Mr. Cephas Asbury, 92, of Kellys Creek, went home to be with the Lord, March 7, 2014, at home.
He is retired from Union Carbide and a member of Kellys Creek Independent Church. Cephas is an Army Veteran serving during WWII and is a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Lois June Asbury and son, Buster Asbury.
He is survived by his daughter, Dreama and husband, Harvey Berna of Kellys Creek; daughter-in-law, Sue Kiser of Kellys Creek; brother, Harley Asbury of Kellys Creek; four grandchildren, Stuart and wife, Georgette Asbury, Cody and wife, Phyllis Slater, Lee and wife, Cindy Slater and Tressie Kiser; and five great-grandchildren, Kaysie, Brandon, Dillon, Kaylee and Chelsey.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Hospice Care, especially Joan and Renee, for all the care given to Cephas.
A tribute to the life of Cephas Asbury will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lawrence Slater and the Rev. Donnie Kiser officiating. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Asbury family.
Dorothy Renae Caudill, of Chester, S.C., formerly of Mud River, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Renae was born June 27, 1962. She is the daughter of Lorene and the late Therman Caudill. She is a 1980 graduate of Duval High School and a 1984 graduate of Marshall University. She was employed at Piedmont Medical Center as a coding compliance analyst.
Renae was also preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Deloris Smith; grandparents, Alva and Ethel Harless; and brother, Steve Harless.
She is also survived by companion, Pam Robinson of Chester, S.C.; brothers, Brad Vineyard of Chicago, Ill., John (Sandy) Vineyard of Sallisaw, Okla., Joe Vineyard of Fort Collins, Colo., David (Julie) Smith of Golden, Colo., and Gary (Carolyn) Caudill of Alkol; sisters, Anita (Stanley) Miller of Alkol and Kathy (Scott) Wakefield of Huntington; 13 nieces and nephews; and many friends. By Renae's request, the family will have a private memorial service.
Eddie Ray Dyess Sr., born June 10, 1960, in Charleston, departed this life on March 1, 2014.
Eddie leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Henrietta Dyess; four daughters; five sons; 14 grandchildren; four brothers; one sister; his grandmother; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Service will be Noon Saturday, March 8, at Grace Bible Church, 600 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Heaven gained a special lady on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 when Zella Gillispie, 80, of Alum Creek, passed at home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 1, 1933.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Alum Creek Church of the Nazarene for 42 years.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years, Walter Bob"; children, Debbie (Rusty) Hoover, Sharon (Tony) Alford, Patricia (Mike) Peal, Linda (Buck) Harding, Tammy (Tim) Shell, Karen (Chuck) Bennett, Ronnie Gillispie and Shawn Gillispie; brother, Samuel (Bea) Barker, 18 grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with the Rev. David Mitchell and the Rev. Mayford Witt officiating. Burial will follow at Barker Cemetery, Ashford. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.
On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Orville M. Proctor, 97, passed away at Golden Living Center, in Glasgow. He was a life-long resident of Kanawha County and lived in Big Chimney for over 50 years.
Orville was the only remaining child of Bradford and Pearl Beaver Proctor. Other family members who preceded him in death were his beloved wife of 63 years, Josephine Booker Proctor; sister, Evelyn Proctor Copen; brother, Bobby Grant Proctor; and daughter-in-law, Charlene Hope Snyder Proctor.
Left to cherish his memory and remember his ways are sons; Larry Glenn Proctor & daughter-in-law, Sarah Lee of Strasburg, Va.; Rodney Edward Proctor & daughter-in-law, Judy of Amma; Stephen Paul Proctor & daughter-in-law, Mary Jane of Moneta, Va. Orville was blessed with six grandchildren who knew him as Papa; Todd Proctor of Strasburg, Va.; Nick Proctor of Fishers, Ind.; Shannon Thomas of Vinton, Va.; Stefanie Proctor of Moneta, Va.; Melissa Canterbury of Elkview; and Chad Proctor of Goodview, Va.. Although age, illness and distance prevented him from watching his seven great-grandchildren grow, we know he would have loved them dearly and can hear how he would have chuckled over their antics. They are Emily & Jessica Canterbury of Elkview, Andrew & Sydney Thomas of Vinton, Va., Oscar & Odin Proctor of Goodview, Va. and Erica Proctor of Fishers, Ind.
Orville was born October 17, 1916, and left school during the depression at the age of 16 to work at the Owens-Illinois plant to help his family make ends meet.
He was drafted into the Army in April 1944, and had to leave Josephine, Glenn and Eddie to "wait for him". After basic training, he was sent to Europe during World War II. He was in the 104th Infantry of the 414th Regiment, Company A, attained the rank of PFC and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. After recovering in England from a service related injury, he became a Military Policeman, protecting both cargo and troop trains from Belgium into France. He served with the 383rd Military Police Railway Division in Paris, France as well as in Germany and with the 390th Military Police Battalion in France, Belgium, and Germany.
While serving his country, the Army awarded him the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge First Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II, and Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar. He was honorably discharged from Army service in January 1946. Although he seldom talked about his Army experience, was extremely patriotic and proud to be a World War II veteran.
He returned home to his wife and sons and to his job at Owens-Illinois. His third son, Steve, completed the family within his first year home. Knowing he needed to finish school and get a diploma, he went to Charleston High School at night to get his GED while working full-time. Back on the job, he became financial secretary for Owens-Illinois' Owenizer Club for many years. He worked there for over 30 years until the plant closed. Orville was later employed by Elk Valley Memorial Gardens, General Aviation and retired from Yeager Airport as a maintenance worker.
In his spare time his love for beekeeping kept him busy and he was a member of Kanawha Valley & Roane County Beekeepers Associations and served as a Board Member of the West Virginia State Beekeepers Association.
Before illness prevented it, Orville most recently attended Big Chimney Baptist Church.
Visitation has been set at Hafer Funeral Home for Sunday, March 9 from Noon to 3 p.m. with the funeral service immediately to follow at 3 p.m. The Reverend Bobby Sizemore will officiate. Burial will be in the Proctor portion of Rock Cemetery, on Little Sandy Road, Elkview, WV.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to VFW Post No. 8516, P. O. Box 306, Elkview, WV or American Legion Post 61, Attention: Hoyt Newman, P. O. Box 903, Clendenin, WV 25045.
Lew Gary Tyree II, 41, passed away on March 4, 2014 in Bradenton, Florida. A native of Charleston, Lew graduated from Capitol High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduation. After proudly serving his country, Lew made his home in Florida where he lived for the past 20 years.
Lew received an honorable discharge from the Navy in September 1995. While in service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon, a Coast Guard Unit Commendation, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. For many years after his service, Lew worked in automotive and retail service management. He was a gifted barber and was considered by family and friends one of the best barbers around.
Lew had a loving spirit and would brighten any room as soon as he entered with his laughter and a flash of his memorable smile. He had a love for practical jokes and over the years he made a number of close friends from his time in West Virginia, the Navy and Florida. Along with his many friends, Lew left behind a large family in West Virginia. Both his friends and family will always remember Lew's uplifting, caring and humorous personality. Above all, Lew was a loving father to his two children, Morgan and Trevin. Lew was a proud father who beamed with joy whenever he was around or talking about his children.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy Tyree; his children Morgan Tyree, 15; and Lew Gary Tyree III (Trevin), 11; his father, Lew Gary and Belinda Tyree; his mother, Odarise and Wendell McGhee; his siblings, Anjanette and Shawn Brailsford, Twanna Tyree and Keith Branch, Stephanie Tyree, Matthew Tyree, Andrea Tyree, and Kelly and Chuck Batch; his nieces and nephew, Whitney, Amber and Brooke Brailsford, LaShane Rogers, LeShantel Rogers and Carlyle Branch; his God-brother, Anthony Brooks; and dozens of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral will be held in Florida on March 9 at 3 p.m. at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 North Howard Ave., Tampa FL, with a military internment service on March 11 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Busnell Fl 33513. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 11a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 600 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston WV 25302. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations to Lew's wife and children be sent to Lew G. Tyree II - Lew G. Tyree, 114 Sheridan Circle, Charleston WV 25314. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Ray Williams Funeral Home, www.raywilliamsfuneralhome.com.
Robert Edward Walters, 88, of Charleston, passed away March 2, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways as an accountant for the Right of Way Division. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Also, he was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Beni Kedem Shrine.
Robert attended Stonewall Jackson High School, West Virginia University and graduated from Morris Harvey College. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946.
Robert enjoyed sports of all kinds and especially Mountaineers football, golf and followed his grandsons all through their life in sports and everything they did. He was an animal lover and enjoyed his dog, Bosco, who was a member of his family for 18 years, and especially loved trips to the beach with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Jewell Boggs Walters and sister, Barbara Jean Walters Howell.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Debbie Walters Vecchio-Arnett (Denny Arnett) of St. Albans and Pauline M. Walters Barron of Charleston; grandsons, Anthony Robert Vecchio of Virginia Beach., Va., and John Frank Barron of Charleston; sisters, Juanita Reed of Charleston and Patty Weiford (Bob) of Winfield; and brother-in-law, Pat Boggs (Jeannette) of Hinton. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, at the Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the Cunningham Memorial Park, St Albans.
Friends and family may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.
Online condolences may be sent to the Walters family by visiting www.bartlettburdettecox.com.
Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, is serving the Walters family.