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Today's Obituaries

Sandra Kay Albright Print Comment Top of page

Sandra Kay Albright, 52, of Lebanon, Va., formerly of Madison, died March 25, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon. March 30, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Sun.

Capt. N. Wayne Allen, Ret. Print Comment Top of page

Captain Nelson Wayne Allen (U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.) died on March 19, 2015 from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Born Oct. 28, 1924 in Chelyan, Wayne graduated from East Bank West Virginia High School in May 1942 and enlisted immediately in the United States Coast Guard. Meritorious wartime service led to a commission in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. After World War II, Wayne earned a B.S. in business administration at West Virginia Institute of Technology, then returned to active duty as an officer in the regular Coast Guard. His military career spanned 33 years. His final assignment was commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Governor's Island, New York. He retired on Aug. 31, 1975 at the rank of captain. His military decorations and awards include Bronze Star Medal with combat "V"; Navy Commendation Medal with combat "V"; Coast Guard Commendation Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; European-Asiatic-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; Philippines Liberation Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; and Victory Medal World War II.

In January 1992, Wayne joined the staff of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, serving as executive assistant to the sheriff, jail administrator, jail construction project director, and director of the Administration Division. He retired in January 2004 at the rank of major.

Wayne married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Emilie Fluegel, on Jan. 20, 1945. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this year. In 1980, Wayne and Nancy were co-recipients of the Rotary Club of Orange Park's "Citizen of the Year Award" for outstanding community service. Wayne was also an ardent supporter of the Boy Scouts and other civic organizations, and was a staunch member of the United Methodist Church.

Captain Allen is survived by his wife, Nancy Fluegel Allen of Fleming Island, Fla.; a daughter, Lucinda Allen Mosher; two sons, Frederick Wheeler Allen and Lindsey Nelson Allen; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at Orange Park United Methodist Church in Orange Park, Fla., on Friday, March 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orange Park United Methodist Church.

Irene Baisden Print Comment Top of page

Irene Adams Baisden, 89, of Chapmanville, died Thurs. March 26, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon. March 30, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are in charge of arrangements.

John Brown Print Comment Top of page

John Cameron Brown, 58, of Ronceverte, died Sat. March 28, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tues. March 31, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.

Joann Buscher Print Comment Top of page

Joann Buscher, of Abilene, Texas, crossed the river to be with Jesus on March 25, 2015, after a short illness. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 30, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Sam Matthiesen officiating. Arrangements are through The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene.

Joann was born August, 20, 1927 in Cherokee, Okla., to James Matthew and Alice Sue Long Rea. She graduated from Hoisington High School in Kansas. She and her best friend since 7th grade, Mary Lou Birdsong, then went to work for the US Government in Washington, DC during the war effort in World War II. Mary Lou began dating (and later married) Wendel Kenyon, who introduced Joann to his best friend Donald Buscher, a Navy man. Joann and Don married in 1946. The couples remained lifelong friends. Joann embraced Don's family and his beloved Catholic Church.

While Don worked for the phone company in West Virginia, Joann was a homemaker. They raised three sons. She later worked in retail, where she could be surrounded by beautiful clothing and accessories. After his retirement in 1986, Don and Joann moved to Sweetwater to be closer to her family. She moved to Abilene after Don's death and shared a home with her sister Marilyn. Joann was involved with her church, neighborhood community, share group, book club, Red Hats, and the Abilene Public Library to satisfy her love of reading.

Joann is survived by sons, Michael (Theresa) of Atlanta, Ga., Patrick (Cindy) of Weatherford, Tom (Debbie) of Charleston, West Virginia; and their sister, Cathy (Rusty) Sansone of Hilton Head, S.C. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Smith of Abilene; and brother, Jim (Hammer) Rea of Whitney; grandchildren, Ann Marie (Jeff) Sabol, Kristen (Alex) Frazee, Joshua (Bethany), Meredith, Tom (Caroline), Adam, Jonathan, Heidi, Holly, April (Brad) Spears, Sammy; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church, 5410 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, TX 79606, or the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar Street, Abilene, TX 79601.

The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Holy Family Catholic Church, neighbors of Kings Cross, and Drs. Joseph Ferguson, Toby Williams, Shannon Cooke and Nancy Daggubati.

Online condolences may be submitted at

Mr. Conrado Cabauatan Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Conrado Cabauatan, 89, of Logan, died Thurs. March 26, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. March 31, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Tues. March 31, at the funeral home. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville is in charge of arrangements.

Bertrand Chiasson Print Comment Top of page

Dr. Bertrand Chiasson, 68, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away March 11, 2015. Visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, WV on Fri. April 3. Graveside service is planned for 10 a.m. Sat. April 4, at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover. Full obituary information can be found at

Shaquille Clark Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Shaquille Clark, 21, of Beckley died Sun. March 22, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tues. March 31, at Heart of God Ministries, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Robin Daily Print Comment Top of page

Robin D. Daily, 53, of Clendenin, entered into rest Monday, March 23, 2015. Born April 8, 1961, in Clay, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Beulah White.

Robin is survived by her son, Trace Daily of Clendenin; and companion, Donvil Smith of Clendenin; brother, Ronnie White of Texas; sisters, Kay Smith of Ovapa, Sheila Sample of Bomont and Peggy Bragg, Leon.

Funeral service will be held 1p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home in Clay, with Minister Wayne Smith officiating. Burial will be in Little Laurel Church, Hanford Road, Clay. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Daily family.

James Davis Sr. Print Comment Top of page

James "Jim" L. Davis Sr., 75, of South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 26, 2015. He retired from Monsanto after 25 years. After retirement, he opened his own business, Jim's Property Maintenance, which he operated for the past 20 years. He was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Arietta Davis; and brother, Herman Hannan.

He is survived by his wife, Libby Davis; daughter, Tammy Ferrell and her husband, Greg; sons, James "Jim" Davis, Jr. and his wife, Renee', and Robby Davis and his wife, Robin; grandchildren, Josh Davis, Holly O'Neill, Dustin Davis, Madison Davis and Makenzie Davis; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Genevieve Sullivan and Greta McMillion; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Carla Saunders, their sons, Nick and Ben; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sam and Mary Ellen Marino; sisters-in-law, Mafalda Wheeler and her son, Haden, and Stella Valle.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Emanuel Baptist Church, Charleston. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Emanuel Baptist Church. Burial will be held at Ortin Heights Cemetery, Nitro.

Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Hattie Good Print Comment Top of page

Hattie Virginia Good, 77, of Ripley, went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on March 27, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born August 27, 1937, at Widen, Clay County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Dennis H. and Gatha Mullins Adkins. She was a retired School Bus Driver with the Jackson County Board of Education with 23 years of service. She was a Christian and enjoyed attending the Fairplain Union Church, West Ripley Baptist Church, Joes Run Memorial Church Centennial Church and the Grace Community Church. She loved her family and always put their need above herself. She was a seamstress and loved to pick berries and gather walnuts.

She is survived by her husband, Clinton Good; her children, Teresa (Raymond) Miller, Wesley (Gail) Good, Carolyn (Larry) Sharp and Karen (Dale) Barnette; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Joshua, Shannon, Shane, Sonda, Clint, Randy, Travis, Troy, Mitchell, Canden, Sheldon and Tiffany; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Randy Adkins, Raymond Adkins, Michael Adkins, Wayne Adkins, Roger Adkins and Lendon Adkins; sisters, Linda Lou Adkins and Brenda Sue Richards.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Betty Lou Good; brothers, Bob and Eugene Adkins; and sisters, Betty Foley and Bonnie Allen.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastors Aaron Melhorn and Joey Cunningham officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Fairplain Cemetery near Ripley. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Herbert D. Groves Print Comment Top of page

Herbert D. Groves, 73, passed away on March 18, 2015 at his home in Hicksville, OH. Herbert was born on September 29, 1941 in Canvas, WV and was the son of the late Verner and Lucille (McCombs) Groves. Herbert was preceded in death by a son, Keith Groves, a brother, Hubert Groves, and a sister, Margaret Ervine.

Along with his wife, Patricia, son and daughter in-law, Richard and Pam, and a daughter, Susan Bright, Herbert is survived by five grandchildren, Keith Jr., Megan, Ian, Caitlyn and JD. Also surviving Herbert are three sisters, Louise Smith (Summersville, WV), Mildred Ellyson (Augusta, GA) and Emmajean Dobbins (Summersville, WV), a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends in WV.

It was Herbert's request that his remains be cremated and no funeral service will be held.

Freda Mae Hitt Print Comment Top of page

Freda Mae Hitt, 52, of Linn, W.Va., died Thurs. March 26, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sun. March 29, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Friends and family may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Sun. afternoon at the mortuary. Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Freda Hitt with arrangements.

Joyce Sue Hoover Print Comment Top of page

Joyce Sue Hoover, beloved mother, grandmother and sister was placed into an elite protection agency called Heaven on March 26, 2015. Upon arrival in Heaven a welcoming party commenced which included her mother and father, Roy and Tressie Dodd; her brother, Glenn Dodd; sister, Garnet Wilson; aunt, Laura Hunt; and actor, John Wayne (she was his number one fan); and many other family and friends.

We were supposed to mention that her beloved dog, Benji, was also there to welcome her in Heaven, but that dog was so mean, we are not sure he was able to be present ...if you catch our drift.

Joyce grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, and was blessed to have three of her siblings still alive and well: James (Linda Dodd) from St. Augustine, Fla., Barbara Stewart, Gainesville, Fla., and Jane (Buck) Mooney, Liberty, W.Va.

In 1958, she met and married James Hoover. Together they had five children, Barbara  (James) Joiner, Michael (Sandee) Hoover, Joyce Ann Binion, Dot (Gerald) Hunt and Rita Hoover. Joyce successfully survived the raising of five children and moved to Florida in 1977. While they do not give medals for surviving the angst of five teenagers, they probably should.  

Joyce enjoyed reading, fishing, camping, peanut butter and pickle sandwiches and Jim Beam. (Not necessarily in that order or together). She was an avid gardener. She particularly loved yellow roses, which were her favorite. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, and she would begin to plan her holiday décor in the late fall. Joyce was also a bit of a trouble maker and prankster.

Joyce was a joy to be around and her wit and wisdom will live on for generations.

She was always thankful for her family and her friends. She was a supportive and loving confident and we will miss her terribly, but know she is only a prayer away.

While battling the nefarious foe named Cancer, God placed angels by her side to help care for her. Those angels include the doctors and nurses at Davis Cancer Center, Gainesville, Fla., Melissa Sue Ealum, (Old Town, Fla.) and Laura Futch (Cross City, Fla.). We will always consider you family.

In the event that this obituary failed to mention someone by name, please note that it did not mean she loved you any less, it simply means that the author was very tired.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, at Wilson Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. West. Burial will follow at Jim Hunt Cemetery on Poca Fork Rd., WV. 

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the funeral home.

The online guestbook may be accessed at In lieu of flowers, (though yellow roses were her favorite) we ask that you bestow a kindness to someone else in her memory. Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston is serving the Hoover family.

Elmer Huffman Print Comment Top of page

Elmer Huffman, 85, of Logan, died March 27, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. March 31, at the James Funeral Home Chapel, Logan. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. at the funeral home. James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donald "Cotton" Hunter Print Comment Top of page

Donald "Cotton" Hunter, 76, of Campbells Creek, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with Parkinson's.

Cotton was born on December 23, 1938, at Putney Coal Camp, Campbells Creek, to the late Rev. James Lester Hunter and wife, Violet Lorraine "Shorty" Hunter. He was raised on Campbells Creek and graduated from DuPont High School's class of 1958 where he enjoyed and excelled at football and basketball.

He was also a proud veteran of 22 years serving in the United States Air Force, including two tours in Vietnam and ten years in Europe, earning many medals and awards.Following his distinguished military service, Cotton worked at the DuPont Plant in Belle, WV for 21 years in the Fire and Safety section, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed his retirement years as an avid gardener up until three years before passing away.

Though his achievements in high school and the military were many, he was proudest and best remembered as a dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was regarded by those who knew and loved him as an all around honest and good guy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Shorty; as well as his older brother, Bill Hunter all of Charleston.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Gabriele "Gaby" Hunter; his two sons, James Hunter of Germany and David Hunter of Charleston; his granddaughter, Alexis "Lexi" Hunter; two brothers, Teddy Hunter and Curtis Hunter (wife, Elaine); and sister, Patty Hunter; Bill's wife, Jackie; his true best friend in life, Lacy Hall (wife, Brenda); and a host of family and friends.

Visitation for family and friends will be held between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home in Malden, WV. The celebration of Cotton's life will be held at the funeral home the following day, at 11 a.m. April 3, 2015 with Pastor Mike Long officiating.

There will be a private interment for family only at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please send memorial contributions to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W. Charleston, WV 25387. The family sends its sincerest and deepest appreciation to the staff that provided for his comfort and care in his final days, as well as all those that offered support and comfort to the family.

The fight is over, rest in peace, buddy.

The online guestbook can accessed at

Aretta Ingram Print Comment Top of page

Heaven gained an angel on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Aretta G. Ingram, passed away peacefully at Hubbard Hospice House West surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 15, 1927, in Guthrie; she was the daughter of the late Walter Garfield Hackney and Flora Gay Cobb Hackney.

Aretta is survived by her three children, Robert Clayton Ingram (Doris), Donna Jean Morey (Duane), and Jennifer Gay Meadows (Wayne); a sister, Gladys Tyree; six grandchildren, Kristi Ingram, Kimberly Ingram, Josh Chapman (Ellen), Isaac Richardson, John Thomas Kutil, and Ira Michael Kutil; two great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Jace Chapman; a special nephew, Donald R. Withrow; a special niece, Janet Hermansdorfer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. Ira C. Ingram; siblings, Arbutus Withrow (her twin sister), Ersel Tyree, Ruby Patton, Howard Hackney, Ruth Edens, and Maxine Carte.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Billy Meadows will be officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park.

Online condolence can be left by visiting:

Doris Kessinger Print Comment Top of page

Doris June Kessinger, 84, of New Haven, W.Va., passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at her home.

She was born March 22, 1931, in Princeton, W.Va., a daughter of the late Dual P. and Ruth (Hill) Higgins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John R. "Bob" Kessinger; and a brother, Don Higgins.

She was a retired registered nurse, a mother to five children and grandmother to many, some of whom were related to her.

Survivors include sister, Janis Grose of Fort Wayne, Ind.; brothers, Carlos Higgins of Austin, Texas, Owen Higgins of South Charleston, W.Va., David Higgins of Dunbar, W.Va., Jerry Higgins of Louisville, Ky.; daughters, Linda (Mike) Rhodes of Bristol, Tenn., June Kessinger of New Haven, W.Va., Robin (Mary) Kessinger of Saint Albans, W.Va., Alice (Jeff) Jordan of Spencer; son, Dan (Mary Ann) of Saint Mary's, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

At the time of her death, Doris was a member of the Mount Alto Church of Christ. She made a lifetime of sacrifice, having been indispensable in support of her husband's calling as a gospel preacher. This included upholstering furniture with arthritic hands so that Bob could preach in places that were incapable of supporting her family. When she became a nurse at age 50, it was her calling of service as much as a profession.

Although she was meek and humble, those who knew her best recognized her incredible strength. She prepared her life to spend eternity in Heaven. She trained her children to follow the Word, and never hesitated to talk with anyone about the blessings of following the Lord's commands. Doris Higgins Kessinger's life exemplified Proverbs 31: 10-31: "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies…."

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, WV, with Minister Rick Tincher officiating. Graveside/Committal service will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Ferrell Cemetery, Vicker's Ridge, Harmony, WV. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Email condolences may be sent to:

Patricia Kessler Print Comment Top of page

Patricia Jean Eagan Kessler, 85, of Victor, died Fri. March 27, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete. Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

James Long Print Comment Top of page

James Rayburn Long, 82, of Apple Grove, died Fri. March 27, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Sun. March 29, at the Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

Robert Loring Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Robert William Loring Sr., beloved husband, devoted father, and loving brother, has joined our Father in Heaven on February 23, 2015. He was born on August 26, 1919, in Kanawha County, West Virginia. He has lived in Orlando, Fla., since 1957, where his chosen career led him to Martin Marietta, from which he retired in 1985. After retirement, he and his wife, Marge, spent their retirement years as snow-birds. Their summer home in Red House, W.Va., was their earthly pride and joy. This was his home where he dedicated every day to bringing beauty and life into this beautiful home and property.

His flower gardens, his bird feeders, fixing something that was broken in his workshop, planting a seed to watch it grow, just the love of being there sitting on the front porch waving to the riverboat captains as they went by, greeting many family and friends that would stop by to visit was his joy. He was always most proud of his World War II service in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Stembel DD-644 in the South Pacific. He was truly proud to be an American. His commitment and dedication to his family and home, his sense of humor, his love to tell "old stories", the beauty of a flower, the smile on a small child's face, the serenity he found in a beautiful song, the love of seeing a rising sun, the love of the outdoors, and of course, baseball season was a big part of this wonderful and kind man that has blessed us all. His presence will be so missed. We love you, we will cherish our memories where you will live in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marge; his children, Bob II, Jim, Lindsay, and Susan; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Edith Bender; and brother, Gene Loring.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel. Burial will follow at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House with military honors and Masonic graveside rites. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Eleanor Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the Loring family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, WV is in charge of local arrangements.

Doyle Mairs Print Comment Top of page

Doyal Harless "Pip" Mairs, 85, of Sissonville, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, after a sudden illness.

Pip was a retired diesel mechanic from Lemon Transport, where he worked for many years. He was a member of the Teamster Union Local 175 and Christian Fellowship of Kenna. Pip was a member of the Classic Chevy Club, where he shared a love for classic cars with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Mairs; daughter, Vicky Carnes and her husband, Milton Carnes, Jr. of Sissonville; son, Doyal Whitt and his wife, Cris of Arthurdale, W.Va.; three grandsons who loved him dearly, Cameron Carpenter, Colton Carnes, and Michael Whitt.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home. Funeral service will be noon Tuesday, March 31, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with Rev. George Freshour officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Sissonville Memorial Gardens.

Online condolence can be left by visiting:

Lisa McCormick Print Comment Top of page

Lisa Faye McCormick, 43, of Knoxville, Tenn, formerly of East Bank, went to be with the Lord, March 22, 2015.

Lisa was born March 2, 1972, in Hammond, Ind., to Fred and Debbie Caudill. She was a former 1990 graduate of East Bank High School. She was an employee of Walgreens.

Preceded in death by father, Fred Caudill.

Left to cherish her memory are fiance, Brent Monroe of Knoxville, Tenn.; mother, Debbie Flowers (David) of Whitesville; children, Freddie Roach of Bloomingrose, Emma McCormick of East Bank, Tori and Carlie McCormick of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Will Caudill (Christie) of Milton; six aunts; four uncles; one niece; and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent by visiting Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank is in charge of arrangements.

Gregory McNeely Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Gregory W. Bear McNeely, 57, of Pecks Mill, died Thurs. March 26, 2015. Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Tues. March 31, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tues. March 31, at the funeral home. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are in charge of arrangements.

Carrie Carte Morris Print Comment Top of page

Carrie Evelyn Carte Morris, 88, of Belle, formerly of South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on March 27, 2015.

Mrs. Morris was a member of the First United Methodist Church of South Charleston and attended Belle Presbyterian Church.

She loved sports, cooking and crocheting. Carrie always had a smile on her face and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Arthur Morris; parents, Luther and Mary Carte; and siblings, Bud, Leora, Blanche, Freda, Verda and Loren.

A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by her children, Lee Morris and wife, Linda of Belle, Jeanne Moss of St. Albans, Chuck Morris and wife, Kathy of Sissonville and Debbie Lynn Gibson of Savannah, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren on the way. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Young and Bobby Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

The family will accept online condolences at: Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Morris family.

Judith M. Prosser Print Comment Top of page

Judith M. Prosser, 77, of Charleston, left this earth on March 15, 2015 and joined her parents and brother who preceded her in death. She was with her friends and two beloved dogs at her side as she wished at home.

Judith was born June 20, 1938 in Chicago. She held a master of library science degree, worked at the New York Public Library, and then moved to Charleston as a librarian. She was the head of of the Tech Service Deptartment of the West Virginia Library Commission. She won the Dr. Ruth Parks Award and ACA Counselor for WVLA.

She was an avid reader, seamstress, master tailor quilter of various venues, gardener, carpenter, belonged to the International Quilters Association, was a computer wizard and gave to many charities.

She has gone to a well-deserved rest and will be sadly missed and mourned by friends, especially Sheryl and her mother, Ruth, former co-workers and neighbors, and Buddy and Scruffy, her two special dogs who were always by her side.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Prosser family.

Pamela Roush Print Comment Top of page

Pamela Gail Roush, 53, of Cottageville, died March 26, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. March 31, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. at the funeral home.

Sewell Ryan, Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Sewell Wesley Ryan, Jr., 87, of Sandyville, entered Heaven on Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by loved ones.

Born January 17, 1928, in Nellis, he was the son of the late Sewell and Tressa Ryan. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Audra; loving daughter, Carolyn Parsons; and sisters, Joy Grey, Sandra Ryan and Delores Peggs.

Sewell is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Ada; daughters, Linda Posten (Randall) and Elaine King (Kem); and Ada's children, Jeff and Dena, who are very dear to Sewell; and brother, James Ryan (Sharon). He was the best PaPa ever to his five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and loved by his many nieces and nephews.

Sewell retired from Kesier Aluminum in Ravenswood. A brilliant and humble man who saw the good in everyone and never a bad word uttered through his lips. This avid adventurous man, full of love and laughter, was a joy to be around. He loved trips to his cabin in Randolph Co. with his wife, neighbors and family. Countless stories with his friends have been shared time and again and enjoyed just as much the last time as the first time. A wonderful man who loved hunting and fishing, a man who loved nature and what it had to offer, a man fair, honest and faithful. Faithful to his church, his fellow man and above all to God. Sewell (Jr.) was a gentleman, as well as a gentle man, and if you knew him you have an idea of how broken our hearts are. Sewell clearly found joy in giving and that makes such a difference in this world. He loved going to the Ponderosa in Ripley and they loved him. Father, husband and friend, we love who you are and what you mean to us and for us it is forever and on-going.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek, West Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Sandyville Church of Christ, 7796 Parkersburg Road, Sandyville, WV with Minister Jeff Dorton officiating. Burial will follow at Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

The family wishes to thank our church family, who has been very dear to us; the many nurses and doctors who cared for him down through the years; a special thank you to Cathy Easter from Hospice and all those who came all hours relentless in their help, the family is grateful.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen Scaggs Print Comment Top of page

Funeral service for Helen Scaggs, 87, of Newburgh Hts., Ohio, will be 11 a.m. Mon. March 30, at Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Evans Funeral Home , Chapmanville is in charge of local arrangements.

Billy Scott Print Comment Top of page

Billy L. A. Scott, 79, of Huntington, died March 24, 2015. Service will be noon Mon. March 30, at Full Gospel Assembly, Huntington. Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville is caring for the family.

Phyllis Smith Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis Faye Smith, 87, of St. Albans, died March 27, 2015. Service will be 3 p.m. Sat. April 4, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Visitation with a video tribute will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans is honored to serve the Smith family.

William Squires Print Comment Top of page

William Howard Squires "Little Bill", 71, of Gassaway, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, with his family by his side, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Cumberland, Md., to the late William Ward Squires and Walsie Ruth Frame Squires.

Billy was a boilermaker/carpenter by trade, loved animals, enjoyed anything with power or on wheels and was an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 31 years, Debra Allen Squires; three family pets, Peppy, Taz and Rosie; four sisters, Ruthie Sinnes, her husband, William, Scarlett Poling, her husband, Jamie, Vera Nettles and her husband, Mike, Jane Boggs, and husband, Billy; former wife, Sharon McClain; three children, Steve Squires, his wife, Barbara, William Eric Squires, his wife, Tina, Melissa Estep and husband, James; as well as seven grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Michael, Andrew, Adam, Catherine and Jacob; five great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Cade, Teagan, Kyler and Liam; multiple nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with the Reverend Mark Stump officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of service.

After the service, a private cremation service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Braxton County Animal Shelter, 10 Animal Shelter Lane, Sutton, WV 26601.

Condolences may be extended to the family at Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Funerals for: March 29, 2015

Abbott, Lecta 2 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Arthur, Gary W. 2 p.m., Bancroft Church of God Mission, Bancroft.

Byrnside, Dorothy 2 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Daily, Robin 1 p.m., Wilson

Fitzgerald, Lillian 2 p.m., Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant.

Hickman, Bessie Mae 3 p.m., Lizemore Church of the Nazerene, Lizemore.

Hitt, Freda Mae 2 p.m., Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.

Jarrell, Mary E. 1 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Kyer, David L. 1 p.m., Taylor

Long, James 1 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Miller, Kelli M. 2 p.m., Goldtown Community Church, Kenna.

Nutter, Patricia 2 p.m., Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Rardin, Lewis 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Rucker, Eloise 3 p.m., Gatens

Sexton, Mark E. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Stewart, Gail 2 p.m., Leon Elementary School, Leon.

Turley, Russell 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Wolford, Drewey G. 1 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.