WAYNE COUNTY OBITUARIES
Obituaries courtesy The
Wayne County News and The Huntington Herald Dispatch and other sources.
These obituaries for the month of April were compiled by Howard Osburn
WANDA L. MAYNARD MINKS, 70, of Mooresville, passed away on April 1, 2014. She was born on July 25, 1943 in Dunlow, West Virginia to the late Henderson and Miriam Hensley Maynard. She enjoyed reading, fishing and playing video games. Survivors include 2 sons, Mark (Rebecca ) Carey, Matthew (Peggy) Carey, 3 grandchildren, Ashley (Drew) Swinney, Josh (Ashley) Carey, Amberly Carey, 2 great grandchildren, Noah Swinney and Alyssa Carey, 9 siblings, Ruth Maynard, Bob Maynard, Obie Maynard, John Maynard, Henderson K. Maynard, Faye Dillon, Peggy Roe, Dale Ellis and Jane Sutherland and partner in crime, Emma Lee Henson and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 children, Paul Carey Jr. and Eva Marie Carey, 3 siblings, Romeo Maynard, Iris Justice and Alma Maynard. Visitation will be on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, IN with the service at 4:00pm. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www. ghherrmann.com
ARLENE MAE ROWE, 69, of Lavalette, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at her home and went to her Heavenly home to be with her Heavenly Father and her beloved husband Bob. She was born January 6, 1945, in Logan County, W.Va., a daughter of Mae Gravely of Huntington and the late Jimmy Gravely. Her husband, Robert Francis Rowe, preceded her in death. She was a retired healthcare worker at Cabell Huntington Hospital and was a member of Hand of God United Baptist Church. She had faith in God and an enduring love for her children and grandchildren whom she was so proud of. She loved singing hymns and enjoyed the simple things in life. She was a caring and beautiful person inside and out. She leaves precious memories to those who knew and loved her. In addition to her mother, survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law Darlene and Greg McCoy of Huntington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Dale and Parr Perry of Proctorville, Ohio and David and Erin Perry of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter-in-law Tammy Perry of Indiana; eight grandchildren, Derrick McCoy, Dakota McCoy, Allie Perry, Adam Perry, Justin Perry, Bethany Perry, Ethan Perry and Rachel Perry; two sisters, Kay Sias and Daisy Donahue; three brothers, Rush Finley, Roger Gravely and Tommy Gravely; and a host of nieces and nephews who she was known to as Aunt Sissy. Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with her son Elder Jimmy Dale Perry, and Elder Luke Richmond officiating. There will be no graveside services. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chapman's Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ohio Valley Association Youth Camp, c/o Jimmy Perry, 257 Township Road 1212, Proctorville, OH 45669. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapmans-mortuary.com
WINCHESTER "W. C." MAYNARD, 74, of Wayne, WV, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Cabell-Huntington Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV, with Elder Tony Clay officiating. Burial will follow at the Greasy Ridge Cemetery at Dunlow, WV. He was born March 6, 1940 at Dunlow, a son of the late Wornie and Delcie Maynard Maynard. He was a retired employee of Connors Steel and Steel of West Virginia, and was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era. A nephew, Edward David Maynard and an aunt, Shreda Crockett, also preceded him in death. Survivors include a sister, Flora Faye Tomblin (Jim) of Wayne, WV; a brother, Henry F. "Pete" Maynard (Emma) of Lavalette, WV; a nephew, Henry Maynard, Jr.; two nieces, Vineta Maynard and Shreda Gorum; three great-nephews, Joe McCloud, Gene Gorum, and Jeremiah Gorum; and two great-nieces, Amanda Kelly and Delcie Gorum. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Morris Funeral Home.
PAUL EVERETT O'DELL, 71, of Prichard, W.Va., died April 4, 2014, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted 2:00 pm Monday, April 7, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Darren Featheroff. Burial followed at Community Memorial Gardens. He was born October 16, 1942 in Huntington, WV, a son of the late Ernest Woodrow and Marie Martin O’Dell. Paul was a retired machinist at Owens-Illinois Glass. A brother, Jay O’Dell also preceded him in death. Survivors include two daughters, Paula O’Dell Roop and husband, Dean of Prichard, WV, Charlene Murray and husband, Tim of North Carolina; a son, Gary O’Dell and fiancé, Melissa of Prichard, WV; a brother, Clyde O’Dell of Lavalette, WV; four grandchildren, Jacob O’Dell, Lakyn O’Dell Parsons, Chasidy Daughtery Johnson, Victoria Murray; five great-grandchildren, Madison O’Dell, Bryce Andrew Parsons, Levi Parsons, Cash Johnson and Carrington Johnson. Friends called from noon until service time at Morris funeral Home, Wayne, WV
HENRY C. DILLON, 88, of Kermit, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home. He was born in Lenore, W.Va., on December 4, 1925, to the late Albert and Rose Marcum Dillon. Henry is survived by his wife, Mary Virginia Dillon; two sons, Donald Eldon (Linda) Dillon and Guy Dwayne Dillon both of Fort Gay; four daughters, Henrietta (Jack) Zolyniak, Linda Ruth (George) Meade and Elaine (George) Maynard all of Knoxville, Tenn., and Patricia Dillon of Kermit, W.Va.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two siblings, Shirlene Dempsey of Lenore, W.Va., and Donald Dillon of Dayton, Ohio. Henry was a strong believer in Jesus and a devoted reader of God's word. Henry was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for deer hunting and coon hunting! Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home in Inez, Ky., with Don Dillon and Lonnie Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Garden in Maher, W.Va. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Sunday, April 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Inez, Ky.
HAROLD LEE ADKINS SR., 81, of Wayne, died April 5, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Brother Paul Michael Booth and Rev. Winfred Winters. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. He was born February 17, 1933, in East Lynn, W.Va., a son of the late Lee Otis and Verlie Marshall Adkins. He was retired from ACF Industries with 30 years of service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald (Juanita), Julius (Elizabeth), Andrew J. "A. J.", Jackie, Dennis Ray (Gaynelle); and two sisters, Dorothy Moore (Charles) and Pearl Maynard (Bob). Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Eliza Sansom Adkins; two sons, Harold L. Adkins Jr., Vince Edward Adkins (Ruth); a brother, Billy Joe Adkins (Opal); five granddaughters, Rebecca Dick (Jerid), Jessica Akers (Jeremie), Heather Adkins, Johrden Adkins, Emily Adkins and fiancé, B.J. Smith; three great-grandchildren, Hannah Slone, Jaxon Dick and Kaylen Akers; three stepgrandchildren, J.R. Crawford, Jackie Crawford and Ayden Racer; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne.
KATHLEEN HOLBROOK RUNYON, 88, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Heartland of Riverview in South Point, Ohio. Funeral services will be conducted 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Rollins Funeral Home with Pastor Rodney Hale officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Kathleen was born June 11, 1925, in Lawrence County, Ky., a daughter of the late Oscar and Lucy Kelly Holbrook. She was a member of the 18th Street Pentecostal Church of Christ. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Emory Curtis Runyon; one son-in-law, Walter C. Reynolds Sr.; three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gary Lee and Linda Runyon of Ceredo, W.Va.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Judith Ann Reynolds of Kenova, W.Va., and Emorietta and Kelly White of Salisbury, N.C.; one brother, Delano Holbrook of Columbus, Ohio; one granddaughter and her spouse, Lisa (Gary) Shelley; four grandsons and spouses, Jeff (Jaime) Runyon, Matthew Runyon, Dale (Carrie) Ferguson and Greg Wilson and four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Dale Thomas, Cody and Kaelan. Friends may call an hour and a half prior to the services. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the Runyon family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
ALMA WALKER, 84, of Huntington, West Virginia went to be with the Lord, April 8, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend A.J. Perry on Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. She was born November 28, 1929, in Wayne County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late James and Lydia Hammond Perry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers; seven sons, Walter Joe, Danny, Roger Dale, Bussy, Rodney, Ronald and Larry Glen; two daughters, Brenda Burkindine and Kathy Adkins.She is survived by two brothers and one sister; one son, Don Perry (Betty); two daughters, Helen Phillips and Betty Anderson (Benny). She was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She also had several nieces and nephews. Alma is deeply loved and her memory will be in our hearts forever. Rest in the arms of Jesus, Mom.
ALEA RUTH HOGAN, 77, of Kenova, WV passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in St. Mary’s Medical Center. A Celebration of Life was conducted 3:00 P.M. Thursday April 10, 2014 at Alela’s home 146 Harper Lane Kenova, WV. with Minister Chris Stevens officiating. Alela was born October 10, 1936 in Stiltner, WV. a daughter of the late Sonny Finley and the late Daisy Frye Finley Ross. Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Clarence E. Hogan; two sisters Emogene Ayers and Lois Frasher; and five brothers Lawrence, Delbert, Laurel, Sonny, Jr. and Youngea Finley. Survivors include seven daughters and one son-inlaw Hope (Lynn) Stevens (David) of Wayne, WV., Crystal Staley of Kenova, WV., Debbie Smith of Kenova, WV., Emogene Stevens of Catlettsburg, Ky., Imogene Sexton of Lavalette, WV., Rosemary Porter of Huntington, WV. and Patricia (Annie) Hogan of Kenova, WV.; two sons Eugene Shannon and Charles Hogan both of Kenova, WV. She is also survived by four brothers Newman Finley of Ohio, Glen Finley of Pensacola, Florida, Julius Finley of Texarkana, Arkansas and Charles Finley of Catlettsburg, Ky.; two sisters Agnes Faye Smith of Catlettsburg, Ky. and Inez June Frazier of Kenova, WV.; sixteen grandchildren; forty-two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the Hogan family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
CATHERINE CHRISTINE SPEARS, 89, of Pearland, Texas, formerly of Kenova, WV passed away on April 9, 2014 with her loving family by her side. She was born in Durbin, KY; a daughter of the late Emmett Nunley and Mabel Damron Nunley. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Oscar Mayuke Spears, her infant daughter, Margaret, and her son Philip Mayuke Spears. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her two granddaughters, Natalie "Noelle" Frye and Shannon Leigh Winn and her grandson Jason Aaron Spears and her great-granddaughter Abby Rebecca Frye. Graveside services were conducted at the Catlettsburg Cemetery in Catlettsburg, KY on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 2 PM. Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ceredo-kenovafuneralhome.com.
ALESE STICKLER, 80, of Fort Gay, WV, formerly of Huntington, WV, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. She was born February 16, 1934 in Crum, WV, a daughter of the late Bill Brumfield and Louise Stevens Harvey. She was a caregiver and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her son, James Stickler. Surviving are two daughters; Marcia and Rick Thompson of fort Gay, WV, and Tonya Stickler of fort Gay, WV, Grandchildren; James and Stephanie Fletcher whom she raised as her own, Stephanie Esque, Kimberly and Scott Fletcher whom she raised as her own, Samantha Thompson and Marsha Fletcher, Great Grandchildren; Victoria Dickenson and James G. Fletcher whom she raised as her own, Shayne Fletcher, Trista Esque, Nicholas Fletcher and Gabriella Moore, brothers; William and Josephine Brumfield of Springhill, IL., and Eddie and Yvonne Brumfield of Genoa, WV, sister; Sandy Brumfield of Crum, WV. funeral services were held at 11am Monday, April 14, at Young funeral Home Chapel with Fev. Noah Robertson officiating. Visitation was from 6-8 on Sunday at Young Funeral Home. Burial was in the White Chapel Memorial Gardens at Barboursville, WV. Young Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
HESTER ANN SANDERS, 83, of Wayne, widow of Enoch Sanders, died April 10, 2014. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Sunday, Morris Funeral Home, Wayne; burial in E.J. Sanders Cemetery, Wayne. Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Contributions are suggested to Canada Chapel Church, 145 White Oak Fork Rd., Wayne, WV 25570.
WILLIE ROBERTSON SR., 90, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Rollins Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Byard officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Willie was born October 24, 1923, in Wayne County, a son of the late Johnson and Tennessee Smith Robertson. he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife Reba V. Robertson; three brothers, Virgil, Frank and Millard Robertson and two sisters, Alice Shannon and Irene Maynard. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Willie "Pete" Robertson Jr., and his wife Phyllis Jean Robertson of Huntington, W.Va.; one grandson and his wife, David Michael and Christie Robertson of Kenova, W.Va.; two great-grandchildren, David Mason and Jayden Marie Robertson; and two sisters, Gladys Brown of Kenova, W.Va., and Mary Solly of Shreveport, La. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the Robertson family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
Heaven's gates opened wide as the angels welcomed home another servant. HESTER ANN SANDERS, 83, of Wayne departed this earthly life on Thursday, April 10, 2014, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne with Pastor Johnny Jackson and Pastor Paul Michael Booth officiating. Burial will follow in the E.J. Sanders Cemetery, Wayne. Hester was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Della Adkins. She was a member of Canada Chapel Church and Wayne OES Chapter 156. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Enoch Sanders; three infant children Beatrice Ann, Judith Darlene and Ricky Dale Sanders; and one brother Clifford Adkins. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Sanders of Wayne, W.Va., and Karen (Sid) Fragale of Hurricane, W.Va.; one grandson, Kristopher (Jaclyn) Pyles of Ona, W.Va.; granddaughter Stephanie Fragale of Apex, N.C.; one great-granddaughter, Aspen Pyles and one great-grandson, Hunter Whitley. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Adkins and Nellie (Virgil) Crockett; one brother, Garland (Fay) Adkins of Wayne, and a host of other family members and friends. The family extends their gratitude to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Canada Chapel Church, 145 White Oak Fork Rd., Wayne, WV 25570. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne.
FAITH MARIE FRY, 11, of Branchland, WV, went to be with the Lord April 10, 2014 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Sunday, April 14, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Elders Danny Wooten, Emual Adkins and Delmer Adkins. Burial will follow at Ross Family Cemetery. She was born August 14, 2002 in Huntington, WV, a daughter of Dennis Kent Fry and Tina Marie Adkins Fry. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers Willis Lyle Fry and Leck Adkins. Additional survivors include a sister, Kyra Paige Fry; a brother, Derek Kyle Fry; and her grandmothers’ Martha Magdalene Fry and Geneva Mae Adkins. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm Saturday at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV. The family would like to thank Dr. Pippa Lambrose, the staff at Hospice of Huntington, SOMC Hospice of Ohio and the Pediatric Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital for their care, her cousin Adam and "the girls" Hannah & Sarah who Faith loved so dearly, along with Happy Hollow Church of Christ and Wolf Pen Church of Christ for their love and prayers, and all of our family the love and care extended to us for the past eleven years.
BRYAN RANDALL WORKMAN, 38, of Spotsylvania, Virginia, formerly of Ceredo-Kenova, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. He was born April 30, 1975, in Huntington, W.Va. Bryan is a 1993 graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky, received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University and was awarded his Masters of Healthcare Administration from Ohio University. Bryan was the Director of Plant Operations at SRMC in Virginia. Bryan is the beloved husband of Melissa Davis Workman, whom he married on February 3, 2001. He has two beautiful children, Lauren, 18 and Derek, 11. Bryan is also survived by his parents, Randy and Sarah Workman of Culloden, W.Va.; paternal grandmother, Lora Workman of Ceredo, W.Va.; father-in-law and mother-in-law Tom and Marlene Davis of Gallipolis, Ohio. Preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents, Charles and Lyndol Curry and paternal grandfather Virgil Workman. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Willis Funeral Home, Gallipolis, Ohio with Pastor Alvis Pollard officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 10:45 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Kenova, W.Va., with Dr. Jerry C. Workman officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the college fund for Derek Workman at any BB&T location. Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.
BETTY FAYE NAPIER, 80, of Huntington, wife of Thomas B. Napier, died Thursday April 10, 2014, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington. She was born May 1, 1933, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late Samuel Edward and Thelma Faye Shuff Simmons. She was a retired cook and waitress at Foster Memorial. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Oca Simmons and Richard and Helen Simmons. Survivors include her loving husband Thomas B. Napier, two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Linda Adams and Dwayne and Linda Adams, all of Huntington; two daughters and a son-in-law Kathy Stephens and Sheila and Dave Driskill, all of Huntington; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandchild and a brother and sister-in-law Jim and Sue Simmons of Huntington. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Kellogg Independent Holiness Church of God in Huntington by Pastor Roger Mooney. Reger Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.
CHARLES DENNIS SMITH, 74, of California, Ky., formerly of Wayne, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, Ky. He was born October 17, 1939 to the late John Smith Jr. and Virginia Foster Smith. Also preceding him in death were two sons, Scott Smith and Ricky Smith; one daughter Cathy, all of Cincinnati, Oh.; and one brother, Ralph Smith of Rittman, Oh. Charles graduated from Wayne High School in 1957 where he played football for the Pioneers for four years, and was also on the wrestling team. He then worked for the N&W railroad working his way up from a brake man to a train master. Following his retirement he engineered a train for N&W railroad and raised cattle on his farm until his death. He is survived by his wife Donna Smith; two sons, John (Sarah) Smith and John (Lesa) Smith, both of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Linda Stevens of Cincinnati, Juanita McKensie of Prichard, W.Va., Donna (Denny) Blankenship of Lavalette, W.Va., and Loretta (Leonard) McCoy of Kenova, W.Va.; one brother John "Danny" Smith of Wayne; and a host of friends and family, all of whom will sadly miss him. Private services were held and Charles was laid to rest on his farm in Kentucky.
JOHN FRANKLIN DAUGHERTY, 49, of Fort Gay, WV, died Saturday, April 12, 2014. Mr. Daugherty was born March 1, 1965 in Louisa, KY. He is the son of the Wilburn and Rose Bates Meredith. He was a Disabled Auto Mechanic. He is survived by one daughter: Chasity Daugherty Johnson and husband Jacob of Ocean Side, CA; A brother Joe Daugherty of Grayson, KY; he also has two grandchildren; Jeremiah Cash and Carrington Jynx; Also surviving is Johns Significant Other, Lisa Hager. John is preceded in death by his brother Wilburn "Button" Meredith Jr. The funeral will be held 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Salt Petre Baptist Church, Fort Gay with Rev. Richard Maynard and Rev. Mack Ray Cyrus officiating. Burial will follow in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens Louisa. Friends called Tuesday, April 15 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Wilson Funeral Home Louisa, KY. Online condolence can be made at www. wilsonfuneralhomeky.com
ELDERED DOWELL CARTER, 70, of Clearlake, California, passed away at St. Helena Hospital in Napa on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Dowell was born at his parent’s home in Stiltner, West Virginia, May 13, 1943. He grew up in West Virginia and Florida before joining the United States Army in 1968. He spent eight years in the service in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany before returning home with a Purple Heart. Afterwards he moved to California, retiring to Clearlake with his wife in 1994. His wife of 27 years, Dorothy Francis (Rhoda) Carter, preceded him in death in 2005. With his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents Loranzie D. and Macie M. Carter; his grandparents, Melvin and Cora (Davis) Carter, Ollie and Oma (Merritt) Sanders; and sister Delores Kay Carter. He is survived by his siblings Golda Robertson, Lana and Don Cahill, Oma and Vicente Lopez, Nella Paul, and Garry Carter; step-children and grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Per his wishes there will be no services when he is interred next to his wife at St. Helena Cemetery.
The life of RUEBEN GIDEON KIRK JR., of Ona, West Virginia (March 4th, 1947- April 17th, 2014) will be celebrated by his family, friends, and loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Wallace Funeral Home, Milton. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Milton along with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #139, Milton, followed by the graveside service at 3 p.m. at his family cemetery, Bill Perry Cemetery, in Dunlow, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Nutter, and two sons, Rueben Gideon Kirk, III, also known as "Skip" and Bobby Kirk, also known as Robert. Rueben was a kind and gentle man, known for his work ethic, dependability, willingness to help others, love of country, Marshall football, dogs (Akitas-Spice, Mastiffs- Jet, and Goldendoodles - Coco and Pepper) and his family. He honorably served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, earned a Bachelor's from Marshall University, and had a fulfilling career working in the United States Postal Service. He was a familiar face at the Huntington Post Office, Marshall games, and on the ball fields in Ona. He loved to fish, watch movies (particularly sci-fi), and eat homemade meals with his family. Rueben leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Jan T. Kirk, daughter, Theresa O'Brien and son-in-law Dan, of Mentor, Ohio, stepdaughter, Sarah Jarvis and stepson-in-law Joe, of Ona, and stepson Eric Wilson, of Huntington, his stepfather Bob Nutter, sisters: Frankie Marcum and Barbara Stroud (Landon, husband), brother Tommy Kirk (Dreama, wife), brother-in-law Gregory Adkins, grandchildren Shayna and Aleena O'Brien, Chance Kirk, Wyitt Kirk, and Cameron Jarvis; nieces Dee Meddings, Barbara York, Barbara Litton, Yvonne Murry, Natalie Rowe, Caitlyn Adkins, great-niece Lilly Rowe, nephews John Riley, Eric, John, David, Clarence, & Paris Stroud, Shayne Kirk, Billy Kirk, and other family, friends, and his four-legged girls, Coco and Pepper. For those coming to this celebration of life, please consider wearing your favorite Marshall gear.
CHARLES FRANKLIN MAY, 76, of Huntington, passed away April 17, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Elder Delmer Adkins. Burial will be in Scott Adkins Cemetery, East Lynn. He was born January 1, 1938, in Wayne County, a son of the late Randolph and Edith Merritt May. He was a retired employee of Steel of West Virginia and a member of Steel Workers Local #37, Huntington. He was also preceded in death by one son, Charles Allen May. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Izetta Adkins May; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Vic Smith of Catlettsburg, Ky., one son and daughter in-law, Steven Dale and Sheila Gail May of Shoals, W.Va., and daughter-in-law, Tammy May of Huntington; three grandchildren, Charles Andrew May, Matthew Perry (Debbie) and Brittany Allison May; and two great-grandchildren, Rachel and Luke Perry. The family would like to thank neighbor and dear friend Lowell Adkins for all of his kindness. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.
MARY LOU ROSS ISAACS, 83, of East Lynn, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Morris funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the Skeens Cemetery, East Lynn, WV. She was born on July 27, 1930, in East Lynn, WV to the late Ida Collins Merritt, Hardy Merritt and Barney Ross. Mary was a homemaker and a member of Big Lynn freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four sons, Jonathan, Timmy, David and Leslie (Bug) Isaacs, Jr., brother Lowell Bernard Merritt and two sisters Minnie (Teenie) Levering and Mary Ellen Honaker. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Leslie Isaacs, three sons John (Sue) Isaacs of Huntington, WV, Michael (Chloe) Isaacs and Brent (Carol) Isaacs all of East Lynn, WV, three daughters Janice Stanley of Huntington, WV, Catherine (Phillip) Chafin of Wayne, WV and Carolyn (Thurman) Chafin of Huntington, WV and daughter-in-law Amy Isaacs of East Lynn, WV. She is also survived by three brothers Homer Richards, Jr. (Cynthia), James Merritt all of East Lynn, WV and Donnie Merritt of South Carolina, 34 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was also a faithful Christian who loved being in church. She was a humble and caring woman and peacekeeper. She was loved by all who met her and will be deeply missed. friends called from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
GLADYS MEADOWS, 86, of Kenova, WV, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV. funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova. She was born February 21, 1927, to the late Charlie Helmondollar & Verna Maynard Helmondollar. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters Edith Stiltner, Mary Magdaline Cook, and Francis Bunn and brothers Wade, Clyde and Wetzel Helmondollar. Surviving is her daughter Connie Bryant of Kenova, WV, brother William Lee "Abe" Helmondollar, five grandchildren, Sharon Gilkerson, Diana Clay, Angela Williamson, Wendy Willis and James Bryant, Jr, and a special niece Maudie Kinser. Friends may call from noon until service time on Wednesday.
NOAH CHALLIS BOOTH, age 92, died of natural causes on April 19, 2014, at his home in Mobile, Alabama. Born in Wayne, West Virginia, he was the youngest son of William Taylor and Rebecca Hazelett Booth and one of six older brothers to their only sister. He joined the U.S. Navy on March 6, 1939, and retired as an AOC on Dec. 8, 1958, completing 20 years in the military. He is a survivor of the sinking of the USS Wasp in the Coral Sea on September 15, 1942. He was in the water three hours where he was picked up by the destroyer Duncan. He married his sweetheart, Olive Minnie Toney, after two years in the service, and they moved across the country several times over the years. They had three children. After retiring from the military, Noah went to barber college in Jacksonville, Florida, and barbered for 35 years in Sanford, Florida, working for John Carver, Charles Hayes and Otto Thomas. He was a long-time member, Sunday school teacher and Deacon of First Baptist Church Sanford, Florida, and only recently became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, after moving there in 2013. He loved the Lord and took every opportunity to share his faith with others, even when in the hospital. He lived his faith. At First Baptist he was known as the Candy Man, passing out candy to the children and to adults as well. Noah loved to fish and was often up early and at Lake Jessup for a catch then cleaned up and was ready to cut hair for the day. He never would eat the fish though. He would give them away to neighbors or friends or someone along the riverbank who wanted them to eat. He loved to watch westerns on TV, reading Zane Grey and Louis L'amour westerns and the Bible. His favorite sports were baseball and football, and he loved to watch the Gaithers and Billy Graham on TV. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Olive Toney Booth; daughter, Sharon Booth Davis (Wayne); son, Michael Noah Booth (Candy); grandchildren, Jeff Davis, Rev. Mark Davis (Tabetha), Dusty Booth (Jenny), Brett Bury; great-grandson, Noah John Davis; one sister-in-law, Juanita Van Horn; and numerous nephews and nieces, all of whom he was very proud. He is predeceased by his parents, Taylor and Rebecca Booth; brothers, Edgar, Okey (Viola), Waldo (Sadie), Ormal, Norman (Louise); and sister, Miami Wells (Rufus), and infant daughter Karen Sue Booth. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Wayne, West Virginia.
DORSEY "BUD" MAYNARD, 84, of Rio Grande, Ohio, formerly of South Point, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Holzer Medical Center. Funeral service will be noon Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home with Pastor Carl Black officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville, Ohio. Bud was born October 31, 1929, in Wayne County, W.Va., a son of the late Candy Edgar and Zora Smith Maynard. He was a retired warehouseman for Cincinnati Cortege and Paper Company and a United States Marine Corps veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Freda Maynard; one daughter, Brenda Maynard; one great-grandson; two sisters, Dorothy Maynard and Freda Mae Dickerson; four brothers, Vernis, Virgil, Edgar Jr., and Jarrett Benton "J.B." Maynard; and one son-in-law, John Runyon. Bud is survived by two daughters, Vickie (Mark) Baldwin of Rio Grande, Ohio, and Valerie Runyon of Barboursville, W.Va.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, John Maynard of Melbourne, Fla. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home, Chesapeake, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.schneidergriffin.com.
CATHERINE "MICHELLE" CHRISTIAN, 32, of Wayne, W.Va., passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 6, 1981, in Huntington, W.Va., Michelle graduated Wayne High School in 1999 and later graduated from Mountain State University. She was a sales associate with JC Penney. Her brother, Tony Marshall preceded her in death. She leaves behind her devoted husband Josh Christian and her cherished children Joshua Ethan and Kaylee Michelle, all of Wayne; her parents Doug and Cathy Marshall; two brothers, Doug and Missy Marshall, and Scott and Shonda Marshall; and special nieces and nephews, Chelsea Marshall and her fiance Brandon Hale, Brandon, Kara, Ashleigh, Colby, Nevaeh and Marie, all of Wayne. Also surviving are her parents-in-law Roger and Judy Christian and brother-in-law Lee Christian, all of Wayne; and friends and family too numerous to mention. Funeral service will be conducted at noon Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home, Wayne, with Pastor Greg Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Wayne. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
HAROLD E. "HAL" ROLLINS, JR., 63, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. Hal was born January 13, 1951, in Huntington, a son of the late Harold E. Rollins Sr., and Lucy C. Hatten Rollins. He was also predeceased by a brother, Walter Dale Rollins. He was Vice President of Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Hal was a 1969 graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School. He earned his BA from Marshall University and received his AAS from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kenova. Hal enjoyed the annual golf outing with his friends and every opportunity he had to play. He spent many years as a baseball umpire and was a member of the Western WV Umpire Association. Hal learned the joy of bowling from his father and followed in his footsteps to bowl two perfect 300 games in 1994 and 2002. He was a member of the American Bowling Congress. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #93 Kenova. He is survived by one sister, Patti Rollins of Kenova; two daughters and one son-in-law, Andrea and Jack Butcher of Ceredo and Barbie Maynard of Kenova; grandchildren Brittani, Rylee, Addison, Dawson, Jennah, Emily and Mia; a special aunt who never failed to be there when he needed her, Marion Sansom and her husband Walter of Huntington; three uncles and their wives, Don and Joan Hatten of Olney, Ill., Dale and Zelda Hatten of Kenova and Larry and Charlene Hatten of Ashland, Ky.; two special co-workers, David G. Amos and his wife Kelly, and Timothy D. Bias and his wife Georgeann; many cousins and friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Kenova United Methodist Church in Kenova. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday, April 25, 2014 at the church with Pastor Scott Byard officiating and Rev. Jim Richards assisting. Burial will follow in Dock's Creek Cemetery. We will miss his smile and his joy for life. Flowers will be accepted and appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Eric Sparks Memorial Fund, 22 Nana Lane, Kenova, WV 25530 or the KUMC Building Fund, 503 15th St. Kenova, WV 25530. Rollins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
WILLIAM TOPPINGS, 76, of Ranger, W.Va., husband of Bertha Toppings, died April 21, 2014, at home. He was a certified welder, mechanic, and carpenter and worked at Fisher Truck and Trailer. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Little Harts (W.Va.) Freewill Baptist Church. Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, W.Va. www.honakerfuneralhome.org.
DOUGLAS McARTHUR WILHITE, 71, of Fort Gay, W.Va. received his promotion to Heaven on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was born October 21, 1942 in Havaco, W. Va., a son of the late Floyd Edward and Jessie Victoria Bevins Wilhite. He was pastor of Fort Gay Church of God, a retired bus driver for Wayne County Board of education, and was a United States Army Veteran. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Floyd, Lloyd, Virgil and Bobby; sisters, Carol and Barbara. Survivors include, his loving wife, Sedonia England Wilhite of fort Gay, W. Va.; daughter, Jenny Rebecca Wilhite of fort Gay, W. Va.; son, Douglas McArthur (Cheryl) Wilhite Jr. "Mack" of Louisa, Ky.; brothers, Larry Wilhite of Conrow, Texas; Winford Wilhite of King, N.C.; Irvin Wilhite of Clemmons, N.C.; grandchildren, Mellinea, Marshall, Hailey, Brooklyn and Harry; Great Grandchildren, Nevaeh and Kevin. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Friday at Fort Gay Church of God with Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens, Louisa, Ky. Visitation will be after 6:00 pm Thursday at fort Gay Church of God.
HARVEY POWERS JR., 84, of Parker, Colo., formerly of Lavalette, W.Va., passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his residence. He was born April 3, 1930, in Kingston, W.Va., a son of the late Harvey Benton and Josie Fisher Powers. His wife, Ruth Elizabeth Powers; a son, James Arnold Powers; a sister, Loraine Levine; and a brother, Arnold Powers, also preceded him in death. He was retired from the C&O Railroad with 30 years of service; was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War; and was a member of Florence Memorial United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Ritchie and her husband Ed of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Dr. Harvey Powers and his wife Beverly of Parker, Colo.; Sam Powers and his wife Amy of Churchville, Md.; a sister, Mabel Klein of Proctorville, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Jessica Powers, Courtney Powers, Hannah Powers, Sean Powers, Zack Powers, Jimmy Hale and Julie Mount; and a great-grandson, Justin Mount. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Greg Edens officiating. Burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, with military graveside rites conducted by Veterans Honor Guard Post 16. Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Friday at Chapman's Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Florence Memorial United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapmans-mortuary.com.
JAMES I. TACKETT, 90, of Louisa, Ky. passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at his home. He was born November 30, 1923 in Potter, Ky. a son of the late Jessie B. and Ollie Trimble Tackett. He was a Federal Employee U.S. Treasury Accounts & Appeals Officer; he was a United States Navy WW II and Korea Veteran (Chief Petty Officer); he was active in the Louisa Methodist Church and the Republican Party. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Tackett. Survivors include his loving wife, Gloria Jean Crank Tackett of Louisa, Ky.; two sons, James A. Tackett of Lexington, Ky.; Timothy A. Tackett of Louisa, Ky.; sisters, Marie Maynard of Louisa, Ky.; Audrey Ormandy of Louisa, Ky.; Maxine Damron of Columbus, Ohio; Grandchildren, Andrea L. Tackett of Pikeville, Ky.; Desirea G. Tackett of Pikeville, Ky.; Lance Corp. Max (Lauren) Tackett of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Bowen I. Tackett of Paintsville, Ky.; Great Grandchildren, Tori Brown and Gracie Brown of Pikeville, Ky.. Funeral services were conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Watts officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Ky. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Young Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Louisa United Methodist Church Building Fund.
GWENDOLYN HALL, 90, of Wayne, W. Va., formerly of Meally, KY, died April 29, 2014. She was born Oct. 10, 1923 to the late Walter and Ellen Larsen Johnson. Gwendolyn was a member of the Meally Church of Christ. She is survived by one son Ronald Hall of Wayne, WV, two sisters Marlyn Pearson and Norma Alward both of New Sweden, MA, one grandson, thee great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, several nephews and nieces. Visitation was Friday May 2, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Preston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Preston Funeral Home Chapel, with Wayne Short officiating. Burial will follow in the Hall Family Cemetery at Meally, KY.
HENRY THOMAS "Tom" STAMPER, 68, of Prichard, WV, entered into rest April 29, 2014. He was born July 11, 1945 to the late Henry and Goldie Hall-Stamper of Dunlow, WV. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Regenia, two special nephews/sons, R. K. (Sarah) Gissel and Cruz Hardwick, a very special granddaughter Lilly Marie Gissel, one daughter Veronica Lynn Alday, two grandchildren, David and Racheal Alday, ten brothers and sisters, Jewel Ferguson, Bernard "Oot" (Georgia) Stamper, Jerry (Jean) Stamper, June (Joe) Marcum, Sue G.v.) Williamson, Mary Jo Lovins, Kay (Jack) Dickinson, Betty Crabtree, Dale (Faye) Stamper, Patty Dwain) James, and a host of many nieces and nephews and other family and friends whom he all loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in law, and one sister and brother. He was a retired steelworker from Steel of West Virginia, musician, and very accomplished carpenter. Like any other great carpenter he always left his mark. He touched the lives of each and every person he met. He was a very warm and loving man who was always able to bring a smile to your face. There are not enough words to express how much he will missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will were conducted 1:00 PM Friday, May 2, 2014 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Finley and Pastor Eddie Hay officiating. Burial followed at the Stamper-Marcum Cemetery, Dunlow, W.V.. Visitation was from 1:00 am til 1:00 pm Friday at Young Funeral Home Chapel.
WETZEL WALLER, 68, of Brunswick, Ohio went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his home. He was born December 22, 1945 in Webb, W.V. a son of the late Saul and Maudie Copley Waller. He was a construction worker, a loving husband, father and grandfather and great grandfather. He loved bluegrass gospel music, loved his family, loved camping with his family and loved the Lord dearly. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Dean Waller. Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years come July 14th,he was the love of her life, Margaret R. Copley Waller of Brunswick, Ohio; daughter, Sheri Lyn (Ted) Stotts of Lake City, Arkansas; one son, Wetzel Eugene (Sharon) Waller of Brunswick, Ohio; Brothers, Elmer Waller of South Point, Ohio; Ray Waller of Bucyrus, Ohio; Rufus Waller of Fort Gay, W.V.; sisters, Louise Salmons of Webb, W.V.; Bonnie L. Long of Urbana, Ohio; 5 Grandchildren, Craig, Derrick, Erica, John David and Eric; 7 Great Grandchildren; his beloved dog who never left his side, Fred; He will be truly missed and loved by all who knew him. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow at the Copley Cemetery, Trace Branch Rd, Fort Gay, W.V. Visitation will be 6:00 til 9:00 PM Friday at Young Funeral Home, Louisa, Ky.
BETTY JANE BELCHER, a celebrated lifetime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, passed away in Huntington, WV on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the age of 83. The daughter of Cary Charlton and Maggie Marie Hurley Ashley, Betty grew up as a coal miner’s daughter and all that came with that life. She understood the importance of family, the significance of hard work and the pleasures of simplicity. She applied the values she learned growing up in Princeton, WV to her life and instilled the same values into her growing family, even in her final moments. Betty used her grace and vibrancy to always make her presence known, even the quietest of moments, which for our family is very rare. Her honesty, hardwork and authenticity is her legacy and it will continue to live on in everyone she touched. Known for her "golden touch," Betty always could bring laughter, sophistication and life to every and any situation. Her infectious charisma, her impeccable style and her attention to detail made her presence felt in her work and with her involvement with the DAR, where she was most recently the Special Advisor to the Westmoreland Chapter Regent and was named the State Committee Chairwoman for Chapter Achievement. In addition, Betty served two terms as Regent of the Westmoreland Chapter (1986 – 1989 and 1995 - 1998); Westmoreland Chapter Historian (2007 – 2010); was a chairwoman of many West Virginia State Committees including Flag of the U.S., Constitution Week, Community Service, DAR Good Citizen. Furthermore, Betty was appointed National Vice Chairwoman for Chapter Achievement, Commemorative Events, DAR Good Citizens, and Constitution Week. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Bob Belcher, her daughter Carol Casto and partner Charles T. Palmer from Proctorville, OH, her grandchildren, who knew her best as Granny, Greg Casto from New York, NY, and Tim Casto with his wife Jennifer Casto, as well as her great-grandchildren Bob and Madison Casto, from Cincinnati, OH. In addition, Betty is survived by her two sisters, Glenna Christie from Lantana, FL and Lois Onks from Virginia Beach, VA. Her family meant the world to her, and she always stood tall and proud seeing each of them succeed. In lieu of flowers, please send your condolences to Hospice of Huntington.