Deborah was a former employee of Wellingtons and was very active in Poca and Hometown schools, cheerleading and sports.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Andrews; father, Robert L. Jones; children, Heather Stamper, Brandi Pickering, Joshua Pickering and Rachel Pickering and their father, Douglas Pickering; brothers and sisters, Billy Jones, James Jones, Robert Jones Jr., Rebekah Boan and Evan Thomas Jones; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Perry and mother, Jo Ann Jones.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Deborah Andrews will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at St. Timothy's in-the-Valley Church with the Rev. Cheryl Winters officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the home of Heather Stamper, 300 Shetland Lane, Scott Depot, WV 25560 and also one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Lung Association, 2102 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25311.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Andrews family.
Chris was born October 21, 1960, in Charleston, W.Va., to Walter and Dorothea Brownlow and lived in Cedar Grove, W.Va. One of six children, Chris attended DuPont High School and excelled in sports, especially basketball. He graduated from West Virginia State College with a degree in political science. He was also the student body president.
Chris served in the United States Army and received an assignment to Germany. He completed his commitment in Fort Carson, Colo. and stayed in Colorado, where he met his future wife, Kim. They were married August 29, 1992.
In September 1998, Chris went to work with the city of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation as a program coordinator. He set up many programs, like Leon's Kids and Daddy/Daughter Dance. He was a board member of Habitat for Humanity and various community organizations.
Chris remained a lifelong member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Cedar Grove, however, for over 20 years, he was active in worship and various activities at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. He was also involved in the Colorado Via de Cristo ministry for many years.
Chris' character was one of quiet strength, a true gentle giant. He was known for giving those he knew a nickname, even strangers.
Chris is survived by his wife, Kim and three children, David Hairston from Westfield, Ind., Logan Baumgarn from Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Jordan Brownlow from Colorado Springs; three grandchildren, Aiden, Owyn and Anneliese; his brothers and sisters, Sylvia and Alfonso Hooper, Howard Brownlow, Paul Brownlow, Jeff (deceased) and Judy Brownlow and Beverly Brownlow; numerous nieces and nephews and their children, cousins and friends; and uncle, the Rev. Thomas R. Murray Sr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Dorothea Brownlow; a brother, Jeff Brownlow; his grandmother, Callie Murray; and a niece, Candace Brownlow.
Funeral services were held in Colorado on Friday, May 3, 2013.
West Virginia memorial service for Chris will be held Saturday, May 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. Visitation with the family will begin at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. there will be a brief service of memory. Memorial service will be held at New Covenant Baptist Church, 1404 1st Ave., Charleston.
Visitation will be held at Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church, Ona, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, and one hour prior to the funeral at Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church, which will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25. The funeral will be conducted by Pastor Paul Meadows and the Rev. Tim Messinger. Burial will be in Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be special friends and nephews.
John was a member of the Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church. He worked many places, including Goodyear, Caldwell's Farmers Exchange, Ona and Caldwell Farm, selling farm equipment and farming. John loved his local and extended family dearly. He loved his church family, Shonet's Restaurant, the staff and all of his buddies there, and his school buddies; he talked about his school days and football continuously. He was class president of Milton High School in 1950, president of FFA, co-captain of the Milton High School football team and state runner-up, 1949-1950. He had many friends in the farm machinery business. He loved Greg Kirby and his family, Saundra, Cameron and "Pap" Warden, for keeping the farm going when he could not do the work. Both of them were like his sons. He would sit in his truck for hours looking over the land. John was a very strong man but his heart was very weak and it could not do the things his body wanted to do. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Gideon's International. He was the "honorary mayor" of Ona. He will be sorely missed by many. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cabell Midland FFA Dept., #1 Knight Way, Ona, WV 25545. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.
Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are her husband of 26 years, David J. Coleman; mother and father, Georgiana and David King of Charleston; children, Samuel D. Coleman of Charleston and Amanda Coleman White and husband, Petty Officer First Class Blake White, of St. Mary's, Ga.; sister, Georgiana Havener and Henry Havener of High Point, N.C.; two grandchildren, Brody Allen White and Baylor Chandler White of St. Mary's, Ga.; nieces, Laura, Sara and Halie Havener of High Point, N.C.; and favorite uncles, Hugh A. Bailey "Bub" of Charleston and John C. King of Scottsdale, Ariz.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
He was born June 15, 1925, in Maynard to the late Millard Dickens and Icie Taylor Dickens.
Paul was known to everyone as the "Candyman." No matter where he was he always offered a smile and a piece of candy. He was saved in January 1952 and became a member of Nebo Baptist Church in 1995. He was retired from the coal mines. He also painted several cars for different people.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Alderman.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Dickens; daughter, Debbie Duddey and husband, Mike; stepdaughter, Deloris Mollohan; stepsons, Stanley Tanner, Earl and Sharon Tanner, Lester and Angel Tanner, Sam and Debbie Tanner and Randel and Edwina Tanner; sister, Jewel Phipps; brother, Dale and Jean Dickens; and a host of grandchildren great-grandchildren and a multitude of friends.
Service will be conducted at noon Saturday at Nebo Baptist Church with Pastor Dewey Tanner officiating. Interment will follow at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.
Visitation will be held the same afternoon from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.
Private online condolences, floral gifts and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church. She loved to spend time in her yard planting flowers, tending the vegetable garden and enjoyed preparing food for special events at the church. Mae would always keep up with the current fashion trends by hanging out with her grandchildren, shopping at the mall and eating at different restaurants.
She was preceded in death by husband, Roosevelt Forte; sons, Norris and Nathan Forte; and siblings, Joseph McCollum, Lucy Marshall and Lucille White.
She is survived by a sister, Emma L. Parker of Beckley; daughters, Juanita Hicks of Institute, Cynthia Ruffin of Charleston, Emma Forte of Covington, Ga. and Michele Forte of Akron, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Gerald Clark officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park Mausoleum, St. Albans.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Keller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Hospice Services for their loving and special care. Repast will be at Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church after entombment.
Born June 30, 1945, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Gilmore of Pittsburgh, Pa. He graduated from Morris Harvey College, making Charleston his home. Ron retired as a career employee of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Ron is survived by his daughter, Kristen Fout and her husband, Ricky, of Belle and his grandson, Dillon Alford, who was the sunshine of his life. He loved Dillon and, had his illness not kept him from knowing his newest grandson, Brody Fout, that love would have been shared with Brody. He is also survived by a stepson, Michael DiVita of Huntington and grandchildren, Jarad and Gracie Marie DiVita.
Gilmore will be remembered by many for his successful efforts in helping establish a softball league for state employees. His presence on softball fields in the Charleston area is legend among his friends his age. His love of motorcycles and the game of golf often found Gilmore racing down the highway with his clubs precariously balanced on the back of his Harley. He was a deer hunter but the true hunting sport was time spent sharing tales with his hunting buddies. He loved the beach and had a second home in Hilton Head, enjoying the ocean and the golfing there.
Ron thanks his closest friends, Gary Greene and Bob Deitz, for their support as he fought the battle that is Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy Bodies. Thanks also to Ron Hubbard and Mechee Watson for their friendship and words of encouragement.
Gilmore was one of Charleston's special characters. Many recognized him but not many knew him; for those who did, his memory will live on. At his request, there will be no services. If you wish to remember Gilmore in a special way, please make a contribution in his memory to Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Sissonville and a high school graduate. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Caroline.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jerald Guy Jr. of Sissonville and sister and brother-in-law, Kellie and David Favor of Goldtown. She leaves behind to mourn her loss several aunts and uncles.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6823 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville, with Pastors Brad and Stephanie Bennett officiating. The family will receive family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 13673, Sissionville, WV 25360.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, Leroy Harrison of Longwood, Fla. and Daniel Harrison of Palm Bay, Fla.; daughters, Theresa Livasy of Palm Bay, Fla. and Deborah Harrison of Palm Bay, Fla.; and sister, Monta Faye Denny of Columbus, Ohio.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. Burial will follow in Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg.
The family will receive friends one hour prior the service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the Harrison family, and the online guestbook viewed, by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.
Raynes Funeral Home, 2117 Buffalo Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.
David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home from active duty he worked for Deligne Sales and Service in Ansted for several years and, later, the West Virginia State Health Department, where he retired in 1989. You can't keep a good man down. He went on to work and retire again two more times, as a security guard for DuPont Belle Plant until 2004 and at Comfort Inn in Fayetteville as a maintenance man.
David was a great inspiration to many people throughout his life. Over the years David actively served the Lord and the church in various capacities as youth leader, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, devotional leader and as a deacon for 30-plus years in the Fayette and Kanawha County Free Will Baptist Conferences. In recent years, David faithfully attended Gum Springs Independent Baptist Church, where he cherished the friendship and fellowship of his church family. He enjoyed "high-fiving" with the kids and jokingly trying to "make change" when the children collected the offering.
"Papaw" loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed "porch sitting" with a cup of coffee with family and friends, family picnics (especially in the snow) and going to revivals and special services at many area churches. He spent much time reading his Bible. He got a kick out of newspaper comics.
David was a member of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Summersville as well as the Fayette County AARP.
David was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimbra Faye Hess Hobbs and his brother, Columbus "Bunk" Hess.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Isabelle Ruth Skaggs Hess; sons, David Michael Hess and his wife, Lesa, of Beckley and the Rev. Mark Steven Hess and wife, Teana, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Bonita Gail Hess of South Charleston; son-in-law, David Keith Hobbs of Apollo, Pa.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Hess) and the Rev. Adam Hensley, Alicia (Hobbs) and Robert Conklin, Jessica Hobbs, Nathan Hess and Bryson Hess; and great-grandchildren, Isaac and Caleb Hensley. Papaw also left behind his lap-dog, Cocoa.
His smile, strength, humor, Christian example and twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes were a source of encouragement to others. David will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted, with the Rev. Mack Canterbury, the Rev. Robert Hobbs and the Rev. Mark Hess officiating. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor. Pallbearers will be friends from Gum Springs Independent Baptist Church.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.
"God has sent his best Angel to carry this mother home to be with him in Heaven." "I cried when you passed away. I still cry today. Although I loved you dearly, I couldn't make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me that he only takes the best."
She was born January 10, 1928, in Davis Creek to the late Rufus and Iva Means.
Helen was preceded in death by her children's father, Herman Earl Holstein and significant other of 25 years, Melvin Jeffery; and her loving son, Marcel Cerdan Holstein.
Helen was the most loving and caring mother to her 13 children still living, who will miss her greatly. The children have been by her side throughout this hard time.
Surviving children, Judy (Gary) Atkins, Tony (Shirley) Holstein, Danny (Betty) Holstein, Reyna (David) Pozzie, Arlene Holstein, Ray Holstein, Pam Manthis, Jennings (Jenks) Holstein, Rex (Sherri) Holstein, Laura (Dennis) Lovejoy, Aaron (Georgianna) Holstein, Iva (Ronnie) Dolin and Barbara Roberts; 30 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Cook; and many nieces, nephews, friends and many other extended family members who will miss her greatly.
The family would like to thank Hospice staff for all of their love and support at the end of her life.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Camp Creek Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Stevie Cox officiating. Burial will be in Barker Cemetery, White Oak.
Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Evelyn was born January 18, 1918, to the late Harry and Carrie Graff of Haverhill, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Miles Besco Hughes; daughter, Carol Ann Snodgrass of Buena Vista, Va.; and brother, Johnny Graff of Wheelersburg, Ohio.
She is survived by sons, Miles G. Hughes (Rochelle) of Phoenix, Ariz., Gary L. Hughes (Carol) of Glenelg, Md., Patrick W. Hughes and Russell L. Hughes (Barbara) of Elon, N.C.; and daughter, Rose Evelyn Byrd (Rolland) of Mebane, N.C.; and brothers, Joe Graff (Wanda) of Haverhill, Ohio and Arval Graff (Blanche) of Portsmouth, Ohio. Evelyn had six children; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Haverhill United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Grice officiating. Burial will follow in the local Haverhill Cemetery. A reception will then be held for family and friends back in the Community Center at the church.
Friends may also call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the church, prior to the service.
Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg, Ohio, is coordinating the arrangements.
Donald attended Wilson Junior High and Stonewall Jackson High School. He currently worked for the city of South Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donnie "Pete" Jarrell; his loving wife, Trina Jarrell; and his stepson, Joshua Elliott.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving mother, Loretta Koch and stepfather, Richard Koch, of Greenville, S.C.; his children, Leighann Moffatt, Joseph Jarrell, "DJ" Jarrell and Chelsea Fore, all of Charleston, and Shawn Bates of Barboursville; stepchildren, Amanda Elliott and Cody Elliott; sisters, Donna Lacy of Charleston and Linda Walls of Orlando, Fla.; nephews, Danny Lacy and Stephen Walls; and grandchildren, Hunter Shaffer and Chance Fore of Charleston and Caeleigh, Isiah, Issac and Catelin Bates of Barboursville. Donald will also be greatly missed by his special Mom, Gloria.
A celebration of Donald's life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City. Graveside service will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. in Walker Cemetery, Tuppers Creek.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387 or the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association Animal Shelter, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Jarrell family.
Phoeba was born October 14, 1919, to the late William and Agnes Fridley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her devoted husband of more than 60 years, Harry Layton and two children, Phyllis Layton and Ray Layton. She was also preceded in death by nine siblings, Ellen Isaac, Dorothy Layton, Dolly Carpenter, Ruby Gatens, Jean Elkins, Ernestine Thompson, Ulysses Fridley, Vineyard "Samuel" Fridley and Earl Fridley, as well as multiple nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
She was an active member of Springfork Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a former member of the church choir and the ladies circle and also taught Sunday school for many years. She loved her church family and was a blessing to all who knew her.
She is survived by her five loving children, Marilyn Hudnall (Bernard) of St. Albans, Roy Layton (Joyce) of Campbells Creek, Harry Wayne Layton (Frances) of Oak Hill, Shirley Wilson (Rev. Randall) of Campbells Creek and Danny Layton (Linda) of Campbells Creek; and eight grandchildren, Roger Hudnall of St. Albans, Tana Tolley (Rich) of Hurricane, Terry Layton (Lynda) of Walton, Lisa Payne (John "JJ") of Snellville, Ga., Molly Kinsey (John) of Emporia, Va., Tina Layton of Campbells Creek, Julie Meadows (Jeremiah) of Campbells Creek and Melissa Carter (Stacy) of Campbells Creek.
Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, Cassandra Hudnall of St. Albans, Jeffrey "Jay" Layton of Cleveland, Ohio, Brandon Layton of Snellville, Ga., Frankie Layton of Snellville, Ga., Donte Layton of Oak Hill, Ashley Layton of Walton, Marissa Tolley of Hurricane, Daniel Layton of Campbells Creek, Graceion Meadows of Campbells Creek, Tasha McMillan of Campbells Creek and Johnee Loggins of Campbells Creek; two step-great-grandchildren, Rebekah Kinsey of Emporia, Va. and Sarah Carter (Greg) of Corbin, Ky.; as well as four great-great-grandchildren, Colton Kuba of St. Albans and Hunter Carter, Kennedy Loggins and Maci Loggins, all of Campbells Creek. Phoeba is also survived by several special nieces who helped care for her on a daily basis, Faye Woody (Stanton of St. Albans and Kay Bell, Etta Keeney and Kaitlyn Keeney, all of Campbells Creek.
Funeral service will be held at Springfork Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, May 25, at noon with the Rev. Randall Wilson, Pastor Mike Long and special friend, Tyler Long, officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Stevens & Grass Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the outstanding caregivers and nursing staff at CAMC Memorial, especially Sarah, Bridget and Nicole on the Clinical Decision Unit, for their kindness and compassion during this difficult time.
Lana was a paralegal having worked for John R. Mitchell Sr., Stewart and Caldwell and Mani Ellis and Layne law firms and she graduated from East Bank High School.
She is survived by her loving and supportive husband, Carl "Ke Ke" Leake; her son, Carl Allen (Charity) Leake of Gauley Bridge; and brothers, Gene (Nola) Johnson and Wayne (Pam) Johnson of Coopers Creek. She had a large, loving family of aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Her family wishes to express its gratitude to Dr. Cohen at the Oncology Department of CAMC and the doctors and nurses at Ruby Memorial and especially to John R. Mitchell Sr., who was a father figure to her.
Service will be held at noon Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Bobby Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and also one hour prior to service on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to send memorial donations to the Histeo Society so others will not suffer this fate.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.
Born October 13, 1929, in St. Albans, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Nancy Justice Ellis. She was retired from Charleston General Hospital in Charleston, W.Va. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Lydia Sunday school class and the Naomi Ruth Circle. Mrs. Moore was a member of the Road Runners and the RSVP Singers.
She is survived by a son, Carl Lawrence (Mary) Cyrus of Gandeeville; daughters, Sharon Moore of Frederick, Md., Benadine (Buz) Bess-O'Conner of Covington, Va., Nancy (John) Davy of Rockville, Va., Coleen (Sebert) Sizemore of Prosperity and Karen (Randell) Proctor of Belle; a brother, Richard Ellis of Seattle, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Moore was predeceased by a sister, Sibyl Bowles and brothers, Garrett Ellis, George Ellis and Leonard Ellis.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Zion United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Taylor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, May 24, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church Improvement Fund, 80 Zion Circle, Prosperity, SC 29127.
Lola Mae was a member of Wade Chapel United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Clay Pennington; parents, Alva and Lura Casto; brother, Warren G. Casto; sisters, Gaynell Hoffman and Tressie Casto; and infant sister, Gracie Casto.
She is survived by her brother, Cecil and wife, Dovie Casto, of Red House and a host of special nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Lola Mae Pennington will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Wayne Hooper and Chad Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the 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 Pennington family.
She was born in Warfield, Ky., on August 15, 1927, to the late Isaiah and Sadie Stepp. She was retired from the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and she attended Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, Kanawha City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaston Spangler.
She is survived by her brother, William V. Stepp of Covington, Ky. and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, with Pastor Rick DeQuasie officiating.
The online guestbook for Thelma Spangler may be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.
Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of the arrangements.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 41 years, Brenda Thaxton; sons, Steven Thaxton and wife, Melisa, of Charleston and Curtis Thaxton and wife, Melissa, of Connecticut; two grandchildren, Brittany and Bailey; sisters, Bessie Gandee and Sissy Patterson of Charleston; mother-in-law, Barbara Cox; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved him dearly.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Bonnie Fralick and Bethal Haynes; and brothers, Basil, Bernard and Bill Thaxton.
He was the owner of the former Shoney's in Farnville, Va.
He was the kindest man you would ever meet; he would give you the shirt off his back.
Butch loved to play golf and poker and loved the New England Patriots.
Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Elizabeth Baptist Church Activity Building, Wolf Pen Drive, Sissonville. He will be laid to rest in Thaxton Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin, following the service.
The family will accept memorial online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Thaxton family.
He was born at Guthrie on June 30, 1928, to the late James Avil and Naomi McClanahan Thaxton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis DeWees Thaxton and 11 brothers and sisters.
Henry was a former employee of Union Carbide, former Christian School Administrator and was a retired auditor for the State of West Virginia Tax Department. He was a graduate of West Virginia State University and was a very active conservative politician, having been a former candidate for West Virginia Secretary of State, the former director of West Virginians Against Government Waste and a passionate lobbyist for conservative family values. He was an activist during the Kanawha County textbook controversy of 1974, historically seen as the catalyst for the formation of numerous Christian schools in the area. Henry served his country in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces, was an ordained minister and was a born-again Christian since the age of seven.
He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Deana and David Samms of Tuppers Creek and Lisa and Michael Allen of Washington, W.Va.; grandchildren, Daniel and Christy Samms, Derek Samms, Danae Samms, Rachel and Seth Wilson, Joshua Allen and Carrie and Luke Warren: great-grandchildren, Micah Samms, Hannah Samms, Lincoln Wilson and Quinn Wilson; as well as many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
A celebration of Henry's life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Maranatha Baptist Church, Old Tuppers Creek Road, Sissonville, with Pastor Kevan Bartlett and Henry's sons-in-law, Pastor David Samms and Chaplain (MAJ) Michael Allen officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. until service time at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Thaxton Family Cemetery on Call Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorial donations to HospiceCare, 1601 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536 or Maranatha Baptist Church Building Fund, 1 Maranatha Acres, Charleston, WV 25312.
You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Thaxton family.