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Linda Ruth Ballard Print Comment Top of page

Linda Ruth Ballard, 64, of Gallagher, died March 1, 2015. Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles A. Bennett Print Comment Top of page

Charles Aubrey "Baker" "Charlie" Bennett, 64, of Winona, died Feb. 28, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the funeral home.

Naomi Belle Bracken Print Comment Top of page

Naomi Belle Herrald Bracken, 90, of Campbells Creek, went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 19, 1924 to the late Rev. James and Ella Herrald. Also preceding her in death were her loving husband of 65 years, Woodson M Bracken; grandson, TJ Elswick; and great-grandson, Benjamin Bracken.

Left to cherish her memory are sons, David (Jane) Bracken and Ernest (Sally) Bracken; daughters, Diana (Steve) Bossie and Vanesse Myers (James Comuzie); brothers, James (Jean) Herrald of Florida and Joe (Barbara) Herrald of Virginia; sisters, Helen Wentz of Campbells Creek and Joyce O'Dell of Virginia; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was a faithful member of Spring Missionary Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. Naomi was a compassionate caregiver and known throughout the valley as the "Tupperware Lady" for 25 years. She worked in her later years at Elder-Beerman as a seasonal gift wrapper, and later moved into customer service and worked until age 82.

She was a true witness for Christ and was loved by all who knew her.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Spring Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Campbells Creek, with Pastors Mike Long and David Bracken officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387, or to Spring Fork Missionary Baptist Church, 320 Campbells Creek Drive, Charleston, WV 25306.

The online guestbook for Naomi Belle Herrald Bracken can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Kay Burford Print Comment Top of page

Linda Kay Harper Burford, 66, of Elkview, passed away March 4, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 20, 1948 in Walton.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Charles, and their two children: son, Christopher (Jessica) Burford of Elkview, and daughter, Heather (Simon) Goetze of North Huntingdon, Pa. She is also survived by two grandchildren, whom she cherished, Sadie Claire Goetze of North Huntingdon, Pa., and Brielle Juliette Burford of Elkview.

Linda was a faithful member of Elkview Baptist Church and a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. Linda was retired from Union Carbide.

Donations may be made to Elkview Baptist Church in her honor.

A service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, with Pastor Bobby Sizemore officiating. Interment will be held at Melton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Hafer Funeral Home.

John R. Carpenter Print Comment Top of page

John Robert Carpenter, 62, of Apex, N.C., formerly of Giles, passed away peacefully at his home on March 2, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 6, 1952, he was the son of the late Hildreth "Brother" Carpenter and Grace Cadle Carpenter.

He was a carpenter by trade.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Galen Carpenter of Keavy, Ky.

John is survived by his loving wife, Bridgett Vannoy Carpenter; his son, John "Robbie" Carpenter (Hannah) of Costa; his daughters, Melissa Carpenter (Treavor Townsend) of Nellis and Tiffany Vannoy (Randy Slappe) of Charleston; sister, Melody Boswell (Bruce) of Cedar Grove; grandsons, Keegan, Brody and Trey; special nieces and nephews, Mendy Carpenter and son, Jensen, Matt Leftwich and Kara Abshire and daughters, Kenna and Karissa; and a host of family and friends.

He was deeply loved and will be sadly missed.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, at New Life Center Church, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Travis McCracken officiating. Burial will follow the service in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at New Life Center Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bridgett Carpenter, 407 S. Carroll St., Apex, NC 27539-5360.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin Anthony Dean Print Comment Top of page

Kevin Anthony Dean, 42, of South Charleston, passed away suddenly on Feb. 10, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital.

He was a longtime employee with Advance Auto and recently served as a manager.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Cinda Dean, and paternal grandparent, Joslyn Beatty.

He is survived by his mother, Joyce Dean, and father, Rafael Beatty. He is also survived by a half-brother and -sisters and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 1404 1st Ave., Charleston. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Sue Ellen Dolin Print Comment Top of page

Sue Ellen Dolin, 68, of Elkhart, Ind., passed away March 1, 2015 at Elkhart General Hospital. Sue was born Sept. 16, 1946 in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Joe and Gail (Gibson) Pernell.

Surviving are her children, Linda Lester-Zook and Jeff Lester, both of Elkhart, Teresa (Jeff) Lester-Harris of St. Albans, W.Va., David (Jennifer) Lester of Sturgis, Mich., Tammy (Zack) Pinkard of Charleston, W.Va., and Christian Dolin of Elkhart. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and her siblings, Debbie Lester of Elkhart, Claris Paxton and Wanda Adkins, both of Belle, W.Va., Sandy Rally of Ripley, W.Va., Denny Pernell of Goshen, Ind., and Paul and Joe Pernell, both of Columbus, Ohio.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later time. Elkhart Cremation Services is assisting with arrangements.

Madelean Hamrick Print Comment Top of page

Madelean Bethel Hamrick, 98, of Webster Springs, died March 3, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the funeral home.

Linda Sue Harris Print Comment Top of page

Linda Sue Harris, 68, of Wharton, died March 1, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.

Phyllis C. Keeney Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis C. Keeney, 90, of Charleston, formerly of Scott Depot, left this earth for her eternal home on March 3, 2015.

Phyllis was born April 20, 1924 in Clay County, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late, William C. and Nina Samples Caldwell. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as a young adult at the Oakwood Baptist Church and was formerly employed by Dr. Merle Scherr and Dr. Chandra Kumar

Preceding her in death were her two brothers, Bill Jr. and Ted; her first husband, Buster Keeney; and by "the love of her life," Denver Boggess.

Surviving her are her daughter and son-in-law, Becki and Amon Samples of Charleston; sons and daughter-in-law, Joe Bill and Debbie Keeney of Elkview and George "Mack" Keeney and his fiancee, Jeanne Harvey of Scott Depot; sisters-in-law, Athalee Caldwell of Katy, Texas and Rachel Caldwell of Virginia Beach, Virginia; grandchildren and their spouses, Greg and Becky Samples of Burlington, Ohio, Shannon and Andy Elliot of Charleston, Mark and Adrienne Samples of Charleston, Brian Keeney of Elkview and Jodi Keeney of Dunbar; her "special grandchildren," Michael and Katie Lowe; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and multiple cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, March 7, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Mike Long officiating. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Saturday.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Tender Heart Home Care and to all of her caregivers, present and former, for their love and compassion. Also a thank you to Hospice Care, Mary and Joan, and to her dear friend, Josephine Hypes, for her love and freindship.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Bvld. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Denese L. Lovejoy Print Comment Top of page

Denese LaRae (Seville) Lovejoy, 54, died March 2, 2015. Service will be noon Friday, March 6, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Harry J. Lovejoy Print Comment Top of page

Harry J. Lovejoy, 79, of West Hamlin, died March 4, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Marion K. Martin Print Comment Top of page

Marion K. Martin, 95, of Russellville, died Feb. 27, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Elmer A. McClanahan Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Elmer A. McClanahan, 92, of Poca, passed away March 3, 2015 at Dream Home Assisted Living.

Elmer was retired from Smith Transfer. He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 174 and Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Anna Belle McClanahan; son, Elmer "Butch" McClanahan; and grandson, Jesse McClanahan.

Elmer is survived by his sons, Bob and wife, Brenda McClanahan, and Jerry and wife, Linda McClanahan; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Blessing and all of the staff of Dream Home Assisted Living for the loving care given to Elmer.

A tribute to the life of Mr. Elmer A. McClanahan will be noon Saturday, March 7, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home with Elder Lewis Johnson and Elder Harold Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Lanham Cemetery, Poca.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the McClanahan family.

Lottie J. Morgan Print Comment Top of page

Lottie J. Morgan, 94, of Ronceverte, died March 3, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Zion's Light Baptist Church, Ronceverte, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Hazel Roberts Print Comment Top of page

Hazel McKown Roberts, 94, of Mount Carbon, died March 2, 2015. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert D. Scott Print Comment Top of page

Robert D. Scott, 55, of St. Albans, passed away Feb. 28, 2015 after a short illness. A memorial service to honor his life will be held at a later date. Memories may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph C. Shamblin Print Comment Top of page

Joseph Clinton Shamblin, 92, of Elkview, passed away at home on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 surrounded by family.

He was born Dec. 21, 1922 in Blakeley. Joe was raised in a coal company house along with eight other siblings. They learned to get along, grow their own food, work hard and value family. He rode the train into Quick to attend Quick Junior High and graduated from Elkview High School. Joe's first job was working at the Glen L. Martin Airplane Factory in Baltimore, Md. During World War II he proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served for eight years. After finishing basic training at Paris Island, Joe was stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division serving as an airplane mechanic in El Centro, Calif.

After the war, Joe worked for Purity Maid for 40 years as a bread route salesman. He truly loved his job and the people he met.

Joe was a member of the Masons, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.

Most of all, Joe loved his family. He cherished his wife and six children, and all of his grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Filmore and Cloa Belle Fields Shamblin of Quick; his son, John Joseph Shamblin of Clendenin; infant daughter, Jane; brothers, Fred, Lawrence and John; and sisters, Georgia Hunter, Elene Shamblin and Alice Carpenter.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pansy Lee Dougherty Shamblin; daughters, Virginia Elizabeth Shamblin at home and Nora J. Johnson of Elkview; sons, Jack (Donna) of Charleston, Matt of Clendenin and Mark (Kelly) of Sissionville; daughters-in-law, Betty Jo Shamblin-Sams of Clendenin; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren that affectionately called him "Pawpaw"; sister, Betty Stewart of Nitro; and brother, Charles Shamblin of Brunswick, Ga.

The family would like to thank John Richards, DO for his care and friend, Pastor Nahum Balser, for his visits with Dad.

In keeping with his generous spirit of giving, Joe donated his body to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. A memorial service will be held at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, on March 7 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Mark Allen Shamblin Print Comment Top of page

Mark Allen Shamblin, 47, of Kenna, passed away suddenly on March 4, 2015 at his home. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Gregory J. Sheets Print Comment Top of page

Gregory J. Sheets, 56, of Columbus, Ohio, died Feb. 28, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Everett "Pete" Shepard Print Comment Top of page

Everett "Pete" Shepard, 83, of Mason, passed away Monday, March 3, at Ohio University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Everett and Glenna Shepard. He was also preceeded in death by his wife, Delores Shepard, and his sons, Joseph and Michael Shepard.

He is survived by his daughter, Edie (Darivs) Saba; granddaughters, Britiany Saba and Courtney Saba of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Becky Peck of Leon; nephew, Gary Joe Peck of Leon; niece, Michelle Marcum of Leon; and brother, Gene Shepard of Watkinsville, Ga.

There will be a one-day service on Saturday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foglesong-Roush Funeral Home, Mason. Service will be at 1 p.m.

Burial will be at Kirkland Cemetery, Lakin. Officiating will be Pastor Rob Grady.

You may send your condolences to foglesongroushfh.com.

Peggy A. Sparkman Print Comment Top of page

Peggy Ann Sparkman, 61, of Nitro, passed away March 2, 2015 at home following a short illness.

She was a former operator with C&P Telephone Company and was currently employed with Lab Corp.

Preceding her in death was a brother, Norman Thomas Sparkman.

Surviving are her son, Ronald James Sparkman of Dallas, Texas; parents, Thomas Harold and Helen Lucille Adkins Sparkman of Belle; and sister, Frances Priddy of Belle.

A gathering of her family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle. In keeping with Peggy's wishes, her body will be cremated.

Sandra C. Sparks Print Comment Top of page

Sandra C. Childers Sparks, "Sandy," 71, of Falls View, died March 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Drema Spencer Print Comment Top of page

Drema Spencer, 60, of Charleston, departed this life on February 25, 2015

She was born May 20, 1954 in Charleston to the late Mary E. Spencer and Emmitt Monroe. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Fuzzy Curtis, Katherine Betty Jean Carter, Bonnie Lucille Spencer and May Henry Thomas.

Drema was educated in the public schools of Kanawha County. She went to Garnet, Job Corps and Charleston Beauty School.

She was employed at the Daniel Boone Hotel and Charleston Marriott until she became ill.

She leaves to cherish her memories a son, Darrell F. Spencer of Charleston; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Marlene "Dee Dee" Williams; brother, James "Seymoure" Spencer; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, at New Covenant Baptist Church, Charleston. Friends may call 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Jason Paul Swiger Print Comment Top of page

Technical Sergeant Jason Paul Swiger, 31, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., formerly of Gilmer County, died March 1, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the mortuary.

Arlice D. Thomas Print Comment Top of page

Arlice Dewain Thomas passed away Feb. 25, 2015. He requested to be cremated, and Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, will hold a memorial service for him in their Myers Chapel at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

James "Jimmie" Totten Print Comment Top of page

James "Jimmie" Lee Totten, 77, passed away peacefully after a long illness on March 3rd, 2015.

Jim was born on May 12, 1937 in Ashford, West Virginia to the late Calvary C. Totten and Hattie B. Totten. Jim was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Dalquist of Chicago, IL. He is survived by his son, Michael Lee Totten of California; his sisters, Loretta Woodrum of Ridgeview, WV and Helen Watkins of Charleston, WV; his brothers; Joe Totten of Chicago, IL and Harold Totten of Charleston, WV.

Jim was a graduate of Sherman High School. After serving in the Navy, he attended art school in California, where he lived most of his life. He was a talented artist with a larger than life personality. He had a love of nature and would notice every little detail, capturing it with his beautiful oil paintings on canvas. With a love of books and classical music, he possessed a plethora of knowledge and educated others around him with his large vocabulary. He had a kind and giving soul, always having a compliment for others no matter how well he knew them. "Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so—'twas heaven here with you," by Isla Paschal Richardson.

Per Jim's wishes, there will be no service. We will miss that big smile and warm hugs... Rest in Peace, Jim.

Dawna Lou Townsend Print Comment Top of page

Dawna Lou Townsend, born July 27, 1936, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 2, 2015 at her home with her daughter, Ronda, by her side.

She was a Christian and loved her Church. She was a lifetime member of Campbells Creek Church of the Nazarene and a 1954 graduate of DuPont High School. She loved her family and made friends everywhere she went. She will be sadly missed by them all.

Dawna was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Townsend; six sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by her children, Marlena, Mark, Ronda and Anthony Townsend, and grandchildren, Lee and Calab Bays, Sara and Evan Townsend, Michael Townsend, Jonathan Morris and Jason Butts.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Robert Cale officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The online guestbook can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

John Westbrook Print Comment Top of page

John Westbrook, 92, of Beckley, died Feb. 26, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Central Baptist Church, Beckley, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Verman "Ray" Wilson Print Comment Top of page

Verman "Ray" Wilson, 68, of Charleston, was given final peace from the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2015 after several years of battle with cancer.

He was born in Roane County on Feb. 23, 1947 to the late Verman and Evelyn Waggoner Wilson. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Vonnie and Barbara.

Ray is survived by 18 years of marriage to his second wife, Kathy L. Wilson, and yet still his trusted, loyal friend, companion and caretaker of the past seven years. He is also survived by one son, Jason Ray and wife, Alisha, of Jackson County; and two daughters, Natalie K. Strickland and husband, Tim, of Kanawha County and Valerie N. Fleming and boyfriend, Chris Jarrett, of Kanawha County.

He was blessed with one granddaughter, Nicole of Kanawha County; four grandsons, Caleb and Grady of Jackson County, James and wife, Mandy, of Lincoln, NE, and Michael of Lincoln, NE, and three great-grandchildren, Damien, KayLynn and Camden of Lincoln, NE.

His surviving siblings are Richard and wife, Cathy, of Roane County, Marjorie of Jackson County, Steve and wife, Reba, of Roane County, along with numerous nieces and nephews who were always respectful and loving. Also remembering his friend and companion, Amanda Causey and son, Richard "Rocky" Carrington, and first wife, Linda Wilson.

We would like to thank all of the nurses and Dr. Brian Plants for their words of kindness and help in the Cancer Radiation Treatment Center at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Those who gave relentless support from Hospice House West, your deeds of caring and laborious hours of help will always be remembered.

In lieu of flowers, our family kindly requests that any donations be made to Hafer Funeral Home for funeral services performed.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for the family.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the family.

Myra L. Workman Print Comment Top of page

Myra Lavonne Workman, 61, of Eskdale, died March 3, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Funerals for: March 05, 2015

Anderson, Kenneth Sr. 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Cedar, Benjamin V. Jr. Noon, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ravenswood.

Cunningham, Wanda L. 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Hicks, Mamie J. 11 a.m., Main Street Baptist Church, Point Pleasant.

Hill, Vernon 1 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

McGuffin, Ida V. 11 a.m., Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Moore, Rae Jean 1 p.m., Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Reynolds, Frederick 7 p.m., Big Chimney Baptist Church, Big Chimney.

Roush, Geraldine 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Spurlock, Jason 2 p.m., Jarvis