www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: November 23, 2014 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT01/311239966 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT01/311239966 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:03:02 -0500 Brown, Ira E. 2 p.m., Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, Nallen.

Chandler, Anna 2 p.m., Fountain of Life Worship Center, Foster.

Chapman, Raymond 3 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, Craigsville.

Cohenour, William 2 p.m., Cadle Farm, Grassy Meadows.

Cunningham, Eugene 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Dunlap, Debbie 2 p.m., Toney 's Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Comfort.

Furrow, John M. 1 p.m., Carmel Church, Gap Mills.

Hager, Freddie 2 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Harris, John 1 p.m., Stockert

Humphreys, Early 2 p.m., Broyles

Keaton, Galena 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Kidder, Alva Mae 3 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Laurent, Ronald W. 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, South Charleston.

Mahood, Deborah 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

O'Dell, Claudett 1 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Payne, Margie 2 p.m., Chapman Cemetery, Harrison.

Porter, Sharon J. 2 p.m., McGhee

Steele, Delcie 2 p.m., Gatens

Woodall, Larry 1 p.m., Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

Mildred Boggess http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239989 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239989 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:37 -0500 Mildred Jean Boggess, 85, of Charleston, passed away November 19, 2014, at her residence, just as she had wished. Mildred was a loving wife, mother and sister. She was a homemaker and the "Rock of the Family".

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Eugene Boggess; and her parents, Lomas Shuck, Sr. and Helen Conley Shuck.

Surviving her are sons, David Edward Boggess and wife, Linda of Dunbar, Gary Wayne Boggess of Charleston; brother, Lomas A. Shuck, Jr. of Ohio; sister, Glenna McDaniels of Wisc.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Floral Hills Garden of Memories Mausoleum Chapel Pocatalico, WV with Rev. Gerry White officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter 1601 2nd Avenue Charleston, WV 25387. The family will accept memorial online condolences at: cpjfuneralhome.com. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Boggess Family.

Darrell Casdorph, Sr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239975 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239975 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:54 -0500 Darrell Casdorph, Sr., 73, of Charleston, died Sat., Nov. 22, 2014. The full obituary for Mr. Casdorph will appear in Monday's papers. Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Crowder http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239976 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239976 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:53 -0500 Robert Burl Crowder, 74, of Dunbar, died Nov. 22, 2014. Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

LaDonna Dudley http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239986 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239986 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:42 -0500 On November 19, 2014, LaDonna Frances Dudley, passed from this life to become an Angel for the Lord. LaDonna was born in Washington, D.C., in the year of 1953, on January 5, to John Walter Lackey, Sr., and Ursula Elaine Campbell. She was raised in Washington, D.C., and then transcended to West Virginia and completed high school. She continued her formal education and received a degree in Civil Engineering at West Virginia Institute of Technology.

On August 23, 1971, she married Richard Lee Houchins, Sr. From that union two children were born, Richard II and Kymberli. She was a member of New Birth Worship Center, where she volunteered with the food pantry and missionary committee; she also was part of the Inspirational Ministry choir for a moment. She loved movies, reading and her computer games, but her biggest love of all was her family!

She was preceded in death by her father and mother. Her family holds her near and dear in their hearts! She leaves behind her son, Richard Lee Houchins II and wife, Tia of Washington, D.C.; her daughter, Kymberli Rene Stover and husband, Dwayne of Winston-Salem; her grandchildren, Jalen, Morgan and Jordan; her brothers, John Walter Lackey Jr. of Woodbridge, Va., and Michael D. Lackey of Columbus, Ohio; her sister, Jada Watkins and husband, Anthony of Adina, Mich.; her aunts, Stella Isom of Flint, Mich., Betty Fullum of Columbus, Ohio, and Teresa Jordan of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and her uncle, Ralph Dudley of St. Albans.

A celebration of LaDonna's life will be held noon, Monday, November 24, at New Birth Worship Center, 1033 New Birth Lane, East Bend, NC 27018, with Rev. James Hunt officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 11 a.m. until noon. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

LaDonna will be especially remembered for her kind heart, her quick wit, her spirit of adventure and her tireless works with her daycare, The Learning Place.

"You were a beautiful Christian…a special Angel you are. Jesus has chosen a very beautiful rose from His garden. So happy God shared you with us"…

Online condolences may be made to LaDonna's memorial page at www.hayworth-miller.com.

Deloris Fox http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239979 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239979 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:51 -0500 Deloris Lee Kincaid Fox, 83, of Kincaid, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born February 8, 1931, at Kincaid, she was the daughter of Clyde Cardwell Kincaid and Lina Kincaid Vest.

Deloris was a retired accountant having worked for Island Creek Coal Co. and was a member of the Kincaid United Methodist Church, where she seved as secretary/treasurer for the Methodist Women and also as church historian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Corp.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth B. Fox, Sr.; her son, Kenneth B. Fox, Jr. and his wife, Dollie Fox of Kincaid; granddaughter, Devon Fox-Dunham and husband, Kristopher Dunham of Charleston; also surviving is a brother, Clyde Cardwell Kincaid, Jr. and his wife, Jo Ann of Lorain, Ohio.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Joe Darlington and Rev. Arolette Stover officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to service Monday, November 24. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kincaid United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Carrie "Angie" Gaynor http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239988 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239988 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:39 -0500 Carrie "Angie" Gaynor, 46, of Spring Hill, passed away at her home, November 17, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra King; and grandparents, Margaret and George Blackwell and Nan and Harry Gaynor.

Angie is survived by her son, Larry Wayne Means; daughter, Leah Michelle Eastburne; father, Larry Gaynor; step-mother, Linda; brother, Michael Gaynor; stepbrothers, Jerry and Jason Taylor; stepsister, Melissa Taylor. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends that loved her dearly.

Angie will be cremated and her family will gather in her memory at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Mary Gettman http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239985 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239985 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:43 -0500 Mary Madeline Gettman, of Tampa, Fla., was born December 20, 1920, in Tioga, W.Va., to the late Millett H. Bailey and Servia Louise Bailey Nee Curry. She passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the age of 93. Mary was an avid golfer and bridge player at Carrollwood Country Club. She won several club handicap championships during her playing days in two states with the most recent trophy being awarded at the age of 91. She was also very fortunate to have traveled all over the world with her husband, Alex. She will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister.

In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her loving husband, Alex Gettman; and her sister, Merle Frey.

She is survived by her brother, Millett Bailey; son, David Gettman and wife, Marianne; daughter, Ann Zaharis and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Kim, Doug, Kara, Alissa and Julianne. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary's name to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.blountcurrycarrollwood.com. All arrangements are under the direction of Blount & Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618.

Frank Guthrie http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239968 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239968 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:03:00 -0500 Frank Guthrie, 57, of Charleston, died Fri., Nov. 21, 2014. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Brittany Hatfield http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239971 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/OBIT/311239971 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:57 -0500 Brittany Megan Hatfield, 26, of Simon, W.Va., died Nov. 21, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Wed., Nov. 26, at Apostolic House of Faith, Simon. Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Anti-poverty group works toward legislative agenda http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM0104/141129682 DM0104 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM0104/141129682 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:46:39 -0500 By Whitney Burdette Anti-poverty advocates have the opportunity to select which issues could come before the West Virginia Legislature during the 2015 session.

The Our Children, Our Future Campaign, a coalition of individuals and community, faith and social organizations, debated 28 topics during its annual meeting on Thursday, and people associated with the group can now vote on which issues make it onto the group's legislative agenda. Although voting is restricted to people associated with the group, Stephen Smith, a member of the campaign's steering committee, said he expects many will be involved.

"Only people who are connected to the campaign can vote, but we think that number of people is upwards of 10 to 12,000," he said. "It's a pretty loose definition and we sent more than 8 or 9,000 calls, emails and petitions over the past couple of years to people working at the local level or who came to the capital. We don't have a hard and fast number."

Our Children, Our Future has grown in numbers and influence since its inception in 2011. Advocates were successful in lobbying five issues during the 2012 session, and seven of 10 issues last year. Smith said the group's agenda will continue to grow, and he's hoping to see continued success.

"We have a platform of 10 issues ... so we can focus on the things people really, really want to fight for," he said.

Those issues include things such as juvenile justice reform, the revitalization of rural schools, drinking water protection and adequate housing. Some of the issues already have draft legislation and would require state funding. Others are still in the planning stages. Each voter can choose his or her top five issues to be placed on the agenda.

Our Children, Our Future works with lawmakers of both parties, Smith said, so he's confident advocates can continue to be successful at the statehouse, even as the balance of power shifts from Democratic to Republican.

"It's an unknown, but we have no reason to think that the Republicans won't be working closely with us as well," Smith said. "Republicans deserve a lot of credit for the push around children's funding in last year's Legislature. A lot of people don't remember that, but nine Republicans, including leadership, signed onto a letter asking the governor to take the issue and they made a procedural move later in the session.

"It'll be a challenge in that we don't have the history as much working with Republican leadership. Nobody does," Smith said. "But outside of that, we have every reason to be hopeful."

Voting is available online at www.ocofwv.org until 9 a.m. Wednesday. The group will announce its agenda online before making a formal proclamation Dec. 15 at the state Capitol during legislative interims.

Contact writer Whitney Burdette at 304-348-7939 or whitney.burdette@dailymailwv.com. Follow her at www.Twitter.com/wburdette_DM.

New lawmakers to serve on committees http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM01/141129683 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM01/141129683 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:46:19 -0500 By Joel Ebert Two newly elected lawmakers who will represent Kanawha County in the state Senate for the next four years have been selected to become committee chairs.

Republican leaders have picked Tom Takubo, of South Charleston, to chair the Economic Development committee and Ed Gaunch, of Charleston, to chair two committees, Interstate Cooperation and Pensions.

Takubo, who defeated Delegate Doug Skaff in his bid for a Senate seat, is also expected to serve as vice-chair of the Health and Human Resources committee.

Although Takubo said he is entering new territory after being elected to office, he is quite familiar with the topics that will be discussed on both committees.

"I've been involved on the ground level in terms of health care," he said.

Takubo said his experience starting a small business provides him with the necessary knowledge to chair the committee on economic development. In 2007, Tabuko began Pulmonary Associates of Charleston, which he said has become a leader in the state. Today, he says, the company has had upwards of 50,000 patient contacts and a state-of-the art lung center.

"Companies have tried to mirror what we've done," he said. Takubo said he was picked for both committees because of his overall experience.

He said his new role as an elected leader in the community will really be an extension of his current work.

"People put their faith in me to take care of their health," he said. "This will be just another phase that I'll have an opportunity to help people."

Since the Nov. 4 election, Takubo has heard from members of both parties who have offered guidance.

"There's been a lot of positive energy on both sides," he said.

Gaunch, who defeated incumbent Democrat Sen. Erik Wells, said his 40 years of experience in banking and insurance qualify him to serve as chair of the Interstate Cooperation and Pension committees.

Over the years he has served as president and CEO of the Carson Insurance Agency and served on several boards.

The Interstate Cooperation committee is especially interesting, Gaunch said, because it provides an opportunity to look across state lines and see what is and isn't working in neighboring states. He said he understands lawmakers in other states have been cooperative in the past and he hopes that continues when he chairs the committee.

"Maybe we can integrate some things that other states are doing," he noted. He said everything from the structure of West Virginia's judiciary system to tax system will be looked at. He said the committee will also examine the business climates of surrounding states and see if there are things that can be incorporated in West Virginia.

Discussing the pension committee, Gaunch said although he will go from being a citizen who reads about the subject in the newspaper to a decision-maker, he will work to educate himself. He said almost every state has issues they must work on regarding unfunded liabilities and who qualifies for a pension. "I'll look at what we're doing and see if it makes sense."

Gaunch said he has had meetings and phone calls with several individuals, including Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, who didn't run for re-election. While he is unsure of exactly how things will work once he officially takes office, Gaunch is excited.

"Truthfully, I'm a newbie," he said. "But I'm naive enough to think I can be a catalyst to get things done."

Contact writer Joel Ebert at 304-348-4843 or joel.ebert@dailymailwv.com. Follow him on twitter.com/joelebert29.

Some trash schedules change for holiday http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM01/141129684 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM01/141129684 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:45:54 -0500 Some Charleston refuse customers will have trash pickup on different days this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Those who normally have pickup on Thursday will have service on Friday, and Friday customers will have service on Saturday.

All other customers will have normal trash schedules.

Thrift store comes to Cross Lanes http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM05/141129685 DM05 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/DM05/141129685 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:45:33 -0500 A new thrift store called the Church Mouse will open in early December in Cross Lanes.

A grand opening is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the new store, located on Big Tyler Road across from Advanced Auto Parts. The thrift store is an outreach ministry of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church and will offer low prices on clothing, furniture and household goods. Proceeds from sales go toward mission outreach projects.

For more information, call 304-776-3081.

Weston armory to be converted to school garage http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129686 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129686 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:45:08 -0500 WESTON - A former West Virginia National Guard armory in Weston is getting a new mission.

Media outlets report that the Lewis County Board of Education voted last week to buy the facility and convert it to a garage for the school transportation system.

The board will pay about $200,000 for the building and about 4 acres of land.

Board members say the existing garage has limited parking and needs updates.

Union, company discuss issues at W.Va. mine http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129687 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129687 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:44:52 -0500 MORGANTOWN - A United Mine Workers of America spokesman said the union is working with a Patriot Coal Co. subsidiary to resolve issues at a Monongalia County mine.

UMW spokesman Phil Smith told The Dominion Post that union members are continuing to work at Eastern Associated Coal's Federal No. 2 mine. He said the union is in talks with the company.

Union workers at the mine went on strike in mid-October. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order halting the work stoppage.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley granted Eastern's requests to withdraw its motion for the temporary restraining order and to cancel a hearing.

Bluefield celebrates 125th anniversary http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129688 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129688 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:44:41 -0500 BLUEFIELD - Bluefield is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Media outlets report that the city threw a party on Saturday to mark the milestone. The event included displays of Bluefield memorabilia, music, a cake and lemonade.

The displays included programs from the city's centennial celebration in 1989.

Bluefield was established in 1889.

Theater group works to revitalize Logan economy http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129689 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129689 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:44:22 -0500


LOGAN - A community theater group in Logan is using the arts to revitalize the city's downtown economy.

The Southern Coalition for the ARTS has launched a campaign called "A Christmas Carol - Shop Local." The group is offering two free tickets for its production of "A Christmas Carol" to anyone who spends $100 at a participating business between Black Friday and the play's opening night on Dec. 12.

""It's really taken off. A lot of people are contacting us to become part of it," Jamie Butcher, a member of the group, told WSAZ-TV.

Earlier this fall, the group performed "Shrek The Musical" and returned $16,000 of the $25,000 profit to the community.

"We went local with anything we could possibly go local with," Butcher said.

Logan and other southern coalfields communities have been hit by the recent layoffs of hundreds of workers in the mining industry.

"It's really getting scary," Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti told WSAZ.

Nolletti said he hopes the theater group's campaign will bring people into downtown, and that those people will spend money.

The Logan UPS store is one of the businesses participating in the campaign. The store provided tickets, programs, posters and other materials for "Shrek The Musical."

"It's a way to get people in the doors; show them what we can do," John Sword, the store's owner, told WSAZ.

"We didn't have a lot going on downtown. When Shrek came, it was like it breathed life into the local economy there," he said. In addition to giving local businesses a boost, Butcher said the theater group wants to fill another need.

"We are not only economically suffering, we're really culturally deprived in this area," she said.

The Southern Coalition for the ARTS recently won an award from Create West Virginia for its ideas to boost the economy.

Evacuation plans readied as Buffalo flooding looms http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129691 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/ARTICLE/141129691 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:27:16 -0500


The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt.

Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Sunday.

"Err on the side of caution," Cuomo said at a news conference in Cheektowaga. "You prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and that's what we're doing."

Across the Buffalo region - where rising temperatures were expected to approach 60 degrees on Monday - people took that advice to heart.

In Hamburg, Pete Yeskoot bought a portable generator to make sure his sump pump will keep working once the roughly 80 inches of snow that fell on his property melts. Possessions are up on blocks in the basement and he has food for several days.

"Behind us is an 18-mile creek so everything in the village will come through us at some point, so we have to get ready for the possibility of flooding," he said. "And given all this snow, we have to expect that this is real."

Rain fell Sunday, with temperatures rising to 50. It was expected to be even warmer Monday, accompanied by more rain and rising winds, leading to the threat of toppled trees and power outages.

National Guard members spent Sunday clearing storm drains and culverts to facilitate runoff, and shoveling snow off roofs.

The National Weather Service said core samples of the deep snowpack showed it contained as much as 6 inches of water. Forecasters said some stretches of road in urban areas might become submerged under several feet of water if storm drains remained clogged.

The melt could first cause basements to fill up and roads to flood, but another concern was creeks overflowing. In West Seneca, there was already a sewer pump stationed near Michelle Pikula's house along the Buffalo Creek.

"Hopefully the rain won't be here until later and this will be a slow thaw, but flooding is our major, major concern here," she said.

Cuomo said evacuation plans and emergency shelters were being readied in case of flooding Sunday night and Monday. As a backup to Red Cross shelters, Cuomo said the state would have shelters at community colleges and state university campuses.

The state Thruway, which had been closed for 132 miles at the height of the lake-effect storm last week, was entirely open Sunday. All driving bans were lifted except in Lackawanna, where snow-removal crews worked to open up streets that had become parking lots with hundreds of abandoned, buried vehicles.

Most snow-affected school districts remained closed Monday, and at least four called off classes for the entire Thanksgiving week.

Theater group works to revitalize Logan economy http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/GZ01/141129692 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20141123/GZ01/141129692 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:19:11 -0500 LOGAN, W.Va. - A theater group in Logan is using the arts to revitalize the city's downtown economy.

The Southern Coalition for the ARTS has launched a campaign called "A Christmas Carol - Shop Local." The group is offering two free tickets for its production of "A Christmas Carol" to anyone who spends $100 at a participating business between Black Friday and the play's opening night on Dec. 12.

Earlier this fall, the group performed "Shrek The Musical." A member of the group, Jamie Butcher, tells WSAZ-TV that the group bought as much it could from local businesses for the production.

Logan Mayor Serafino Noletti says he hopes the group's campaign will bring people into town.

Online: The Southern Coalition for the ARTS: southerncoalitionarts.com