He was preceded in death by his parents, Herl and Josie Adkins; brothers, Dempsey Herl Adkins and Archie "Bubby" Wayne Adkins; and sisters, Margaret Ann Jones and Naoma Kay Wood.
Surviving are Loretta "Ginger" Adkins of Bloomingrose; daughters, Paulina (Herman) Runion of Bloomingrose and Claudia Sheets of Seth; sons, Jackie (Rebecca) Adkins of Lester and Joseph (Cephia) Adkins of Bloomingrose; sisters, Linda May Williams (Ulysses) of Lester, Glenda Sue Adkins (Roger) of Mount Hope and Loretta May Adkins (Carson) of Pax; brother, Kenneth Lee Adkins (Donna) of Pax; granddaughters, Kerstin Adkins, Heather Carr and Alyssa Adkins; grandsons, Jacob Runion, Jared Adkins, Trenton Sheets, Jayden Sheets and Brayden Sheets; and great-grandson, Brenton Carr. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, with one special nephew, Rusty Hill.
Funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Toneys Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Bloomingrose, with Pastor Roger Halstead, Pastor Junior Perdue and Troy Howerton officiating. Interment will follow in Adkins Cemetery, Joe's Creek.
Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service at the church.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is serving the family.
He was born July 2, 1917, to the late William and Viola Barrett. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine and Dolores, and brothers, William, Robert and Raymond.
Leo is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was also honorary uncle to many in the Roxalana neighborhood, especially those of the Hudson and Martin families.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Christ the King Church, Dunbar, with Father Joseph Tuscan officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Dixie eventually ended up in St. Albans, where she attended SAHS and was class officer her junior and senior years. She was also a majorette and voted Homecoming Queen, "Miss Red Dragon." She was active in many clubs and sororities. She attended Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital Nursing School, where she graduated as a medical technologist. She worked in the lab at H.J. Thomas Hospital for several years.
A little later in life Dixie met Jim Conley. They married and moved their family of four children to Vienna. Dixie enjoyed golf very much and played many rounds at Oxbow Golf Course (weather be damned) with her friend, Helen Holdridge. She enjoyed reading, gardening and homemaking. She later earned her GRS in real estate and was relocation director at two firms. A move to North Carolina seemed an excellent opportunity for Jim and Dixie, but it was not to be as Dixie suffered a debilitating stroke in 1992. She valiantly lived with its marks for over 21 years.
Dixie is survived by her loving husband, Jim of Belpre, Ohio; sons, Yale Conley, M.D., and Vince Conley of Vienna and Steven Wade of San Jose, Calif.; daughter, Dawn Wade Randle of Grover, N.C.; two siblings, Judy O'Brien of North Brook, Ill., and James E. Matheney of St. Albans; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Dixie has been such an inspiration to those seeing her battle the damages of stroke.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warriors or Salvation Army.
A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Leavitt Family Center, Parkersburg.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol. He is also survived by his children, Mathew, Joshua, Michelle, Dell, Brian and Marci, and grandchildren, Evan, Molly, Sabrina and Alex.
"Ever since God brought us together, I have loved you more and more with every passing moment - even though God has now taken you home. We will be together again, where we will live with our Lord forever and ever." Amen.
Good Shepherd Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Born Dec. 25, 1940, in Kingston, he was the son of the late George Washington Edwards and Edith C. Phillips Edwards.
He was retired from Berkeley County Schools.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Jane Koch Edwards; a son from a previous marriage, Michael Ryan Edwards and wife, Kate, of Maiden, N.C.; two grandchildren, Julianne and Cora Edwards; and two brothers, George M. Edwards and wife, Dori, of Fayetteville and James L. Edwards and wife, Betty, of South Gate, Mich.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Eric Edwards, and two sisters, Odessa Wilson and Juanita Edwards.
Interment service will be conducted at the convenience of the family at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403; North Berkeley Public Library, 1255 TJ Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419; or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sattis O. "Doc" Harrison, and their infant son, Roger Allen. Also preceding her in death were her parents, J. Lunne and Sadie Harrison; her sisters, Virginia Wiblin, Violet Waite, Reba Ranson, Gaynelle Burdette and Edna Mae Jenkins; and brother, J.L. Harrison.
Tat is survived by her daughter, Donna Jividen, and son-in-law, Veril; granddaughters, Deanna Farmer and husband, Steve, and Christy Hunter and husband, Ray; grandson, Dana Jividen; and great-grandchildren, Andrew and wife, Amy, and Aaron Jividen, Cody and Colt Farmer and Katie and Kari Hunter. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Mary Harrison.
The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care, especially Lori and Kristin, for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.
Tat's funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with visitation one hour prior to the service at 1 p.m. Gary Monday, her nephew, will be officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.
Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence or memory may do so at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV 25526, is honored to handle Mrs. Harrison's arrangements.
He was born in South Charleston on May 1, 1947, to Dr. Charles and Lucille Lake. His mother walked to Thomas Hospital, where he was born, as his father was just beginning his dental practice, and the family lived over the dental office close to the hospital. David was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Lake; grandparents, Charles and Mable Lake; infant sister, Karen Lynn; brother, Steven; and niece, Renee.
He is survived by his loving wife, Codetta "Cody" Cunningham Lake; father, Charles of South Charleston; brothers, Terry of South Charleston and Thomas and wife, Dianna, of New Port Richey, Fla; nephew, Jeremy, his wife, MacKenzie, and son, Gryphon, who are stationed in Okinawa, Japan, with the U.S. Air Force; niece, Kristin Mack, husband, Evan, and sons, Carter and Henry, of Albany, N.Y.; nephews, Alexi, a student at University of South Florida, and Tasso, a junior at Gulf High School in New Port Richie; and brother-in-law, Charles "Skeet" Cunningham of Evans.
David was raised in St. Albans and graduated from Greenbrier Military School. He attended West Virginia University, Beckley Junior College and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in business administration. He was a lifelong member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, where he worshiped his Lord and Savior. His attendance there led him to his wife of 38 years. They were introduced by the mother of one of his confirmation classmates. They were married May 24, 1975, at Cedar Lakes, near Ripley.
Shortly after their wedding, David decided to become a funeral director and served his apprenticeship at Snodgrass Funeral Home before attending Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After graduation he worked for Reger Funeral Home in Huntington. He returned to South Charleston and Snodgrass, where he was a dedicated and caring funeral director for six years.
Looking for a change, he bought ACE Furniture in Nitro and ran it successfully for many years.
With Cody he bought a Minuteman Press franchise in South Charleston. He grew to love the business and worked hard to maintain quality and keep up with business changes and practices. He was forced into medical disability and retirement by the progression of ALS. While he did not go to the shop, he expected a daily report on jobs and orders from Cody. He continued to be involved in "rallying the troops" at Minuteman Press. He was proud and grateful for the work and support of the staff, Richie Williams, Stephen Fisher and Jennifer Smith.
David loved being Godfather to Jeremy, Kristin and his namesake, Tasso David. His kind and gentle spirit surrounded them always.
He was diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease a little over 11 years ago. His life was extended by the support he received from the caring doctors and staff at the MDA ALS Clinic in Morgantown. He tried to schedule fall appointments around WVU football games. As his walking became difficult, he used his power chair to get to the games. He would walk down to his seat, giving his doctor, Lud Guttmann, a chance to evaluate his progress.
David loved his cats. The current group slept and guarded his bed during his final hours.
We are grateful for the care he received from Donna at Right At Home. His passing was eased by support from Hospice Care of Charleston.
Family and friends may gather for visitation on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.
A service to honor the life of David Lake will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, Charleston, WV 25314, with Pastor Rafe Allison officiating. A luncheon at the church will take place immediately after the funeral service. Entombment will then follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536; The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301; Muscular Dystrophy Association - WEB, P.O. Box 78960, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8960; or to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, Charleston, WV 25314.
The family would truly appreciate friends sharing memories and condolences by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting David Lake's obituary.
Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is handling the arrangements.
Born June 19, 1943, at Renick, Mr. Owens was a retired watch repairman and was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Owens Grizzel.
Survivors include two sisters, Wanda Ervin of Renick and Mildred Smith of Carrollton, Ohio.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Roger Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Morningside Cemetery, Renick.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh.net.
Charlie was born Oct. 29, 1937, in Jackson County, son of the late John and Addie Crane Pierson. He was a 1955 graduate of Ripley High School and had attended Fairplain Union Church.
Charlie was hired by Kaiser Aluminum in 1960, originally in casting, but soon transferred into the guard force. He worked his way through the ranks and eventually was named head of plant protection, which included the guards, fire protection and medical. He worked tirelessly to improve and shape the department to include fully certified paramedics, trained and certified firefighters, OSHA qualified rescue personnel and a complimentary medical department. He was a strong-willed leader who constantly promoted new personnel, training and equipment until he ultimately gained corporate approval for whatever innovation he believed in for the safety and well-being for the entire workforce. Not known for political correctness, he garnered genuine respect from friend and foe alike due to his brutal honesty, knowledge, willingness to change and ability to get the most out of his people by recognizing and developing their abilities.
As his career advanced he worked for Kaiser, Ravenswood Aluminum, Century Aluminum and Pechiney Rolled Products before retiring on Jan. 1, 2000.
It was also in 1960 when Charlie joined the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department. He remained a member for many years and was instrumental, in 1982, in organizing a trained group of personnel in southern Jackson County as firefighters when the Ripley department became interested in opening a sub-station in the Kenna area. That department became autonomous in 1995 when it was organized as the Southern Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department with Charlie as its first and, until Saturday, only chief.
That department also grew under his leadership in competence and ability with the assistance of his wife, Brenda, daughter, Lori, and son, Jay. In July 2002, southern Jackson County was asked to provide on-site hazmat protection and response for then-president George W. Bush during his visit to Ripley on Independence Day. A role usually filled by the military, southern Jackson County was selected following a covert investigation by the Secret Service that found the local department's personnel, training and equipment equaled that of the military.
Charlie was also a Mason, a member of the state Firefighters Association, state Fire Chiefs Association and International Association of Safety Professionals. At the time of his death he was also chairman of the 911 Advisory Committee, Local Emergency Planning Council and was the deputy sheriff's representative on the Civil Service Board.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Brenda Casto Pierson; son, Jay Pierson (Melanie) of Fairplain; daughter, Lori Pierson of Fairplain; and grandchildren, Devin, Emily, Morgan and Samuel Pierson, all of Fairplain. He is also survived by one sister and was preceded in death by one sister.
A service honoring Charlie's life, with full fire service honors, will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with John Gunther officiating. Interment will follow the service at Fairplain Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Public safety members wishing to attend the service and bring apparatus may contact Jason Baltic at 304-532-8272.
Online condolences may be sent to www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.
She was the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Naomi (Neff) Reynolds. Louie, a member of the First Advent Christian Church in Dunbar, was also preceded in death by her husband, James Milroy Six; brother, Howard Reynolds; and sisters, Lucille Six and Lorena Reynolds.
She is survived by her son, Charles Edward Six Sr. and wife, Joy, of Scott Depot; brothers, Harold Reynolds of St. Albans and Hanley Reynolds of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Lactie Calvert of Bridgeport and Loreta Phillips of Fairmont; grandchildren, Charles Six Jr. and wife, Valerie, James Robert Six and wife, Amie, and Michael Scott Six and wife, Donna; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Anthony, Ashley, Megan, Michael Jr., Chase and Luke; and great-great-granddaughter, Aubree.
The family would like to thank CAMC Teays Valley Hospital ICU and ER staff as well as all the staff of Putnam Care and Rehab nursing home for their wonderful care of Louie.
Louie's funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with Pastor Nahum Balser officiating. Burial will be at Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin.
Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.
Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, is in charge of the arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Beulah; his parents, Gilbert and Nannie Sovine; his twin sons, Stephen Clay and Michael Ray; and brother, Jim Sovine.
He was a member of Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by daughter, Joan Sovine of Hurricane; son, John W. Sovine Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Fayetteville, N.C.; daughter, Beth Milam of St. Albans; his precious grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, David Sovine of Hurricane, Rachel Patrick of St. Albans, JR Sovine of Naperville, Ill., and Holly Sovine of Boone, N.C.; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Madge Howerton of Cumberland, Va.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Philip Bower officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.
He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Tolley of Dunbar, and two nephews he loved dearly, Ed Tolley of St. Albans and Ron Tolley of South Carolina.
There will be no visitation. A private service will be held at Thurston Family Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Esber was preceded in death by his parents, Naif and Margaret Tweel. He is survived by his wife, Carol Lynn; son, Brian; daughter, Monica; son, Brent (Mandy); six grandchildren, Elizabeth, David, Alexander, Abigail, Wyatt and Thatcher; and his brother, Victor Tweel.
Esber was born in Huntington, graduated from Marshall with a B.S. in engineering and then, later, at Virginia Seminary with a Master's of Divinity. He started his ministry in Romney at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church before moving to Charleston in 1974 as priest of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Kanawha City. It was here that he embraced and served his congregation for 30-plus years. During this time he developed a daycare at the church that touched the lives of multiple generations and developed tours of the Holy Land and the Middle East in hopes of bringing about awareness, tolerance and, most of all, peace.
In addition to his dedication to family, community and parishioners, Esber will always be remembered for his love of martial arts, weight lifting, racquetball and riding his bike to visit families throughout Kanawha City and at the hospital. His drive to remain fit and active extended beyond the confines of his disease, which allowed those at Nautilus to become a second family that he cherished and exercised with up until the week before his passing. Although he never met a stranger, his family will always remember the support and companionship that he received by a close circle of friends that visited him every Saturday in recent years. His grandchildren will always remember their Jiddi for his treasure hunts, rides on his wheelchair and his pearls of wisdom. We also would be remiss if we did not thank Joe Rodgers, his caregiver, whose banter always uplifted his spirit.
Esber will be honored at a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14 at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Jim Lewis, the Rev. Dr. Jennie Gould and the Rev. Kent Higgins officiating. A memorial gathering will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd following the service.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Manna Meal or Hospice.
She was born March 19, 1935, to the late Raymond Ray Johnson and Lucille Belle Fox Johnson.
She was a beautician and owned and operated her own salon, Wyoming Beauty Salon, in Mullens for 24 years.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 45 years. Wanda was very active in her sorority and met many lifelong friends that she cherished.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Phyllis June Johnson, Barbara Williams and Helen Ratliff, and a brother, Roger Johnson.
Wanda is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Harold Owen White of Beckley; her daughter, Kim White at home, who was by her side; son and daughter-in-law, Greg White and Donna Slayton of Charleston; son and daughter-in-law, Brad White and Lisa Samples White of Charleston; grandson, Hunter White; granddaughters, Alexa, Bria and Braelyn White of Charleston; and sisters, Betty Graham of Mullens and Patty Bard of Westerville, Ohio. She is also survived by many caring relatives and friends.
Wanda White was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She devoted her life to being a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She took pride in family traditions, hosting a Christmas breakfast every year, where she would cook her famous ham and gravy for her entire extended family to enjoy. She loved to bake and always took on the challenge to try a new recipe.
A tribute to the life of Wanda White will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, with Pastor Roger Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park, Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.
Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Donald was born March 1, 1944, in Lorain, Ohio. Don is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Eagle Widener; son, David Ray Widener of Duck; and daughters, Shelly Widener-Tanner (Scott) and Pamela Widener-Stout (Garrett), both of Duck. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kevin Tanner (Christina Tanner), Emily Faith Tanner, Madison Paugh, Isaac Paugh, Morgan Stout and Nathan Stout; and one great-grandson, Braxton Scott Tanner. Don is also survived by brothers, Gerald Widener of Hacker Valley, Tommy Widener of Savannah, Ga., and Gary Widener of Wilkesboro, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.
Don was a self-made man and had a love for business. At the height of his career he and Linda owned and operated nine supermarkets. He currently owned and operated Bulk Food Superstore in Flatwoods. Don's family was the most important thing in his life; he cherished time spent with them at home and at work. A well-known fact was that, after hours, his business was run from the coffee table in the living room rather than his office, because that allowed him more time with family. Donald had a love for traveling with his family. He took several trips out west with his grandchildren. Don was a great man who led by example and exhibited passion for God, family and business.
Family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main St., Flatwoods, WV 26621. A private family graveside service will be held at Eagle Cemetery with Pastor Dewey Tanner and the Rev. A. Scott Tanner officiating.
Words of comfort and fond memories may be expressed to the family at stockert-sizemore.com.
Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the family of Donald Ray Widener.
Born March 24, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Joseph W. Stover and Kate Craig Stover. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll R. Williams, as well as four brothers and five sisters.
Survivors include her children, Donnie Williams of Ravenswood, Mike Williams of Leon, Teresa Hart of Liberty and Greg Williams of Eleanor; brothers, Bob Stover of Buffalo and Jerry Stover of Nitro; sisters, Lorena Belle Rogers of Baltimore, Ohio, and Joan Smith of Red House; grandchildren, Robert Williams of Buffalo, Lisa Thompson of Leon, Kelly Reedy of Liberty, Candace Johnson and Billy Johnson, both of Liberty, and Hailey Williams, Blake Williams and Macey Williams, all of Eleanor; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Reedy, Hannah Reedy, Hayden Thompson, Brooklyn Thompson, Camryn Cossin, Huntre Cossin, Courtney Johnson and Mason Johnson.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Kanawha HospiceCare for their compassionate service.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Red House.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the Williams family by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.
Raynes Funeral Home, 2117 Buffalo Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.