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Ronald Blackburn Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Ronald "Ronnie" Ervin Blackburn, 58, of Nitro, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014, at home.

Ronnie was born to Beatrice Errington and Ervin Blackburn of Bogalusa, La. He is the husband to Mrs. Robin Blackburn and the daddy of Eric Blackburn, Jon, Daniel and Derek McCallister, Stacy Thompson, Haley Blackburn and Emily Carreno. He was the proud papaw of Ethan, Julian, Jada and Elleehannah McCallister.

Ronnie was a former employee of Starcom International.

A tribute to the life of Ronnie will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Donny Hively officiating. Burial will follow in Walker-Adkins Cemetery, Hamlin. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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

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

Lewis Bowring Print Comment Top of page

Lewis William Bowring, 90, U.S. Army veteran of Charleston, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. Lewis Bowring was born March 9, 1924, in Cabin Creek to Wilford and Janet Bowring.

While working as a Projectionist for thirty years at the Rialto Theatre in Charleston, Lewis met his lovely wife, Lydia. Lewis was also a member of the Randolph Street Baptist Church for over 15 years, where he truly had an extended family who cared deeply for him.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Lydia; and parents, Wilford and Janet Bowring.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Janet Burdette and Dottie Ratcliff; his grandchildren, Lewis Burdette, Jack Burdette, Casey Bowring, Nicole Blair; his great-grandchildren, Brooke Burdette, Rochelle Burdette, Chris Burdette, Alex Arnold; great-great-grandchild, Jacob Blair; and nephews Jonah Bowels, Robert Bowels, Jonnie Bowels and Junior Bowring .

A celebration of Lewis' life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, September 15, at Randolph Street Baptist Church in Charleston, WV. Family will begin receiving guests at 10 a.m. Mr. Bowring will be laid to rest at 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans' Cemetery located in Dunbar, WV with full military honor. Service is being handled by Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home of Charleston.

The family would like to thank Hubbard Hospice House for all the love and tender care shown to Lewis in his last days as well as his extended church family at Randolph Street Baptist Church, for being so understanding, supportive and ever-so-present for Lewis in his greatest time of need.

Katie Burnsworth Print Comment Top of page

Katie Burnsworth, of Barboursville, flew through Heaven's Gate on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Katie was born in Mannington, on July 15, 1949, to Huey and Edna Schrader Dye. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; three children and their spouses, Jeff (Jennifer) of Brandenburg, Ky., Scott (Jamey) of St. Albans, and Charlotte (Michael Dorsey) of Barboursville.

She was a loving "Mam" of seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was retired from the WVU School of Dentistry, Charleston, and a member of Barboursville Baptist Church.

Service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, WV, Mr. Donald Raikes, presiding. Visitation will be held at Wallace Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 14. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington, Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.

Wavie Butterworth Print Comment Top of page

Wavie Virginia Butterworth, 84, of Pond Gap, passed away at Golden Living Center, Glasgow, Thursday, September 11, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her son, Hughy and daughter, Tammy.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Kelcy H. Butterworth; her sons, Preston Butterworth, William, James (Doris), Richard (Tina), Dexter and Earl; daughters, Louise Monnot, Mae (Roger) Lanham, Ginny (Paul) Ramsey, Mary Lanham, Irene (Andrew) Seabolt, Kathy Butterworth; three brothers; one sister; 40 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m., Monday, September 15, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St. Cedar Grove with Pastor Nahum Balser officiating. Burial will follow the service in Mt. Lewis Cemetery, Ward.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Monday.

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

Ashley Campbell Print Comment Top of page

Ashley Campbell, 49, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014, with his family by his side after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

Ashley was born in Bluefield, W.Va., July 31, 1965, to Alexander ("Zan") Doak Campbell and Ida Varney Campbell. Ashley graduated from Marshall University, in Huntington, W.Va., with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, in 1988, and passed his certified public accountant examination shortly thereafter. Ashley was formerly married to Susan Elizabeth Campbell. Ashley and Susan have two beautiful daughters, Breann Elizabeth, 14, and Lauren Nicole Campbell, 12.

Throughout his business career, Ashley served as an executive for various international and domestic companies. At the time of his illness, Ashley was the Chief Executive Officer of Sensei Solutions, LLC, an electrical and technology based company.

Ashley loved the Lord and worshiped at the Forest Hill Church, in Charlotte. He adored his two daughters and was a devoted father, a loving son and brother, as well as a loyal friend to many. He loved to spend time with his daughters, family and friends, playing and watching golf, and enjoying the sun and the beach. Ashley was a very fun-loving, optimistic and caring man. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, and forever hold a loving and special place in their hearts and souls.

Ashley is survived immediately by his mother, Ida V. Campbell of Beckley; his brother, Robert A. Campbell, of Charleston; his daughter, Breann E. Campbell of Charlotte, N.C.; his daughter, Lauren N. Campbell of Charlotte, N.C.; his aunt, Nancy K. Campbell of Bluefield, W.Va.; his nephew, Gage A. Campbell of Charleston.

The family is grateful to all the outstanding care Ashley received from the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, in Durham, N.C., the Carolina Medical Center, in Charlotte, N.C., the caretakers at Visiting Angels Living Assistance in Charlotte, N.C., and the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, in Charlotte.

A celebration of Ashley's life will be held Monday, September 15, with a one hour visitation from noon until 1 p.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m., at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Dr., Fort Mill, SC 29708. Thereafter, on Tuesday, September 16, a one hour visitation will be held, from noon until 1 p.m., followed by a service at Church of God Family Worship, 224 Pinewood Dr., Beckley, WV, 25801. Immediately following the service, the burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park of Beckley, Inc., 1925 Harper Rd., Beckley, WV, 25802.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718; or the Church of God Family Worship, 224 Pinewood Dr., Beckley, WV, 25801.

TH Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family, www.throbertson.com.

Richard J. English Print Comment Top of page

Maj. Richard Joseph English, Ret. U.S. Army Special Forces, was born Jan. 23, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio, and died Sept. 1, 2014 at the Portland, Ore., University Hospital from cancer.

He was active in the Army from 1988 until January 2014, when he retired. He received many honors and awards for his service to his country from the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Zhara Zwelling-English, and her family; mother, Grace English; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard English Sr., who died Oct. 1, 1979, and his grandparents.

A memorial service was held at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Friday, Sept. 5. Another memorial service is pending at Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene, Charleston, W.Va.; the date is not yet determined.

Kenneth Estep Print Comment Top of page

Kenneth R. Estep, 87, of Nitro, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West, Friday, September 12, 2014.

Ken was retired from FMC in Nitro, a graduate of Nitro High School, and a former member of the Nitro Moose Lodge.

In his early years, he was an active coach in Midget League Football and Little League Baseball. In later years, he was very supportive of his children and grandchildren in their sporting and cheerleading endeavors. Ken was a lifelong member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Ethel Estep; his sister, Irma Lee Sandifer; and brothers, Bernard Estep, Grenfall "Sweat" Estep, and Earl "Bubbles" Estep, Jr.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gertrude Estep; his daughter, Kim R. Estep of Nitro; sons Perry Estep and wife, Judy of Hurricane, Larry Estep of Charleston; brothers, Keith Estep of Hurricane and Robert Estep of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Meagan (John) Bonecutter, Mandy (Andrew) Eggleton, Alex Estep, and O.J. Estep; great-grandchildren, Berklee and Behrett Bonecutter, Avery and Ellie Eggleton, and Shiloh Estep.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 14, at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church. A celebration of Ken's life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, September 15, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark E. Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Stern Cemetery, Red House, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to either St. Paul's United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 278, Nitro, WV 25143 or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2002 20th St., Nitro, WV is in charge of arrangements.

You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Frances Fisher Print Comment Top of page

Frances Lee Fisher, 76, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, September 11, 2014, at CAMC General.

Born November 30, 1937, in Sissonville, she was the daughter of the late Richard Deal and Ann Laura Deal.

Frances was a member of Center Point Community Church. She loved listening to gospel music and was a member of the Fisher Family Quartet. Frances was a collector of cardinals and had eight cats.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Harlan Deal and Ray Deal.

Frances is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Charles Fisher; two daughters, Debbie Pauley (Tim) and Tammy Thomas (David); a brother, Sam Deal (Bonnie); two sisters, Lynn Long (Joe) and Mabel Foster (Don); six grandchildren, Justin Pauley (Erin), Danielle Riggs, Jeremy Pauley (Amy), Michael Thomas, Stephanie Burton (Brandon), and Natalie Thomas; and six great-grandchildren, Jackson Thomas, Hunter Pauley, Colin Burton, Paige Pauley, Jaelynn Pauley, and Rielyn Pauley.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 14, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with Pastor Alvie Witt and Rev. LeRoy Meadows officiating.

Interment will immediately follow at Milam Deal Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

William Fortner Print Comment Top of page

William Brian "Bill" Fortner, 56, of Petersburg, passed on to a better eternity Sunday, August 24, 2014, at his residence.

Bill was born January 17, 1958, in Charleston and was a son of Audrey A. (Hodge) Fortner of Virginia Beach, Va. and the late Ross David Fortner Sr., formerly of Petersburg.

Mr. Fortner served in the United States Navy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three brothers, Ross David Fortner Jr. and Gregory Lee Fortner, both of Charleston, and Paul Steven Fortner of Virginia Beach, Va.; one sister, Deborah Ann Fortner Gay of Ridgeville, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was much loved by all of us, his brothers and sister, and kinfolk and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Project Healing Waters, Fly Fishing, P.O. Box 695, LaPlata, MD 20646.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Pence Cemetery, Spring Fork Drive, off Campbells Creek Road, Charleston, WV.

Jessica Foster Print Comment Top of page

Jessica M. Foster, 34, of Scott Depot, died Thursday, September 11, 2014. Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road is in charge of arrangements.

Artimitia Fowler Print Comment Top of page

Artimitia "Artie" Smith Fowler, went to Heaven on September 13, 2014, to meet with her Lord and her family and friends. She passed away at the Oak Ridge Center, where she had called her home for five years.

She is survived by her son, Carlisle (Janet) Smith; and grandchildren, Stephen and Terri Smith, all of St. Albans; one great-granddaughter, Rachel Smith of Marietta, Ga.; and her adopted children, Ray and Jeanette Brammer, also of St. Albans. She is survived by one brother, Maxfield Smith (Bea) of Spring Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in passing were her husband, Clarence "Mack" Fowler; parents, Clarence and Lula Smith; her sisters, Ruth, Otie, Katherine, Ann, and Alpha; brothers, Arnold, Basil, Bernard, and Frazier "Jake".

Artie was born in Tornado on Februrary 23, 1918, on her mother's birthday. She worked at the Tornado General Store for more than twenty years. She taught Sunday School at Pleasant Hill church for many years. She then went to work with her husband, selling and delivering wholesale meats. She and Mack retired and enjoyed traveling to Canada and several other places. She kept her Bible on the table in front of her at Oak Ridge and read it every day. She said that was her way of witnessing to the staff and visitors at Oak Ridge.

The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 15, and the funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, at her home church, Bethany Baptist, at 2504 Grant Avenue in St. Albans. The service will be conducted by Pastor Tim Campbell and Pastor Butch Leadman. Burial will be at the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery. Curry Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Robert Harper Print Comment Top of page

Robert Douglas "Hump" Harper, 48, of Huntington, died Saturday, September 13, 2014. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Hubbard Print Comment Top of page

Sandra Lee Welty Hubbard, 74, of St. Albans, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, after a long illness.

Born January 10, 1940, at Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late Emmett H. and M. Georgetta Unruh Welty.

Sandra was retired from BB&T. She was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans and a member of the Kanawha Valley Board of Realtors.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Robert M. Hubbard; daughters and sons-in-law, Allison L. and Brian Jones of Wellington, Fla., and Gayle G. and Dan Rittenhouse of Hurricane; brother, Fred Welty of Pittsburgh, Pa. Also surviving are her loving grandchildren, Gwyneth, Isaiah, Austin, Grant and Tyler.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans with the Rev Loretta Isaiah officiating. Entombment will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the church.

You may share memories or condolences online at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned, located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans is honored to serve the Hubbard family.

Charles W. Hughes Print Comment Top of page

Charles William "Chuck" Hughes passed away Sept. 7, 2014 after a short illness.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Lee Hughes and Betty Cashman.

He was born in Huntington on May 9, 1947. Chuck grew up in Chesapeake, Ohio, and graduated from Chesapeake High School in 1965. He was a United States Navy veteran and served his country in Vietnam. Chuck was a car salesman for over 30 years. He was an avid NASCAR fan and he loved to travel and spend time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ellen Hughes; daughter, Melody Pennington (Dennis); son, Chad Hughes; stepdaughters, Beth Given (Mark) and Kelly Adkins; stepson, Ben Adkins; granddaughters, Ashley Morris (Travis), Amber Stroud (Nathaniel) and Lauren Given; grandson, Garrett Given; and great-grandchildren, Bronson and Kaylee Morris and John and Carter Stroud.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you send donations to a charity of your choice. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Hughes family.

Betty Hunter Print Comment Top of page

Betty Gay Hunter, 74, of Danville, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer, Thursday, September 11, 2014.

A West Virginia resident all her life, Betty loved and cared for her family at home. She also worshiped God at Danville First Baptist Church, where she was a member for many years.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Layne; and brothers-in-law, Buddy Vance, Donald Podunavac and Harlin Barker.

She is survived by her immediate family, husband, Oliver Leon Hunter; her son, Michael (Sheryl) Hunter; daughters, Vicky (Rick) Bassham and Kristi (Richie) Casto; and stepson, James Leon Hunter. She is also survived by brothers, Richard Layne and Jimmy (Jean) Layne; sisters, Lillie Barker and Sue Podunavac, both of Danville and Patsy (Freddie) Clay of Man; grandchildren, Jack Dempsey Jr. and Jason (Hope) Dempsey of Fort Knox, Ky., Jennifer (Wes) Dempsey Meeteer of Beckley, Zachary (Ashlee) Bassham of Logan, Alex Bassham, Michael Hunter Jr., Joshua Hunter, Kaleigh Casto and Shelby Casto; great-grandchildren, Connor Dempsey, Kendall Dempsey and Collin Dempsey of Fort Knox, Ky.; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved and cared for her.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, September 15, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Mark Meeker officiating. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Park, Danville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

William Johnson Print Comment Top of page

William Lamont (Scuffy) Johnson, went to be with The Lord, September 6, 2014, in Lexington, Ky.

He is preceeded in death by his mother, Fannie Christine Johnson; brothers, Glen (Rusty) Martin and Joseph Watkins.

He leaves behind his daughter, Taya Lannette Dogan of Charleston; brother, Curtis (Nice) Martin of New Haven, Conn.; aunt, Nellie Harriston-Watkins of New Haven Conn.; and uncle, Ruben Johnson of Charleston; along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorial service will be held noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 20, at the Fathers House Missionary Baptist, 500 29th St., W, Charleston.

Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m.

David Kent Print Comment Top of page

Brig. Gen. (ret.) David Thomas Kent, was born on December 20, 1932, in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of Midgie Hatfield Kent and Ernest G. Kent. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1951 and from West Virginia University in Morgantown, with a BA in Journalism in 1958, and a MA in Political Science in 1959.

General Kent began his military service in July 1953. After enlisted service at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., he was graduated from Field Artillery Officer Candidate School, Fort Sill, Okla., in August, 1954.

He held various assignments in field artillery battalions in Korea from November 1954 to May 1956. He served as Ammunition Officer and Battalion Reconnaissance and Survey Officer in the 623rd Field Artillery Battalion, I Corps Artillery. While with the 63rd Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, he served as a Forward Observer, Battery Commander, and Regimental Liaison Officer. Upon release from active duty as a first lieutenant, he joined the West Virginia Army National Guard in October 1956. While assigned to the 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery, from 1956 to 1964, he served as a Battery Executive Officer, Assistant S-3 and S-2. He was reassigned to Headquarters, West Virginia Army National Guard in 1964. Over the next six years, he held various staff assignments, primarily in operations and training.

In 1970, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 201st Field Artillery, and held that position through 1973. After a brief reassignment to Headquarters, West Virginia Army National Guard, General Kent was assigned to command the 111th Engineer Group until September 1976. At that time, he was reassigned to Headquarters, West Virginia Army National Guard, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Operations, and Training. He held that assignment for two years, at which time he was assigned the position of Director, West Virginia State Area Command. General Kent was serving as the State Area Command Director at the time of his assignment as Deputy Commander, West Virginia Army National Guard. He was promoted to brigadier general in October 1981. On August 5, 1982, he was federally recognized as a brigadier general.

General Kent served as Assistant State Adjutant General of West Virginia between August 1981 and April 1985.

Between 1955 and 1980, he attended and graduated from Field Artillery Associate Advanced Course (1965); Command and General Staff College (1969); Engineer Special Advanced Course (1975); Armed Forces Staff College (1975); National Defense University (1980).

Decorations and Awards: Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Humanitarian Services Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; West Virginia Meritorious Service Medal.

Civic Affiliations: National Rehabilitation Association; West Virginia Rehabilitation Association; National Guard Association of the United States; National Guard Association of West Virginia; Kappa Tau Alpha; Pi Sigma Alpha.

Civilian occupation: Assistant to the Director, West Virginia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

David is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Kent, whom he married on June 30, 1956. They moved to Charleston in 1959, where they still reside. He is survived also by his son, John David; his grandson, Benjamin David; a brother, Robert Hutton Kent (wife, Nancy); and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no service, as per his request.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro is assisting the family.

Kenneth Miller Print Comment Top of page

Kenneth Edward Miller, 52, of Sod, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

He was born April 14, 1962, and was a son of the late Levi and Martha Miller. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Delmus Miller and Gary Miller.

He is survived by his children, Stephanie and Tony Yeatman, Katrina Miller, Anna Miller, Frankie and Tracy Miller; his siblings, Doris and Walt Smith, Tommy and Cheryl Miller, Allen and Brenda Miller, Deloris and Dave Hughes, Darlene Adkins and Beverly Steele; nine grandchildren, Matthew Boggs, Brook Bailey, Anthony Yeatman, Jaydon Rodgers, Marie Alford, Dakota Eskew, Haley Miller, Amber Miller and Madison Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 15, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with the Rev. Dwight McClure officiating. Burial will follow in Rogers and Miller Cemetery, Lizemore, WV in Clay County.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

John Mullens Print Comment Top of page

John Burl Mullens, 82, of Calvin, died Thursday, September 11, 2014. In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated. Waters Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Denver Raines Print Comment Top of page

Denver Raines, 96, of Charleston and Scott Depot, died Saturday, September 13, 2014. Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is in charge of arrangements.

Jessica Rakes Print Comment Top of page

Ms. Jessica Dawn "Rosie" Rakes, 31, of Harts, died Friday, September 12, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Scoval Reynolds Print Comment Top of page

Scoval Ray Reynolds, 82, of Cheylan, a loving father of five daughters passed away Friday, September 12, 2014, in CAMC General Hospital.

He was retired from Libby Owens Ford and enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking trips to the beach. Scoval was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a life member of the VFW.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Austin Crede and Rosie Holbert Reynolds; brother, William Curtis Reynolds; sister, Georgie Seabolt.

Survived by loving wife of 59 years, Anna Jones Reynolds; daughters, Vickie Gragg and husband, Robert, of Lenore, N.C., Valerie Akers of Chesapeake, Darlene Murphy and husband, William, of Davis Creek, Linda Leary and husband, Thomas, of Granite Falls, N.C., Eva Hardman and husband, Chris, of Queen Shoals; sisters, Madeline Carper of Cross Lanes, Christine Newhouse of Parkersburg; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren;

and a fifth generation great-great-great-grandson.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Chambers officiating. Burial will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin. Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at the funeral home.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the neighbor's Petry and Wilson family.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House or the Hubbard Hospice House 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston. He never knew a stranger and was loved by all.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview is assisting the family.

John Siders Print Comment Top of page

John F. Siders, 89, of Ohio, died Thursday, September 11, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, at the Mt. Carmel Church, Gallipolis Ferry with full military rites at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Deal Funeral Home on Sunday.

Melody Starcher Print Comment Top of page

Melody Jean Starcher, 52, of Le Roy, died September 3, 2014. A graveside service will be held a later date. John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

David Stephenson Print Comment Top of page

David Jack Stephenson, 91, passed away August 22, 2014, in Hospice Care Port St. Lucie, Fla.

He was born September 30, 1922, in Clendenin, W.Va.; graduated from Clendenin High School, attended WV Tech, retired from Patterson Dental Supply Co. and PGA Golf Club. He was a decorated WWII Coast Guard veteran

and served aboard the USS Peterson DE-152. He is survived by his devoted wife, Estelle; loving daughters, Tawney Mangus, Kathy Stephenson, both of Procious, W.Va., Virginia Bogardus of Morrow, Ga., and Amanda Volpenhein of Covington, Ky.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers and three sisters; and his beloved first wife, Virginia.

"Jack" requested to be cremated. His remains will be buried at Koontz Cemetery in Clendenin, W.Va.

Memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Koontz cemetery in Clendenin.

Ruth Taylor Print Comment Top of page

Ruth M. Henderson Swanigan Taylor, 94, of Miami, W.Va., formerly of Olive Hill, Ky., passed away on September 12, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Glasgow, surrounded by her Tackett family. She was born October 6, 1919, in Carter County, Ky. to Halsey and Carrie Watson Henderson. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Violet Tackett of Miami, W.Va., and Gladys Callihan of Olive Hill, Ky.; two husbands, Robert Swanigan of Olive Hill, Ky. and Russell Taylor of Olive Hill, Ky.

She is survived by one son, James (Carman) Swanigan of Georgetown, Ky.; and one daughter, Judy Grill (Danny Tackett) of Morehead, Ky.; three grandchildren, Robert (Shannon) Swanigan of Georgetown, Ky., Kristy (Eric) Grills Holman of Greenup, Ky., and Billy (Kacey) Grills of Grayson, Ky.; nine great- grandchildren, Christian, Chloe, Emily and Charlie Grills, Colton and Walker Holman, Andre, Sarah, and Kayden Swanigan; and several nieces and nephews in Ky.

Ruth is also survived by her two children by choice, Allen (Sallie Pat) Tackett of Miami, W.Va., James (Betty) Tackett Jr. of Belle, W.Va.; grandchildren by choice, Lisa Tackett and Krystal Given of St. Albans, Allen (Jessie) Tackett Jr. of Milton, Jamie (Kendra) Tackett of Belle, J.T. Tackett III and Barry Cunningham of Dublin, Ohio; great-grandchildren by choice, MyKaela Given, Jordan, Addyson, and Brooklyn Tackett, and Chance Cunningham.

Ruth was a proud member of the Chesapeake Senior Citizens Center and an honorary member of the East Bank High Scholl Alumni Association. She was a member of the Olive Hill Chapter of the Eastern Star # 290. She attended the Chelyan United Methodist Church.

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to the employees and staff at the Golden Living Center for all the wonderful and loving care they gave Aunt Ruth.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 15, at the Chelyan United Methodist Church, Chelyan, WV. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, at the Church. Burial will be at the Garvin Ridge Cemetery, Olive Hill, Kentucky. Pastors Dave Biondi and Erin Daniels will officiate the service.

William P. "Bill" Tucker Print Comment Top of page

William P. "Bill" Tucker, 87, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at Valley Center.

Bill retired from Coastal Tank Lines after 37 years of service. He was a US Army World War II veteran. He was awarded the victory ribbon and was a recipient of the Army occupational medal in Germany. Bill attended Bethany Baptist Church for many years. Carpentry and going to the beach in Florida were two of his passions. A loving husband, father, grandfather who will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Hazel; daughter, Cheryl Griffith and her husband, Gary, of St. Albans; son, Randy Tucker, at home; and grandchildren, Lance Griffith of California, Samantha Snyder of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tyler Griffith of Phoenixville, Pa., and Connor Griffith of West Chester, Pa.

Celebration of Bill's life will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Tim Campbell and the Rev. Butch Leadman officiating. Burial will follow in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute.

Gathering of family and friends will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Valley Center for the care, love and support they gave.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.casdoprhandcurry.com.

Funerals for: September 14, 2014

Beirne, Helen 3 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Claypoole, Kieran R. 2 p.m., Stockert

Deweese, Gary 2 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home Chapel, Eleanor.

Dickens, Sharon 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Hale, Julia A. 5 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

McClure, Darrell 3 p.m., Gatens

Potts, Helen J. 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Price, Neal 2 p.m., Taylor

Salisbury, Eddie M. 1 p.m., Wilson

Scarborough, James 2 p.m., Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg.