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Aretha Franklin Clay Center performance was ‘practically a historical event’

The awful, unavoidable truth is that vocalists do not get better with age. After 20, 30 or 40 years, most of them lose power and range, and usually, the more notable the vocalist, the more noticeable the loss.

The fall can be terrible and for...

Funerals for: May 18, 2015

Coleman, Della Mae 2 p.m., Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Lorea, Johnny 11 a.m., Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church, Boomer.

Luoni, Evelyn 11 a.m., Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston....

Elizabeth Simpkins

Elizabeth Simpkins, 92, of Branchland, died May 16, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the funeral home.

Jim McClure

Jim McClure, 80, of Charleston, passed away May 16, 2015. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Stephen Hopta
Stephen Hopta

Steve Hopta, 93, of Charleston, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice West after a short illness.

He was born July 25, 1921 to Julia and Mike Hopta of Leetsdale, Pa. He was recruited from Leetsdale High School to play football and...

Barbara K. O'Connor

Barbara Kay (Adkins) O'Connor, 64, of Alum Creek, passed away May 16, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Clifton "Knute" Samples
Clifton "Knute" Samples

Our loss is Heaven's gain. Clifton "Knute" Samples passed away May 16, 2015 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, his family moved to the Kanawha Valley when he was still a child. Knute grew up in the Green Valley...

Robert G. Starkey Sr.

Robert Gene Starkey Sr., 78, of Scott Depot, passed away May 15, 2015 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at Gateway Christian Church, 422 B Street, St. Albans beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

Bob leaves behind a loving...

Herbert L. Smith Jr.

Herbert L. "Jack" Smith Jr., 84, of West Columbia, Mason County, died May 15, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the funeral home.

Thural W. Williams
Thural W. Williams

Thural Wandel Williams, 89, of Rosedale (Perkins), passed away at his home on May 15, 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Thural was born June 25, 1925 to the late Dorr Waitman and Zoma Effie Cochran Williams at Removal (Webster County)....

Ammaline Howard
Ammaline Howard

Ammaline Helen "Amy" Howard, 99, of Charleston, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Friday, May 15, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born December 6, 1915, in Charleston, West Virginia and was a graduate of Charleston...

William Hudson

William Roscoe Hudson, 81, died Tues. May 12, 2015. Service will be held 11 a.m. Wed. May 20, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues. May 19, at the funeral home. Groves Funeral Home in Union is serving the...

Evelyn Luoni
Evelyn Luoni

Evelyn Luoni, of Charleston, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, May, 14, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House surrounded by her three sons. She was born in Charleston in November, 1929, and she was the daughter of the late William and Donna Dollenmayer. She...

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