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Charlene Bird Print Comment Top of page

Charlene (Akers) Bird, 71, of Smithers, died Aug. 25, 2014. There will be no public services at this time. Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, is honored to serve the Young and Akers family.

Ruby Ruth Bragg Print Comment Top of page

Ruby Ruth Rhodes Bragg, 79, of Danville, passed away Aug. 25, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born May 28, 1935 and was a daughter of the late George and Arsella Dent Rhodes. She was also preceded in death by husbands, Charles Bragg and Bobby Price; daughter, Debbie Price; grandchildren, Emerald Kristina Price, Danny Owen Benson and Tammy Ruth Green; and brother, Frankie Rhodes.

She was a lifelong resident of Boone County and lived at Black Diamond Arbors. She was a homemaker and was loyal to her family and helped the underprivileged. She loved gospel music and Elvis Presley. Her children and grandchildren were the love of her life.

She is survived by her son, Edward (Janie) Price of Charleston; grandsons, Devin Price of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Robbie (Shonda) Renninger of Chapmanville; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Brandon Barker, Dillon Renninger and Grace Renninger; great-grandchildren, Drew and Chloe Dickens; and nephew, Roger Rhodes.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Tom Bias officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.

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

Special thanks to Hubbard Hospice House for the care that was given.

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

Cheryl Yvette Burton Print Comment Top of page

Cheryl Yvette Burton, 50, of Rand, passed away early Thursday morning, Aug. 28, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, after a short illness. Arrangements by Preston Funeral Home.

Georgette Bush Print Comment Top of page

Georgette Collignon Bush, 96, of Palm Harbor, Fla., died Aug. 26, 2014. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Audry Erma Dodd Print Comment Top of page

Audry Erma Dodd, 86, of Auburndale, Fla., also of Elkview, passed away Aug. 20, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of cardiac arrest.

She served the Lord for 69 years and was a member of Leatherwood Primitive Advent Christian Church. She loved going to yard sales, flea markets and selling her wares at International Market World in Auburndale. She was the matriarch of our family and will be missed more than words.

Preceding her in death were her parents, James and Beulah Painter, and brothers, Herb, Owen, Earl, Daymond and Okey.

Audry is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Daris Dodd; son, Tom Dodd and his wife, Linda, of Senecaville, Ohio; daughters, Kathy Morrison and husband, Glenn, of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Patsy Stafford and husband, Jim, of Elkview; son-in-law, Stephen Moles of Auburndale; sister, Lottie Jones, who lived with Audry; brother, Lawrence Painter of Kentucky; grandchildren, TD, Robert and Christopher Dodd, Heather Smith, Stephen Moles, Cindy Crumley, Jimmy Stafford and Maria Butterworth; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was also Aunt Audry to many nieces and nephews whom she loved. Special thanks to Stephen Moles, who tenderly cared for her daily.

Service will be noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Leatherwood Primitive Advent Christian Church, Elkview, with Pastor Danny Beckner and Pastor Roger Hammonds officiating. Burial will follow in Dodd Cemetery, Elkview.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leatherwood Primitive Advent Christian Church.

Gathering of family and friends was also held Sunday, Aug. 24, at Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale.

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

R. Jack Fish Print Comment Top of page

R. Jack Fish, 78, of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

He was born Oct. 29, 1935 in Montgomery to the late Harry Stanley and Susan Fannin Fish.

Jack retired from the state of West Virginia, Department of Highways. He also was formerly employed at A&P Tea Company and FMC Corporation. He was a Christian by faith and a graduate of East Bank High School, class of 1955. He enjoyed traveling on bus trips with his classmates and was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Carol Moore Fish; daughters, Diana Lusk (Adrian) of Lewisburg and Pam Ligon of Dunbar; son, Gary Fish (Laura Mitchell) of Hurricane; and sister, Jean Estep of Wise, Va. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Brent Ligon, Melissa Lusk and April Drumheller (Jesse), who is expecting his great-granddaughter in January.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor John Duffy officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605-A MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

You may 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 service the Fish family.

Jerry Floyd Print Comment Top of page

Jerry Floyd, 69, of Little Birch, passed away Aug. 27, 2014 at home.

He was born Feb. 11, 1945 in Braxton County, a son of the late John Davis and Lulla Floyd Dolin.

He was a retired coal miner with 48 years of service. He was a Methodist by faith and attended Elizabeth Chapel Church, Bug Ridge, Sutton. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by stepfather, Clarence Dolin; half-brothers, Samuel Sanson, Gene Davis and Vaughn Davis; and half-sister, Mary Kathern Carder.

Jerry was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Cheyorld Friend Floyd; daughter, Marla Harper (Willie) of Fairmont; son, Jerry B. Floyd of Little Birch; grandchildren, Cole Harper and Tori Harper; half-brothers, Paul Davis of Canfield and Bud Davis of Birch River; and sisters, Jean Salisbury of Erbacon and Betty Sprouse of Little Birch.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Madeline Hale Print Comment Top of page

Madeline Hale went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Limestone Nursing Home, Athens, Ala.

Madeline was born June 6, 1922 in Denton, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Hale; her son, Reginal "Reggie" Hale; her parents, Bert and Ethel Stamper; and her brothers, Raymond, Howard, Therman, George and Dale Stamper.

She is survived by her son, Ron Hale and his wife, Roweana, of Athens, Ala.; a sister, Margaret Walker of Sylvester; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was a teacher at Marsh Fork High School in the 1950s and 1960s and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and taught at East Tech High School until she retired in 1995.

Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with Dennis Dye officiating. Interment will followi in Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Delores M. Handley Print Comment Top of page

Delores Marie Bennett Handley, 91, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, from complications of a stroke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Handley, in 1997; her son, Sherman "Chuck" Handley, in 1989; her granddaughter, Dea Anne Brown, in 1987; a special friend, Russell Barnett; her father and mother, Sherman Cecil and Marie Bennett; and her brothers, Wallace, Winfred, William "Bill" and Sherman "Junior" Bennett, all of Teays Valley, and Willard "Curly" Bennett of Las Vegas.

She was a lifelong resident of St. Albans and attended Grace Baptist Temple in St. Albans. She was a former Avon representative, a substitute cook for Kanawha County Schools, a member of the WIBC (Venture Lanes and Towne N Country bowling league), a member of Nitro Women of the Moose and a longstanding member of Hansford Senior Citizens in St. Albans. She loved to travel with the Jolly Travelers and her many friends in St. Albans. She had traveled to Ireland, Las Vegas, Hawaii and New York and had taken several cruises — she did not like to stand idle when she could go, go, go.

Left to cherish her memory are many family members and friends whose lives she touched. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jim "Beau" Brown of Scott Depot; daughter-in-law, Linda Handley and her partner, Pete Henson, of St. Albans; grandchildren, John Handley and his partner, Eric Stollings, of Charleston, Tim and Susan Handley, Jason Brown and Chuck and Kim Handley, all of St. Albans; great grandchildren, Brittney Handley of Nitro, Timmy Handley, Nicholas "Nick" Brown, Misty Morrison and Joey Morrison, all of St. Albans; great-great grandson, Riley Morrison of St. Albans; and her sisters-in-law, Helen Bennett and Helene Bennett, both of Teays Valley, and their children, and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Ralph Ranson conducting the service. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane.

Friends may call two hours prior to the funeral service.

The family would like to thank the Hubbard Hospice House staff and medical personnel at CAMC General, 4 South, for their professional and compassionate care. The family is immensely grateful for the patience, sensitivity, enduring love and support of her special neighbor and longtime friend, Libby Shabdue, and her granddaughter-in-law, Kim Handley, both of St. Albans.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

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

Phyllis Jean Holley Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis Jean Holley, 87, of Dunbar, died Aug. 26, 2014 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 28, 1927, a daughter of the late Hobart Koontz and Gladys Marie Jones Koontz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeffery Rudolph Holley; brothers, Russell Edison Koontz and Jackie Ray Koontz; sister, Jacqueline Faye Koontz Bowman; grandson, Scott Elliott Martin; and son-in-law, Elliott Howard Martin.

She was a homemaker and member of Dunbar Mountain Mission Church.

Phyllis is survived by her children, David W. Holley (Delores) of Unicoi, Tenn., Pamela J. Martin of Charleston, Mary Ann Mills (Michael) of Tullahoma, Tenn., and Phillip W. Holley (Carolyn) of Dunbar; brothers, William Koontz (Joanna) of Denver, Colo., Cletis Koontz of Melbourne, Fla., and Paul Koontz of Charleston; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Michael Harper officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers, Joan Spears, Conya Huffman, Beverly Swan, Debbie Means, Vicky Burgess and Anne Yost, who provided support during our difficult time.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Virginia Lorel Hull Print Comment Top of page

Virginia Lorel Hull, 88, of Alvon, died Aug. 27, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Alvon United Methodist Church, with visitation beginning two hours prior. Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Timothy Justice Print Comment Top of page

Timothy Justice, 55, of Logan, died Aug. 28, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Robert L. Kessinger Print Comment Top of page

Robert Lee "Bob" Kessinger, 80, of South Charleston, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

Bob was retired from Hydromation, in Michigan, as a steel worker. Bob served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Davis and husband, Chris, of South Charleston; son, Robert J. Kessinger and companion, Holly Baker, of Lincoln Park, Mich.; sister, Delores Dolin of Danville; brother, James B. Kessinger of Roseville, Ohio; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will have a gathering to pay tribute to Bob at a later date.

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

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

David Langford Print Comment Top of page

David Langford, 55, of Daniels, died Aug. 25, 2014. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Richard L. Metheney Print Comment Top of page

Richard L. Metheney, 62, of Nebo, died Aug. 26, 2014. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Moore Fork Cemetery, Big Otter. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com.

Larry E. Morton Print Comment Top of page

Larry E. Morton, 72, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Per his request, the body will be cremated. There will be no services. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Ruth R. O'Brien Print Comment Top of page

Ruth R. O'Brien, 92, of Ronceverte, died Aug. 26, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, at Lewisburg Church of Christ. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

William B. Ramey Print Comment Top of page

William Bradford "Bill" Ramey, 84, a resident of Pine Lodge Nursing Home in Beckley, formerly of Mount Hope, died Aug. 28, 2014. Graveside rites and committal service will be noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum No. 3, Prosperity, with visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Darrell R. Toney Print Comment Top of page

Darrell Ray "Fats" Toney, 70, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 27, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.

Betty S. Watkins Print Comment Top of page

Betty S. Watkins, 85, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 26, 2014 at her home in Charleston. Betty was born Dec. 19, 1928 in the town of Phillips to parents, Clemma "Ruth" and Robert Sperry.

Betty grew up in the town of MacArthur, near Beckley, along with her brother, Robert. Betty graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946. She attended Concord College and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. While at college, Betty met Glenn H. Watkins from Crystal and they married on Sept. 1, 1949. Betty continued her education at Concord and earned her degree in education in 1950.

In 1952 the couple moved to Charleston. Betty taught school at Taft Elementary School and later at the Charleston Baptist Temple pre-school and the Oakwood Elementary School. While teaching she attended Marshall University, earning her master's in education in 1958. The couple moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1968, where Betty continued to teach elementary school in the Hampton Township School District. Betty retired in 1989, when Glenn's career took them to Kansas City, Kan. The couple lived in Kansas City until 2000 when they returned to Charleston.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, who passed in January 2014, and her parents, Ruth and Robert.

She is survived by her brother, Robert, who resides in Florida; sons, Marc, who lives in Elkview, and David, who resides in Denver, Colo.; and grandsons, Stephen and Michael.

A small family gathering was held at Snodgrass Funeral Home. No further visitations or services are planned.

Memories of Betty may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Tammy Gail Wiant Print Comment Top of page

Tammy Gail Wiant, 40, of Jeffrey, died Aug. 26, 2014 at home. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Jean "Granny" Wills Print Comment Top of page

Jean Collins "Granny" Wills, 89, of Bozoo, died Aug. 27, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Nina K. Zornes Print Comment Top of page

Nina Kathryn Smith Zornes, 83, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Nina was a resident of Haw River, N.C., formerly of St. Albans. She was born Oct. 23, 1930 in Fayette County and was the daughter of John Henry Smith and Ora Belle Hamilton Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elwood; sister, Virginia Neff; and brother, Olan Smith.

Surviving Nina are her children, Debbie Zornes Ruch (Jim) of Powder Springs, Ga., Kenneth Zornes (Sherrie) of Mebane, N.C., and Terry Zornes of Mebane, N.C.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as her sisters, Edith Dempsey of Oak Hill and Donna Williams of Charleston. Nina was a full-time wife, mother and homemaker. She enjoyed all aspects of homemaking and usually had a freshly-baked cake ready to serve. Nina enjoyed a hidden talent of painting with oils and created some very nice works. Nina was a lifelong Christian who enjoyed gospel music and being of service to those in need.

Friends may gather with the family at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, also in Oak Hill.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Duke Hoke Family Pavilion Hospice, Durham, N.C., and The Lamb's Chapel Church, Mebane, N.C.

Online condolences and other forms of tribute are available at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill.

Funerals for: August 29, 2014

Bailey, Chester C. 11 a.m., Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville.

Cox, Mildred M. 1 p.m., Elkins Memorial Gardens, Elkins.

Dixon, Lawrence D. 1 p.m., Turkey Ridge Baptist Church, Oceana.

Harris, Wanda L. Noon, Faith and Truth Apostolic Church, Charleston.

Huffman, Alice R. 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Meadows, Connie L. 2 p.m., Broyles

Metheney, Richard L. 11 a.m., Moore Fork Cemetery, Big Otter.

Nottingham, Danny 1 p.m., Wilson

Stalnaker, Lucille 2 p.m., Greene

Wendell, Thomas A. Noon, Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.