Patsy Catherine Allinder, 80, of Point Pleasant, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born Aug. 5, 1933, in Kanawha County, a daughter of the late Joe and Charlotte Allinder. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by one brother, John Allinder.
She is survived by one brother, Joe and Mary Jo Allinder of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.
Patsy was a loving sister and aunt and a friend to all who knew her, and will be missed greatly.
At her request, there will be no visitation and the service and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, is serving the family.
Charles Kenneth Black died unexpectedly Friday, March 14, as he was leaving his garden. Kenneth was born in Baldwin on Feb. 26, 1919, the third son of Orpha Messenger and Charlie Black. His parents and five brothers, Glennn, Deward, Russ, Bill and Lynn, preceded him in death, as did his beloved Springer Spaniel, Max. He is survived by his sister, Joy Rhoades of Akron, Ohio; his wife, Mary Susan of Stouts Mills; and son, David Kenneth and wife, Dana, of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kenneth attended the two-room school in Baldwin and Oak Grove United Brethren Church. He graduated from Sand Fork High School. For a time he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, mostly at Coopers Rock. He joined the Army Air Force at the outset of World War II and was stationed during the war with the Eighth Air Force at Bassingbourn, England. Kenneth was a member of the 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Squadron. Famously known as the "Ragged Irregulars," the 91st flew countless critical missions, most notably during D-Day.
Returning from the war, he graduated from mechanic school at Nashville Auto Diesel College, Nashville, Tenn.
Back home, he worked on the pipeline and as a welder in central West Virginia and as a mechanic at the Chevrolet garage. He retired as a well-known parts man at Rastle's Auto.
For several years he kept cattle on the family farm, gardened, enjoyed his membership at Gilmer County Masonic Lodge No. 118, where he earned his 50-year pin, and was an avid follower of WVU football and basketball. At 95, he had lived a good life.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Service will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in Stalnaker Cemetery, Glenville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gilmer Senior Center, 720 N. Lewis St., Glenville, WV 26351.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Charles Kenneth Black with arrangements.
Ola M. Groff, 92, of Sutton, passed away at home on March 15, 2014. She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Holly, a daughter of the late John William Grimm and Lula Myrtle (Rose) Grimm.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Groff was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Frank Groff; daughter, Marlene Gregory; brothers, Buren, Byron, Boyd, Buell, Bill and Berton Grimm; and sisters, Ocie Wilmoth, Ora Eubank and Virgie Skidmore.
Ola is survived by her daughters, Marjorie Singleton and husband, Max, of Napier and Karen Fox and husband, Bob, of Ripley, and son-in-law, Robert Gregory of Heaters. She is also survived by grandchildren, Linda James, Robyn Stewart and Jim, Tammy Facemire and Doug, Todd Fox and Lisa and Mike Fox and Shawna; great-grandchildren, Nathan James, Ian Stewart and Sonya, Heath Stewart and Michele, Joseph Stewart and Terri, Corey, Kayla and Jessica Facemire, Derek, Tyler and Courtney Fox and Carson and Gavin Fox; great-great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Landon, Ashton and Gabriella Stewart; one brother, Berl Grimm of Cleveland, Ohio; and sisters-in-law, Marie Grimm of Evans, Freda Sonnie of Cleveland, Ohio, and Nell Grimm of Hazard, Ky.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.
Funeral service will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, with the Rev. Bryon Bukovesky officiating. Burial will follow at Groff Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Ola to Hospice Care of Burnsville, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Groff family.
Online condolences may be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com.
Pamela "Pam" M. (Davis) Harris, 64, of Ravenswood, passed away March 15, 2014, in Charleston, after a short illness. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Pam was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Lou (Hughart) Davis, and her brother, Stephen Davis.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of nine-and-a-half years, Larry Harris; stepdaughters, Kimberly Fraley and Michelle Selvage; stepson, Johnny Harris; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren who reside in Ohio. Pam is also survived by her father, William (JoAnn) Davis of Clendenin; sisters, Jean (Edward) Andrews of South Charleston and Sharon K. (Keith) Todd of Clendenin; and nephews and niece, Ed (Rebekah) Andrews of St. Albans, Michael (Kim) Andrews of Honolulu, Hawaii, Grant and Scott Todd of Charleston and Carrie Ann Lusk of Jacksonville, Fla.
She loved reading, painting, sewing, cross stitch and crochet. Pam retired from the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities and previously worked at WVU Health Sciences Center: Charleston Division; Kanawha County Public Library; The Diamond Department Store; Frankenberger Department Store; as well as Clendenin Lumber Co.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Forwood officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is in charge of the arrangements for the Harris family.
Linda L. Holmes, 66, of Sissonville, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Cedar Ridge Center.
She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, Wolfe Pen.
Linda received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia State College and worked in the master's degree program through the College of Graduate Studies. She always enjoyed being a part of a variety of training programs. She was director of training/instructor for Opportunities Industrialization, Inc. (OIC) and also a substitute teacher for the Kanawha County school system.
Linda was preceded in death by her cherished parents, Leon and Stella Thaxton Skeens Holmes; a brother and his wife, Jack and Katheryn Skeens; nephew, Tony Skeens; and brother-in-law, Kenny Ratliff.
Surviving are precious brothers, Robert Skeens and wife, Marlene, of Charleston and "Wolfe Pen Mayor" Jimmy Holmes and wife, Dorothy, of Charleston; angelic sister, Peggy Ratliff of Campbells Creek; special nieces, Misti Cochran and husband, Jim, of North Charleston, Ranae Meadows and husband, Okey, of Coopers Creek and Kelly Tincher of Hurricane; hard-working nephews, Richard Skeens of Clarksburg, Mark Skeens of Charleston, Kevin Skeens and wife, Kelly, of Charleston and Keith Ratliff and wife, Jamie, of Campbells Creek; and the appreciated frequent visits of great-niece, Makenzie Cochran, and great-nephew, Jayleb Cochran. Also surviving are special friends, Nancy Walker Gibson, Patricia Ross, Carol Hodge, Minaird Ford and family, and all of her Red Hat Society friends. She was also fully blessed by other loving family members, compassionate cousins and caring friends and neighbors.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Campbell officiating. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, also at the funeral home.
Committal service and entombment will be Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the mausoleum chapel at Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her name to Elizabeth Baptist Church, 2550 Wolfe Pen Drive, Charleston, WV 25312.
"I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave, when life is done."
The family will accept memorial online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Holmes family.
Linda "Sissy" Gale Newcomer, 63, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, following a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Ray Newcomer Sr. and Belvia Louise (Keeney) Newcomer, and brother, Donald Ray Newcomer Jr.
She is survived by her brothers, James, Dale and Sam Newcomer; sisters, Joyce Sheets, Vicki Kiser, Carol Monroe, Phyllis Cooper and Priscilla Mohamed; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.
A memorial service will be held in Linda's honor at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with Joyce Sheets delivering the eulogy. Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.
Michael Eugene Parsons, 68, of Craigsville, went home to be with the Lord on March 14, 2014, at the Veterans Hospital, Beckley.
He was born July 1, 1945, to the late Woodrow and Sylvia Arbaguast Parsons in Dixie.
He was caring, kind, always willing to help, quite turned man, didn't want for material things and wouldn't ask for help for himself.
He had many, many friends.
He loved nature.
He was preceded in death by parents, Woodrow and Sylvia Parsons; sister, Carol Naomi Plummer; brother, Jackie Wayne Parsons; and half-sister, Laura Pam Meadows.
Survivors include two sisters, June Hinkle of Craigsville and Betty Legg of Oak Hill, and several nephews and nieces.
Service will be held at noon Tuesday, March 18, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jack Cole officiating. Interment will be in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.Officiating will be Pastor Jack Cole.
All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood.
Douglas Paul Patterson, 71, of Ripley, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014, at O'Blennes Memorial Hospital, Athens, following a long illness.
He was born Dec. 2, 1942, in Ravenswood, son of the late Clyde and Irene McCauley Patterson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Ripley Post 107 of the American Legion and a retired truck driver from the Teamsters Local in Hurricane.
In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary Patterson, in 2009.
Surviving are his son, John Patterson of Amesville, Ohio; daughters, Sandra Pursley (Sonny) of Ripley and Elizabeth Kenny (Clyde) of Ripley; grandchildren, Jeremy McVey (Tara), Sean McVey, Jessika Patterson, Shawn Patterson, Ryan Patterson, Candice Patterson, David Patterson and Brady Patterson; step-grandchildren, Daniel Pursley, Nathaniel Pursley and Amy Whyte (Quincey); great-grandchildren, Gage, Alexis, Tristan and Winter McVey and Gracelynn Savage; and step-great-grandchildren, Zavien and Zakeya Whyte.
A service celebrating the life of Douglas Patterson will be held Tuesday, March 18, at 2:30 p.m. at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor George Freshour officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Parsons Cemetery, Gay.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Online condolences may be sent to www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.
The memorial service for Michael Kenneth Petties, who passed away at home in South Charleston on March 10, 2014, will be held at Durgan Funeral Home, Inc., Beckley, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.
Michael, an adult with cerebral palsy, was cared for in the family home his entire life. He will be truly missed by his father, Kenneth Petties of Nitro; sister, Michelle Petties of St. Albans; grandmother, Corintha Hawkins of South Charleston; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.
Durgan Funeral Home, Inc., 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, is in charge of arrangements; 304-253-8881; email@example.com.
Charles Edward Smith, 67, passed away on March 14, 2014 at his home after a long illness.
Born July 12, 1946 in Charleston, he was the son of the late Virgil and Louise Smith.
Charles served our country in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked for the US Postal service for 25 years.
He proceeded in death by one sister, Nancy Zagst.
Charles is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sylvia Fink Smith; one daughter, Tamaria Lynch and her husband, Dana; two grandchildren, Charles "Chuck" and Allisyn Lynch; and three sisters, Linda Baily, Debbie Haynes and Evelyn Kissinger.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 at Cross Roads Community Church with Pastor Ben Fowler officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV.
Arrangements entrusted to Long & Fisher Funeral Home.
Barbara Ann Wells, 74, of Hernshaw, passed away March 14, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
Barbara was born July 3, 1939, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to the late Austin and Frances Hill. She was retired with 32 years of service from the West Virginia State Department of Employment Security and was a member of Shrewsbury Church of God.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Janice Lawrence, and brother, Richard Hill.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, William R. Wells; daughter, Kelly Lucas of Charleston; son, Jeff Wells of Winifred; grandchildren, Courtney Lucas of Charleston, Scotty Wells of Winifred and Breeanna Wells of Winifred; brothers, Larry Hill of Hernshaw and William Hill of Charleston; sisters, Joyce Tuemler of Johnson City, Tenn., and Sharon Ellis of Charleston; seven nieces and seven nephews; and a host of friends.
A visitation with family and friends will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., with the funeral service beginning at 7 p.m., at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Jack Pittman officiating. At the conclusion of the service, at Barbara's request, her body will then be cremated.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
The online guestbook for Barbara Ann Wells can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.