WAYNE COUNTY OBITUARIES
courtesy The Wayne County News and The Huntington Herald Dispatch and other
These obituaries for the month of January were compiled by Howard Osburn
ROBERTA WILLIAMSON, 77, of Wayne, WV, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2015 at Heritage Center, Huntington, WV. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2015 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, with Brother Scott Marshall officiating. Burial followed in the Spurlock Cemetery, Wayne, WV. She was born May 18, 1938, in Rich Creek, WV, to the late Isom Robinson and Ruby Rice Robinson. Roberta was a homemaker and attended the House of Worship Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years Aley Williamson and several cousins. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
STELLA JONES, 85, of Fort Gay, WV passed away Friday January 1, 2016 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice Care Center following a long illness. Stella was born Feb. 14, 1930 the daughter of the late Everett and Polly Ann Kinser Browning. She is preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Lynn Jones, five sisters and two brothers. Stella was retired from Shoney’s in Huntington, WV.; and of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include three daughters Kathy Watts of Prichard, WV, Karen Kay Thompson of Hayward, CA, and Stella Marie Ann Matney and husband Eddie of Fort Gay, WV; three sons Edward Lee Jones of Harts, WV, Michael Dale Jones and wife Mary of Fort Gay, WV, and Ricky Allen Jones and wife Alice of Dorest, Ohio; a sister Winnie Browning of Proctorville, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were conducted on Sunday Jan. 3rd at 2:00 pm at the Everett and Polly Browning Cemetery at Mann’s Knob Harts, WV with Bro. Chris Wilson officiating. Friends called from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturday Jan. 2nd at the Wilson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice Care Center 3100 Strauton Road Huntington, WV 25702. Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.
VERNON PACK, age 47 died January 2, 2016 at his residence Fort Gay, WV. The son of the late John Sherman and Irene Pack. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death three brothers, Sherman F. Pack, Emery Lynn Pack, and Simon John Pack. Survivors include, one son, Clyde Emery Pack and daughter Olivia Pack both of Fort Gay, WV.; five sisters, Mae Mullett, Lorna Pack of Louisa, Ky.; Orpha Mounts, Monnie Pack, Oma Hardwick all of Fort Gay, WV.; four brothers, Louis, Pete Pack of Fort Gay, WV.; Ronnie Pack of Poquoson, VA.; Ricky Pack of Indianapolis, Ind.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 PM Saturday, January 2016 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Sprigg officiating, Jerry Patrick will read the obituary. Burial will follow at the Thompson Cemetery, Fort Gay, WV. Visitation was 6:00 til 9:00 PM Friday at Young Funeral Home Chapel.
MICHAEL RAY HOLT, 60, of Fort Gay, W.V. passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016 at his home. He was born September 7, 1955 in Louisa, Ky. a son of the late Paul T. and Clovia Lemaster Holt. Mike was a member of Oak Grove Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings, Claude Holt, Bruce Holt, Terry Holt and Helen Perry. Survivors include, two daughters, Christina (Greg) Haney of Fairmont, WV; Katherine (Seth) Marcum of Fort Gay, WV; wife, Brenda Holt of Huntington, WV; granddaughter, Emma Marcum of Fort Gay, WV; brothers, Joe (Debbie) Holt of Louisa, Ky.; Jim (Sheila) Holt of Catlettsburg, Ky.; Jerry Holt of Alabama; sisters, Barbara Ann (Elsie) Blevins of Ashland, Ky.; Carol (Johnny) Crabtree of Fort Gay, W.V.; Ruby (Cal) Caldrone of Ohio; Maxine Endicott of Port Orange, Fla.; Tina (Mike) Finley of Fort Gay, W.V.; Tammy Holt of Fort Gay, W.V. A Memorial service will be conducted 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Oak Grove Church with Mack Ray Cyrus officiating, with a visitation one hour prior to service. There will be a visitation 5:00 til 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa, Ky.
LORENE MERRITT HUNT RICHARDSON, 75, of East Lynn, W.Va. left this life to her eternal home on Saturday, January 2, 2016. She was born December 22, 1940 in East Lynn, a daughter of the late Wiley and Lula Merritt. Her husband Earl Richardson also preceded her in death. She leaves behind one son, Gary Kendall Hunt of Columbus, Oh.; three brothers, Noble Merritt (Shelby) of Wurtland, Ky., Gary Merritt East Lynn, and Randy Merritt (Margie) also of East Lynn; three sisters, Frances Eplin of Huntington, W.Va., Loretta Watson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Wanda Richardson of Wayne, W.Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 2016 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Merritt Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
JAMES WOODROW "WOODY" RAYBURN, 101 of Kenova, WV went to be with his Lord January 2, 2016. He was born June 16, 1914 on Queens Creek in Wayne County, WV a son of the late Robert and Nellie Billups Rayburn. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle Michael Rayburn; a son, John R. Rayburn and 18 siblings. Woody worked the Rayburn farm until 1939 and later retired from Columbia Gas Company after 33 years of service. He had been an avid horse and knife trader and enjoyed recycling newspapers for his church. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was 37 years old and was a member of Kenova United Methodist Church and also attended Shiloh United Methodist church for 17 years. Woody was a lifetime member of Buena Vista Masonic Lodge #60. Masonic Rites will be performed at the cemetery. He loved the Lord, his family and friends. Survivors include his beloved son Larry D. Rayburn and his wife Nancy of Ft. Thomas, KY; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Rayburn of Kenova; three granddaughters Debby Moore, of Kenova, Melissa (Joe) Hunt of Delbarton, WV and Deidre (Scott) Farley of Kenova; three grandsons John R. (Anne) Rayburn Jr. of Hurricane, WV, Scott (Kim) Rayburn of Kansas City, KS and Denver Rayburn of New York City, NY; three great granddaughters Jenny (Jared) Stephens, Monica Rayburn all of Hurricane and Emily Rayburn of Kansas City; five great grandsons Zachary (April) Moore of Salt Rock, WV, Zane Moore of Huntington, WV, John R. Rayburn III of Hurricane, Ethan Rayburn of Kansas City and Beau Farley of Kenova; three great great grandchildren Marley Moore and Tyler and Jaxon Stephens; six special friends Fred Hurley, Ron Keyser, Buck Lykins, Jack Riggs, Bob Dawson and William Gibson. His grandsons and great grandsons served as honorary pallbearers. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Kenova United Methodist Church. A celebration of his life was conducted at noon, Thursday January 7, 2016 at the church with Pastor Jim Richards officiating. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Kenova United Methodist Building Fund, 503 15th St. Kenova, WV 25530. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
SHIRLEY WALKER MEADOWS, 81, of Huntington, passed away Monday January 4, 2016 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm Friday at the Reger Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova, WV. She was born September 24, 1934 in Huntington, a daughter the late Theodore and Katherine Nunley Walker. She was a homemaker, Baptist by faith and liked to take care of kids. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her ex husband Henry Meadows; son Carl Meadows; brother Theodore Walker; sister Delores Walker; sister and brothers in law Burma and Russell Weaver and Judith and Scott Aliff and her cat Nebi. Survivors include a daughter and son in law Lisa and Jack Tiller of Huntington; grandchildren Hank Starkey, Jackie Starkey, Ainslee Adkins and Crystal Starkey; great grandchildren Chelsea, Jackson, Cassidy Starkey, Corey Csaki, Kaleb, Seth and Savannah Tiller and Jared Stull; great great grandson due in March and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 1 pm until service time Friday at the Reger Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.
MARTHA BOWEN CLAY, 84, of Kenova, W.Va. went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m., Saturday January 9, 2016, at Rollins Funeral Home with Pastor Charles E. Hay officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Martha was born January 16, 1931, in Martin Co. Ky. a daughter of the late Charlie and Polly Ann Johnson Bowen. Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Clarence Clay; one special nephew David Lee Caldwell and six siblings. Survivors include two special nephews Michael Ray Caldwell (Tammy), Greg Allen Hay (Christi); two special nieces Marlene Caldwell and Angie Caldwell: numerous other nieces and nephews and four siblings Dossie Preece, Leo Bowen (Mary), Eldia Elkins (Don) and Fondalene Hay (Herbert). Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Rollins Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House 3100 Staunton Rd. Huntington, WV. 25702. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
LINDA SUE PERRY, 67, of Kenova, W.Va. passed away Friday, January 6, 2016 at her sons’ home in South Point, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted 1:00 p.m., Monday January 11, 2016, at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova with Pastor John Holland officiating. Interment followed in Dock’s Creek Cemetery. Linda was born February 29, 1948, in Cabell Co., WVa. a daughter of the late Earl and Ruth Combs Mourning. She was a former cook with the Wayne County School System. Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers Earl and Michael Rex Mourning. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law Chauncey A. Perry (Heidi) of South Point, Ohio; six grandchildren Chauncey, Aaron, Anthony, Jacob, Destinee and Tylia; one sister Darlene Lowe (Rick) of Perry, Georgia and special friend Barb Lloyd. Friends called from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M Monday, January 11, 2016 at Rollins Funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
SANTFORD "PETE" SAMUEL WALTERS, 85 of Ceredo, WV, healthy, happy and full of life, laid down for a nap and woke up with the Lord. He was born on April 4, 1930 in Ceredo, WV, a son of the late Dennie and Beulah (Via) Walters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Annyce (Perkins) Walters; son, Paul Michael Walters; two sons-in-law, John Howard and Rodney Blatt; his brother, Charles Walters; his sister, Artha Lee McCarty and brother-in-law Zeldon McCarty; He is survived his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Jay Finley; brother and sister-in-law Rick and Alberta Walters and brother, Darrell Walters; four daughters: Karen Howard, Joyce Swain (Randy), Vickie Blatt- Norman (Bill), Sharon Turley (Wayne); and daughter-in-law, Sherry Walters. Also surviving are his 6 grandsons: James Blatt, Michael Blatt (Kim), Joseph Swain (Ashley), Matthew Swain, Jacob Turley and Jared Turley; and three granddaughters: Stacy Darnell (John), Amy Wyman (Danny), Stephanie (Walters) Parsons and 14 greatgrandchildren: Emily Swain, Nicky Blake, Mikey Blake, Dakota Parsons, Micah Darnell, Kylie Darnell, Avery Darnell, Donovan Howard, Tyler Cook and Vanessa Wyman, Iliana Adkins, Kelsey Adkins, Kailyn Adkins, Aiden Adkins; two special nieces, Crystal McCarty and Tessa (Finley) Hatten and a host of family and friends. Visitation was at the Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday,January 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Josh Huffman officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Valley Memorial Gardens, Huntington, WV. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ceredo- kenovafuneralhome.com.
CHARLES ALLEN JOHNSON, 61, of Wayne, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2016 at his residence. He was born September 1, 1954 at Fort Worth, Texas, a son of the late Lenoria Jean Napier Johnson. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was a Toyota master technician for 25 years. A brother, Richard Louis Johnson also preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Napier Johnson; a daughter, Carrie Johnson (Chuck Kitts) of Wayne, WV; a son, Charles Johnson, Jr. (Carri) of Wayne, WV; a sister, Debbie Ferguson of Crown City, OH; two brothers, David Johnson (Lisa) of Wayne, WV and Leonard Johnson of Louisa, KY; eight beautiful grandchildren, Christian and Hunter Johnson, Makaia and Kaleena Smith, Noah Hill, Linzee, Baylee and Pyper Kitts; and numerous other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ANNA JEAN "SIS" WORKMAN WILSON, 57, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Friday, January 8, 2016, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Dock's Creek Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Morrello officiating. Anna was born June 25, 1958, in Wayne County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Garrett and Doris Carol Watts Workman. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Thomas "Fabit" Wilson; two brothers, Garrett Workman Jr. and Richard A. Workman; and one sister, Debra Lynn Workman. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Christy Styron (Jerry) of Huntington, W.Va., and Patricia Livingston of Proctorville, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Fugate (Chester) of South Point, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Rollins Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
ARTHUR U. BROWNING, 91, of Wayne, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016 at home. The son of the late Dan and Sallie Finley Browning, he was born in Williamson, WV on December 31, 1924. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Todd Browning. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Jeanetta Velna Arrowood Browning; his daughter, Arthetta Jane Browning of Lavalette and his son and daughter-in-law, John Richard (Ric) and Beverly Jane Napier Browning of Wayne. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Michael Jackson Taylor and wife Jeanette, of Wayne; Sara Beth Queen and husband Jamison, of Cincinnati, OH; and Jessica Anne Hilton and husband Ben, of Utica, OH; and seven great-grandchildren, Abigail Grace Taylor; John William (Will) and Laura Lea Queen; and Annabeth Brady, Benjamin Rex, Thomas Browning, and Hazel Jo Hilton. A World War II veteran, he proudly served in the Navy on board the USS Crowley, which he was with during its construction, launch, service overseas and, finally, its decommission after the war. He returned from service in 1946 to marry his high school sweetheart, whose lock of hair he carried with him while overseas and continued to carry in his wallet for the remainder of his life, and to raise his family. He owned and operated several local businesses and served as a Wayne County magistrate for 17 years until his retirement. Up until his recent illness, he loved to spend his mornings out loafing around Wayne and puttering around in his garage amongst his vast and varied collection of parts, tools, and general miscellanea. He enjoyed drinking a Coke or two, eating treats he stashed in various places around all of his hangouts, watching races on tv, his weekly Jim’s dinners, and listening to some Pioneer football on the radio on Friday nights. Most of all, he unconditionally adored his wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and told everyone he came into contact with about his family, his greatest source of pride, even after he struggled to communicate due to the effects of multiple strokes. He was incredibly generous, he was unflatteringly kind, and he was one of a kind. To say that he will be missed is an understatement of vast proportions. The family would like to thank nurse Rosie White for her exceptionally kind and compassionate care. They would also like to extend their gratitude to hospice nurses Sandy Smith and Missy Brooks, as well as the entire hospice staff. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 12 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, with Danny Damron officiating, with interment following at Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 11 at the funeral home.
GLADYS MARIE RICHARDSON ADKINS, 91, of Wayne, W.Va., passed away Monday, January 11, 2016. She was born June 17, 1924 in East Lynn, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ardist and Fanny Fry Richardson. Her husband, Noah "N. P." Adkins, also preceded her in death along with her eldest son, Samuel Leon Adkins, and beloved in-laws, Pamela Ross Adkins, David Stephens, and Thomas Dickerson. Also preceding her in death were four siblings, Nellie Agnes Richardson, Algae Richardson, Ellis Richardson, and Spicie (Richardson). Gladys is survived by her 9 children, Sandra Booton and her husband Max, Alice Osburn and her husband Kenneth, James Adkins and his wife Elizabeth, Pauline Combs and husband Jerry, Virginia Casteel and her husband Jerry, Mollie Craig and her husband Paul, Peggy Yost and her husband Howard, John Adkins, and Angela Dickerson; daughter-in-law Bobbie Adkins; 29 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones; special niece Christine Heffner and her husband Bill of Jupiter, Fla., and Carlos Cyrus, and Kris Cyrus, whom she referred to as her own. Gladys was a homemaker, dedicating herself to raising her children, grandchildren, and caring for others. She was a spirit filled gospel singer, singing in the ministry for nearly 50 years of her life and traveling many miles in the service of God. Gladys has touched many lives with her singing and her dedication to serving God. One of her most memorable testimonies is that she dedicated her life to God while digging potatoes in her garden, a testimony that has been a blessing to all who knew her and proof that God will forgive and come into your heart at any place, under any circumstance, if you only ask. This one single testimony has blessed many. Gladys was a member of the Laurel Freewill Baptist Church. She was truly a faithful Servant and will be missed by all who knew her here on earth and welcomed with open arms by our Savior and many loved ones gone before her in Heaven. Heaven’s Choir is now so much sweeter. Proverbs: 31:28-31 "Her children arise up, and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excelleth them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates". Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Rev. Jesse Adkins officiating, assisted by Brother Luther Dingess, with singing by the Jarrell Family. Burial will follow in Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, W.Va. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
DOROTHY M. SULLIVAN (nee KILGORE), 89 of Novi, Michigan, formerly of Huntington, WV passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 in Michigan. She was the beloved wife to the late Jim Sullivan and loving mother of Mary Mekruit, Rod (Karen) Sullivan, the late Jane Laurenti, and dear grandmother of six and great grandmother of 12. Mrs. Sullivan was preceded in death by her parents; Frank and Edna Kilgore, two sisters, Reva Marcum, Louise Lyons and one brother Frank Kilgore,Jr. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14, at the Reger Funeral Home by Pastor Bob Hale; burial, will follow in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova. Friends may call from 1: 30 until service time on Thursday at Reger Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Mt. Union United Methodist Church, 3931 Mt. Union Road, Huntington, WV 25701. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.
REBECCA BREEDING, 89, of Huntington, passed away, Monday January 11, 2016 at Woodlands Retirement Community, Huntington. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday at the Reger Funeral Chapel by Pastor Jerry Matt. Burial will follow in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova. She was born December 14, 1926 in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of the late Walter and Hattie Adkins Maynard. She was a devoted mother and homemaker who enjoyed singing with her husband. She was a loving and devoted wife to her late husband of 62 years Orvel Breeding. In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by five sisters Bessie Clark, Virginia Lemaster, Shirley Staley, Letty Quate and Polly Mullins. Survivors include two sons and daughters in law David Lee and Betty Breeding and Timothy and Lesa Breeding; four grandchildren David C. Breeding, Deneen Miller, Scott Breeding and Jodie Breeding; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to former CEO Don Faherty, Dr. Cindy Pinson and the staff of Woodlands especially the health care staff who touched her heart with genuine love and care. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm Friday at the Reger Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.
BERTIE WORKMAN, 90, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016 at Southern Hills Nursing Home in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted 2:00 pm Friday, January 15, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Tony Clay. Burial followed at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, WV. She was born March 25, 1925 in Stiltner, WV, a daughter of the late Lark and Della Frasher McClellan. Bertie was a homemaker. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Erie Spence and Maxie Ramey and five brothers, Roy, Dock, Boyd, Ira, and Glen McClellan. Survivors include a son, Frank Workman, Jr. and wife, Melissa of St. Louis, MO; a brother, Dallas McClellan of Genoa, WV; two grandsons, Jeremy Workman, Justin Workman and wife, Amy; eight great- grandchildren; many much loved nieces and nephews, including Bennie Marcinowski, with whom she made her home. Friends called one hour prior to services at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV. Special loving thanks to Hank and Mary Matousek.
WOODROW BAISDEN, 93, of Breeden, WV passed away Monday morning, January 11, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV. He was born on January 5, 1923 in Marrowbone, WV to Eliza Baisden and Robert Sturgill. Woodrow is survived by his daughters Deloris (Andy) Perry of Columbus, OH; Linda (Barry) Hughes of Groveport, OH; Wanda (Charles) Pollinger of Ft. Gay, WV; Sheila Baisden of Gahanna, OH; and Teresa (Keith) Bare of Columbus, OH; sons Woodrow Baisden, Jr. and Odell (Deana) Baisden, both of Breeden, WV; and sons-in-law Albert Perry of Dunlow, WV and Kevin King of Galloway, OH. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; many great-great grandchildren; step-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Alma, his daughters Minerva Perry, Juanita Baisden, Rita King, and infant daughter Virginia; and granddaughter Rosella (Perry) Whitt. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Edith (Baisden) Chafins, Lee (Bus) Baisden, Ott Baisden, Robert Dillon, Ken Sturgill, and Georgie (Sturgill) Martinez. Friends called on Wednesday from 6:00- 9:00 p.m. at the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home in Warfield, KY and on Thursday from 4:00-11:00 p.m. at the Welcome Home Church in Jenny’s Creek, WV, where he was a member. The funeral was Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Welcome Home Church with Rev. Daniel Perry presiding. Burial was in the Woodrow and Alma Baisden Family Cemetery in Breeden, WV. Arrangements are under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home in Inez, Kentucky.
NELLIE CHARLINE LUCAS, 75 of Wayne, WV died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services were conducted 11:00 am Friday, January 15, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Michael Dillon. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery. She was born January 19, 1940 in Wayne, WV, a daughter of the late Lewis and Bessie Stapleton Lucas. A son, Charles Adkins, Jr. also preceded her death, along with a sister, Ruby Stevens and two brothers, Jeff and Johnny Lucas. Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Miller of Wayne, WV; a brother, William Lucas and wife, Mary of Huntington, WV; a grandson, Michael Dakota Watts; and two sisters-in-law, Hazel Lucas of Lawton, OK, Linda Lucas of Wayne, WV. Friends called one hour prior to services at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV.
JOHNNIE CHARLIE "J. C." SKEENS, 81 of Wayne, WV, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Wayne Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Michael Dillon. Burial will follow at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, WV. He was born July 27, 1934 in East Lynn, WV, a son of the late Dewey and Lydia Francis Hale Skeens. "J. C." retired from the U.S. Postal service and attended Harmony Freewill Baptist Church. His wife, Pauline Napier Skeens also preceded him in death, along with four sisters, Madeline Davis, Elsie Smith, Cathie Skeens, Dessie Cooper; two brothers, Fred and James Eddie Skeens; and a son-in-law, Randall Webb. Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Webb, Patsy Deeds and husband, Darren all of Wayne, WV; two sisters, Barbara Skeens and Peggy Skeens; a brother Leeoy Skeens and wife, Suzanne; four grandchildren, Traci Phillips and husband, Josh, Amy Roberts and husband Brent, Joseph Deeds and wife, Jessica, and Kaitlin Deeds; four great grandchildren, Anna, Halle and Lyla Phillips, and Randen Roberts; and many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm Saturday at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV. The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the outstanding care given.
LYDIA JANE IRICK LESLIE, 85, of Prichard, W.Va. passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at her residence. Funeral service will be conducted 2:00 P.M., Sunday January 17, 2016, at Buffalo Valley Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Mullens officiating. Interment will follow the service in Hillcrest Cemetery in Kenova. Lydia was born March 29, 1930, in Wyoming Co., W.Va. a daughter of the late John and Deliah Cross Irick. She was a retired cook from the Wayne County School System and the former owner and operator of Leslie’s General Store. Lydia was a member of the Buffalo Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #108 and White Shrine. Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Hugh "Bud" Franklin Leslie and twelve brothers and sisters. Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law Donald Leslie (Sue) and Kenny Leslie all of Prichard, WVa.; one daughter and son-in-law Helen "Joanie" Harper (Rob) of Huntington, WVa.; grandchildren Dr. Glenn Harper (Lisa), Dr. of Pharmacy Chris Harper (Sherri), Donna Wysong (Joshua), Jeremy Leslie (Brandi), Deana Maria Leslie (Scott Myers) and Matt Leslie (Nikki); great-grandchildren Drew, Hannah, Eian, and Erica Harper, Anna, Jacob, Zachary and Luke Wysong, Carliee and Hunter Leslie, Isabella Myers, Braylen and Bryce Leslie; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The family would like to offer special thanks to caregivers Juanita Welch, Barb Slone, Annie Marshall, Susie Bellamy, Peggy Akers, Donna Fuller and Lisa Hoka. They also wish to recognize two special nieces for their help with mom, Wilma Adkins and Thelma Goforth. Special friends Betty Ward, Sharon Bailey, Bob and Diane Lynch, Myrtle Hensley and Budand Oleta Thompson. Special thanks to Dr. Gary Cremeans and staff and Hospice of Huntington. Friends may call from 3:00-5:00 P.M Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
REV. JAMES C. "J. C." SKAGGS SR., 94, of Kenova, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at his home, his loving family at his side. He was born August 4, 1921 in Catlettsburg, Ky., a son of the late John Dewey and Marie Seagraves Skaggs. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Buell, John, and Henry, sisters Mildred Cottle and Wanda Copley. Surviving is his wife of 70 years Reba Lee Ayers Skaggs, his children Jimmy (Norene) of Kenova, Jerry (Birdie) of Nashville, Tenn., and Bill (Diana) Skaggs of Kenova. Grandchildren Kristen (Mike) Riley of Va., Jerry Allen (Melissa) of Tenn., Joey (Crystal) on Tenn., Whitney, William and Caitlin all of Kenova. Great-grandchildren Marissa, Christopher, Ava, Charlotte, Jayden and Jayce. He served our country proudly and honorably in the US Army in WWII (1940-1945), with the 82nd Airborne, with jumps in Sicily, Italy, and Normandy on D-Day. On Nov. 4, 1956 he was called to preach the gospel of Christ in the Freewill Baptist Denomination. Pastored Southside FWB Church in Catlettsburg, Ky., Mavity FWB Church in Catlettsburg, Catalpa FWB, Louisa, Ky. and New Buckley Rd. in Ashland, Ky. He served on the Board of Directors at Camp Caleb in Paintsville, Ky. From its beginning he worked many tireless hours building the camp and working during camping season. A Funeral service to honor Rev. Skaggs will be at 11 a.m. Saturday January 16, 2016 at Catlettsburg Freewill Baptist Church. Bros. Roger Branham, Willie May and Charlie Powers will officiate. Final resting place in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens with Military Honors by Post 93 of Kenova and the US Army. Visiting hours will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Catlettsburg Freewill Baptist Church, 3700 Valley Street, Catlettsburg, Ky. Grandchildren will serve as casket bearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Camp Caleb, 3512 Left Fork Laurel Road, P.O. Box 252, Flatgap, Ky. 41219, www.campcaleb.com. Condolences may be left for the Skaggs family at www.kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
CHARLES MILTON QUEEN, 71, of East Lynn, WV, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, WV, with Minister Emual Adkins officiating. Burial will follow. He was born May 27, 1944 in Cleveland, OH, a son of the late Charley and Mayme Crockett Queen. Charles was a retired painter for General Motors. A sister, Penny Asbury, and an infant sister, Dorothy Queen, also preceded him in death. Survivors include a son, Charles S. Queen (Jessica) of Hurricane, WV; five sisters, Loretta Osburn and Elleanor Adkins (Charley), all of East Lynn, WV, Maudie Kermans (George) and Gaynelle Self (James), all of Wayne, WV, and Patty Dyer (James) of Kiahsville, WV; a brother, William Queen (Donna) of Deerborne, MI; two grandchildren, Willow Queen and Kyleigh Queen. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at Morris Funeral Home. A procession will leave for the cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CHRISTINE SMITH PILCHER, of Huntington, WV, died peacefully on January 14, 2016, at the Emogene Dolin Hospice House. She was born on April 27, 1935, in Wayne County, WV, to the late Tom and Gladys Bartram Smith. She is survived by her husband, Morton "Morty" Pilcher and their four children, Susan Dess Godwin and her husband Don of Parker, CO; Clair Ann D’Angelo and her husband Robert of Clemmons, NC; Hiram Andrew Pilcher of Asheville, NC; and Mark Allen Pilcher and his wife Beth of Huntington, WV. She is also survived by her sisters Thomasine Smith Crossan and her husband Tom of Huntington; Brenda Smith McMillan and her husband John of Richmond, VA; and a brother William Smith and his wife Dot of Anchorage, AK. Additional survivors include her grandchildren, Adam Godwin, Vincent D’Angelo, Danielle D’Angelo, Nicole D’Angelo, 1st Lt. Hannah Pilcher Parrish, Summer Pilcher, Hattie Pilcher, one great-grandson, Jaxson Parrish, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Christine was a graduate of Buffalo High School and Wiseman Secretarial School. She was employed by the AAA of Huntington and H. E. Pilcher and Company where she was a licensed realtor. Christine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She and her husband enjoyed traveling all over the world together. During their travels, she never met a stranger and touched the lives of people everywhere. Christine was always helpful to everyone. She helped her husband build H. E Pilcher and Company, a successful family business. She helped care for her extended family, children, friends, and neighbors whenever they were in need. She will be lovingly remembered by everyone who ever knew her. A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 17 at from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Reger Mortuary in Huntington, West Virginia. Per Christine’s wishes, a private family celebration of her life and committal service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Christine’s memory can be made to the Morton and Christine Pilcher Fund at the Huntington YMCA, c/o George Smailes, 935 10th Avenue Huntington, WV 25701.
SUE PERRY, 74, of Chesapeake, Ohio, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Teays Center at Teays Valley, WV. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV, with Pastor Michael Dillon officiating. Burial will follow in a private cemetery in Wayne. She was born October 31, 1941, at Wayne, WV, a daughter of the late Sidney and Hattie Kitts. Sue is survived by two daughters, Francis Crockett Stump (Richard) and Sandra Cabell, all of Hurricane, WV; a son, James Allen Crockett of Chesapeake, OH; three sisters, Ann Spurlock and Kathryn Parsons (Freddy), all of Wayne, WV, and Mary Thompson of Catlettsburg, KY; three brothers, Elwood Kitts (Alma) of Cleveland, OH, C.B. Kitts (Pattie) of Jamestown, KY, and Jackie Kitts (Marla) of Rockford, IL; four grandchildren, Justin Deeds, Amy Workman, Andi Stump and Sydney Stump; and five great-grandchildren, Adara, Emma, Morgan, Macey and Breanna Deeds. Friends may call one hour prior to services Tuesday at Morris Funeral Home.
Loving husband, father, and grandfather,CHARLES WILLARD EKERS, Sr., 77, of Prichard, W.Va. went to be with the Lord peacefully on Thursday, January 14, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born June 13, 1938 in Kenova, W.Va. a son of the late Chester and Ella Ekers. Also preceding him in death were five brothers, Willie Joe, William Chester, Willis Vinson, Wandell Kenneth, and John Wesley; one sister, Irene; one grandson, Stanley Wayne Ekers, II; and one son-in-law, Timothy Dean Stewart. Charles proudly served in the United States Army and was retired from Operating Engineers Union Local 132 of Charleston. He was also a member of Buena Vista Lodge #60 A.F. & A.M., White’s Creek. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Jude Ekers; three daughters, Rhonda Robertson (Chuck) of Ft. Gay, W.Va., Wilma Stewart (Kenny Ward) of Inez, Ky., and Lisa Ekers of Prichard; two sons, Charles Ekers, Jr. (Amy) of Lavalette, W.Va., and Stanley Wayne Ekers (Angie) of Prichard; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren whom he deeply loved. Also surviving is two sisters, Wilma Underwood of Louisville, Ky., and Wanda Dickey of Indiana; two brothers, Sherrill Ekers of Atlanta, Ga., and Walters Ekers (Joyce) of Wayne; sisters-in-law, June and Bonnie Ekers; and nieces, nephews, friends, and family too numerous to mention. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Ekers Family Cemetery, Prichard, with Pastor Dewey Bias officiating. Johnson Tiller Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ekers family.
ELIZA MAE ADKINS, 93, of Lavalette, W.Va., passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016 at her home. She was born October 4, 1922 in Wayne County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Pendleton and Elizabeth Stephens Adkins. Also preceding her in death were her brothers and sisters, Lee, Verdie, Leona, Goldie, and Artie; and several special family members including Bonnie Curnutte. She leaves behind several dear nieces and nephews; her wonderful neighbors; and her beloved church family at the Church of Christ, Wayne. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Brother Ronnie Ross officiating. Burial will follow in the Stephens Cemetery, Wayne. Friends may call after 12 noon on Sunday at the funeral home.
NELLIE IRENE MAYNARD, 84, of Proctorville, Ohio, went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at The Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington, WV. She was born October 10, 1931 in Wayne County, WV daughter of the late Rufus and Annie Bowling. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Lacy Maynard; one daughter Patricia Bankhead; and grandson Richard Bankhead. She is survived by step daughter Linda (Larry) Crum; two daughters Carolyn (Ronnie) Napier and Donna (Roy) Lurvey; three sons Lacy W. Maynard, Jr, Jack (Missy) Maynard and Shawn (Jennifer) Maynard; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; one brother Rufus C. Bowling, Jr.; and one sister Margaret Fraily. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 at Windsor Independent Church followed by a dinner. Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/hall.
BETTY LOUISE PERDUE, 91 of South Point, OH, formerly of Ceredo, WV passed away at Heartland of Riverview on January 16, 2016. She was born on May 17, 1924 in Catlettsburg, KY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Perdue and 3 children, Jack Ritchie Perdue, Harold Ray Perdue and Sheila Marlene Cole and siblings. Betty was a clerk at the Town of Ceredo City Hall for former Mayor Mose Napier. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her children, Gloria Pierce (William) and Claude H. Perdue (Diania) of Ceredo, WV; her 10 grandchildren: Chad, Stan, Christie, Laura, Ritchie, Kevin, Chris, Carmen, Heather and Missy; many great-grandchildren and one sister, Dottie Wooten (Jack) of Catlettsburg, KY. A private graveside service for Betty will be conducted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Ceredo, WV with Minister John Holland officiating. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to First Baptist Church of Ceredo, 448 Main Street, P.O. Box 967, Ceredo, WV 25507. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ceredo-kenovafuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE ANN HENSLEY, 78, of Kenova, widow of Norman Hensley, passed away Saturday January 16, 2016 at Wayne Nursing and Rehab, Wayne, WV. Funeral services were conducted at 12:30 pm Tuesday at the Reger Funeral Chapel by Pastor Jeff Lycans. Burial followed in Hensley Family Cemetery, Huntington, WV. She was born October 23, 1937 in Wayne County, WV, a daughter of the late Henry and Alice Jane Brinkley Brown. She was a retired Nurse’s Aide with the former Foster Memorial Home. Survivors include two sons Norman E. Hensley of New Richmond, Ohio and Benjamin Allen Hensley of Florence, Kentucky; two daughters Tammy Lynn Hensley of Lavalette, WV and Vickie Lee Hensley of Kenova, WV; five grandchildren Amanda Ross, Danny Ray Napier, Tyler Allen Hensley, Katelyn Nicole Hensley and Drake Edwin Hensley and three great grandchildren Ashley, Cole and Abigail Ross. Friends called from 11:30 am until service time on Tuesday at the Reger Funeral Home.
GRANT M. HALE, 85, of Wayne, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Wayne Nursing and Rehab, Wayne, WV. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, with Pastor Jeff Lycans officiating. Burial will follow at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, WV with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #93. Grant was born on June 18, 1930 at Stiltner, WV, to the late Floyd and Stella Maynard Hale. He worked as a welder most of his life and was a member of Lick Creek United Baptist Church and member of Wayne Lodge #18 AF&AM. Grant was also an Army Veteran of the Korean war. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son Michael Grant Hale, great grandson Kenyen Miller and sisters Delma Lane, Elma Phelps, Edith Brock and Welthy Jane Heitz. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Sarah Elizabeth Fry Hale, two daughters Denesa "Dee" Elaine Clark and husband James of Wayne, WV, Lisa "Missy" Marchelle Jarrell and husband Donald of Ceredo, WV, son Mark Jeffrey "Jeff" Hale and wife Felisha of East Lynn, WV and three sisters Loreda Washington of Tennessee, Leota Wolford and Janice Pelfry both of Huntington, WV. Grant is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The family would like to send special thanks to the staff at Wayne Nursing and Rehab for their excellent care of Grant in his time of need. Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
DONALD LOWE, 83, of Dingess, husband of Inas Lowe, died Jan. 17, 2016 at home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Freeman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Workman-Lowe Cemetery, Harts. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Lord took another angel,SALLY ANN PLEMMONS, 53, of East Lynn, W.Va., into His heavenly kingdom on Sunday, January 17, 2016. She was born February 9, 1962 in Ooltewah, Tenn., a daughter of the late Vance and Annie Passmore. Her husband Gary Plemmons also preceded her in death along with one son, Alexander Hooper. Sally was a homemaker and a jack of all trades. She leaves behind on son, David Hooper and his wife Ashley of East Lynn; two grandsons Jacob Hooper and Dominic Hooper; as well as Willard Cyphers whom she thought of as her own. Private services will be held for family. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Tiller Funeral Home.
IVAL GENE MORRISON, 79, of Charlotte, N.C., went home to be with his Lord on January 18, 2016. Upon his death Gene joined his late parents Pearlie and Eskie Morrison; Sisters Eileen Hatten and Donna (Lindsay) Frazier; Brother Harry Morrison; and a special nephew, Ryan McCall. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Gene is survived by his wife of 57 years Maxine; son Craig (Annette) Morrison; and daughter Kim Justice; grandchildren Brad Morrison, Cameron Justice and Mattie Morrison; Sister Doris (Frank) Napier; brothers Verlin (Alice) Morrison and Ed (Sherry) Morrison; sister-in-law Dorcas Morrison; and many nieces and nephews. Gene was born September 21, 1936 in Stiltner W.Va. He graduated from Wayne High School and was a member of Prince of Peace Free Will Baptist Church where he served as Trustee for over 20 years. He was a proud US Army Veteran. He was loved by everyone he met, always putting others before himself. He was dedicated to caring for his wife, his family and his friends. Gene loved Bluegrass music and met many great friends in the Hemby Bridge community. A service to celebrate Gene's life will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016 in McEwen's Funeral Home Chapel, 7428 Matthews Mint Hill Rd, Mint Hill, N.C. 28227, with Pastor Willie May officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Mint Hill, N.C. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to your favorite charity or foundation. Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.
WETZEL TERRY WILLIAMSON, 63, of Genoa, WV, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, with Elder Daniel Adkins officiating. Burial followed at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, WV. He was born on January 28, 1952, at Harts, WV, the son of Pearl Ann Combs Williamson of Genoa, WV, and the late Sanford Williamson. Wetzel was an Army veteran, worked as a dispatcher for Norfolk & Southern railroad and was a member of East Lynn Church of Christ. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his brother David Williamson and two sisters Shirley and Hettie Mae Williamson. Survivors include his daughters Terrina Blankenship of Genoa, WV and Crystal Mills of Wayne, WV, sons Ryan David and Bob Edward Williamson both of Selma, Virginia, three sisters, Nita Jean Baisden (Billy), Rose Ann Lucas (Charley, Jr.) and Jackie Sue Lucas (Terry), brothers Romey (Jaqueline), Daniel (Linda) and Sanford Jr. (Regina) Williamson all of Genoa, WV; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Jean Adkins; and eight grandchildren Dwight Blankenship II, Katie, Tristan, Shane Blankenship, Ethan Meade, Emily Mills, Joshua Mills and Kinsley Williamson; a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. friends called from 10:00 a.m. until service time on friday at the funeral home.
EVERETT HOWARD STEPHENS, 82, of Wayne, WV, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jake Steele officiating. Burial will follow at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne. He was born on March 10, 1933 in East Lynn, WV, to the late James H. Stephens and Georgia Parsons Stephens McSweeney. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by grandson James Timothy Blankenship, three brothers, Norman, Carl and James Stephens, II, three sisters, Dorothy Stephens, Kathleen Hale and Virginia Mitchell. Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, who was his angel, Freda Mae Bradshaw Stephens, two daughters Valerie Ann Stephens Blankenship (Dwayne) of Wayne, WV, and Sandra Aumend of Norwalk, Ohio, two sons, Greg Schoonard (Jan) of Coarsegold, CA and James Greaves of Norwalk, Ohio, brother Gene Stephens (Evelyn) of Crofton, KY. Howard is also survived by his special friend, Ira B. Adkins, and grandson Jeremy Alan Blankenship, who was his caregiver but most of all his very best friend. He was known as "Uncle Peanut" EMS team. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Wayne County, P.O. Box 660, Wayne, WV 25570. friends may visit one hour prior to service time on Monday.
ADA MAE WEBB KIRK, 67, of Prichard, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Kenova with Pastor David Roach officiating. Ada was born January 8, 1949, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late Lewis and Pearl Ina Elliot Webb. She was a retired custodian from the Whitfield County School System. Ada was a member of the Ceredo Church of Christ. Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by two brothers. Survivors include her beloved husband Lloyd Lee Kirk; one son David Lee Kirk of Prichard; one daughter Deborah Lynn Kirk of West Hamlin; four brothers, one sister, several nieces, nephews and a host of family. There will be no visitation or procession to the cemetery. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
JERRY BLEVINS NAPIER, 82, of Wayne, WV, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV with Pastor Fred Ferguson officiating. Burial followed at Wayne Cemetery, Wayne, WV. She was born on June 14, 1933, at Lavalette, WV, to the late Leo Blevins and Cuzzie Hampton Blevins. Jerry previously worked as a clerk for Queens Hardware and was a member of Wayne Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by infant son Baby Napier, sister Roberta Miller and Aunt Bertie Hampton. Survivors include her loving husband, Okey franklin Napier, sons Duane Napier (Bill Howe) of Huntington, WV, Kevin Napier and wife Tina of Wayne, WV and daughter Lorna Reed and husband Jon of Wayne, WV. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Haley Steele (Jonathan) and Forrest Reed, Breann and Brandi Napier, two great grandchildren, Bentley Wayne Napier and Georgia Addison Sowder. Visitation was held from 2 until 3 p.m. Thursday at Morris funeral Home Chapel, Wayne .
JACQUELINE MILLS CARPER, 69, of Hartville, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 8:07 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Altercare of Alliance. She was born March 19, 1946 in Kenova, West Virginia, to MJ and Evelyn Mills. Jacquie attended Marshall University and was a longtime employee at Eaton Place in Hartville. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alliance. She loved gardening, sewing, cooking and reading. Survivors include her husband, David R. Carper of Hartville whom she married July 1, 1966; children, Rev. David J. (Jodie) Carper of Wilmore, Kentucky, Leigh (Terry) Gang of Green, Ohio, and Dr. Matthew (Rachel) Carper of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister, Jane (Ray) Smith of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and grandchildren, Kayleigh Carper, Hannah Carper, Tyler Gang, Olivia Gang, Maisie Carper and Theodore Carper. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, January 30, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Alliance co-officiated by Rev. Gordon Thomas and Rev. Steven Rhodes. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. Family would like to extend a special thank you to Alliance Hospice and Altercare of Alliance for their wonderful care of Jacquie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association 408 9th St. SW Canton, Ohio 44707 or to Alliance Hospice 2461 W. State St. Ste E. Alliance, Ohio 44601. Arrangements are by Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, Ohio 44601. Friends may register online at www.ctcfuneral.com.
SANDRA LEIGH FERRELL, 53 of Kenova, W.Va., passed away on January 23, 2016. She was born on March 8, 1962 in Huntington, a daughter of John Edward Holbrook and Mary Helen Smith. She was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Matthew Holbrook. She leaves behind to mourn her loss, her parents; her sister, Shauna Renee Baird of Fredericksburg, Va.; her granddaughter, Jocelyn Paige Holbrook; and her fiancée, Richard Terrell Holland of Prichard, W.Va. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Memorial Service for Sandy will be conducted on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Minister Alan Smith officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ceredo-kenovafuneralhome.com.
HOWARD PLYMALE, of Huntington, died Jan. 23, 2016. Arrangements are incomplete at Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home and Cremation Services. www.ceredo-kenovafuneralhome.com.
LARRY DAVID ADKINS, JR., born February 10, 1973 in Huntington, W.Va., passed away January 23, 2016. He is the son of Larry Adkins and Pauline Watts Tinkham; father to Devin Williams and was the grandson of Billy Adkins (deceased). Larry lived in Westmoreland his entire life, and went to Vinson High. He graduated nursing school and worked at Kings Daughters, the VA, Red Cross and the Woodlands Retirement Community. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and camping in Harts Creek. He also enjoyed working on cars, especially his 1990 Camaro. He will be missed dearly by family and friends. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 29 at the Reger Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at noon Saturday at the Reger Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, Logan, WV. online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.
MARY JACQUELINE "JACKIE" DICKERSON REYNOLDS, born and raised in Wayne, WV, passed away at her home in Catlettsburg, KY on Monday January 25, 2016. She was 91 years of age and daughter of the late Lonnie and Gertrude Keck Dickerson. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Carolyn Faye Rowe and grandson Larry David Graham. Mrs. Reynolds was a graduate of Wayne County High School and retired after 30 years as bookkeeper for Reynolds Ashland Station. She was a Kentucky Colonel and enjoyed reading and sewing. Jackie is survived by her adoring husband of 50 years Jim Reynolds, a sister Dorothy Jane Bunn of South Point, OH and a brother Jim Dickerson of Wayne, WV. Two grandchildren, Kim Bass (Andy) of Harrodsburg, KY, Jeff Ward (Dawn) of Florence, CO, five great grandchildren, Ashley Griswold, Tyler Ward, Sydney Ward, Larry Graham and Victoria Graham. Funeral service will be at 1:00pm Thursday January 28, 2016 at the Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home, Panola Street, Catlettsburg. Pastor Willard Nolan will officiate. Final resting place in Community Gardens (Dickerson) Cemetery, Wayne, WV. Visiting hours are 11:00 am until Service time Thursday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to: Am. Legion Post 93, 302 8th Street, Kenova, WV 25530 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave, Ashland, KY 41101. Condolences may be left for the family at: kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
VIOLA FERNE FERGUSON WATTS, 86, of Kenova, W.Va. passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 at Heartland of Riverview Nursing Home. Funeral service were conducted 2:00 P.M., Thursday January 28, 2016, at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova with Pastor Scott Byard officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Viola was born July 16, 1929, in Wayne Co., WVa. a daughter of the late Gallie and Estie Dorsey Ferguson. She was a retired cook from the Wayne County School System and a member of the Tri- State Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband Pastor Louis Raymond Watts, one son Brian Jeffrey Watts, seven brothers and one sister. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law Greg Watts (Debbie) of Proctorville, Ohio; four grandchildren Jennifer Collins (Mike) of Proctorville, Ohio, Rachel Evans of Coal Grove, Ohio, Brian Louis Watts (Amanda) of Wayne, WVa., Kristen Collins (Travis) of Lesage, WVa.; eight great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law Bill Ferguson (Shirley) of Kenova, WVa.; several nieces, nephews and a host of family. Visitation was Thursday, January 28, 2016 from noon to 2 P.M. at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.
LUCIAN E. MCCLELLAN, 85, widower of Jane P. McClellan, died Jan. 25, 2016 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was a retired truck driver. Funeral services were private. Reger Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
TIMOTHY DEBOARD, 46, of Kenova, formerly of Ashland, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at home. Brown Funeral Chapel, Ironton, is in charge of arrangements.
LUCY DICK, 90, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Heritage Center. She was the widow of Thurman Lee Dick. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Reger Funeral Chapel by Pastor Jacque Parlato. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. She was a retired employee of Owens Illinois, a member of the democratic Women's Club and member of the Gogetter's Club at Owens Illinois. Lucy was born on January 20,1926, in Huntington, W.Va., the daughter of the late Asa and Myrtle Rose King. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son: Roger Lee Dick, brother William "Bill" King, and sisters: Juanita Cantrell and Betty Lee. She is survived by her sons; Ronald and Donald Dick, grandchildren: David, Josh, John Mark, Emily and John Robert, three great grandchildren and two sisters: Emogene Johnson and Patsy Riehm. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the Reger Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com
WALTER COLLIE, 57, of Fort Gay, WV passed away Friday January 29, 2016 at his home following a long illness. Walter was born Dec. 5, 1958 in Louisa, KY, the son of the late Junior and Ruth Bowens Collie. Survivors include a son Walter "Joey" Collie of Genoa, WV, three sisters Linda (Danny) Crum of Stepptown, WV, Judy (Charles) Sammons and Jessie (Eugene) Justice all of Crum, WV, two brothers Larry (Hazel) Collie and Gary (Kimberly) Justice all of Fort Gay, WV. Funeral services were held on Monday Feb. 1st at 11:00 am at the Webb Community Church Webb, WV. Burial followed in the Joe Sammons Cemetery at Webb, WV. Friends called from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday at Wilson Funeral Home. Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.
LEO MILLS, 96, of Wayne, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Ministers Ronnie Ross and Jess Spaulding. Burial will follow at Asbury Cemetery, East Lynn, W.Va. He was born January 20, 1920 in East Lynn, W.Va., a son of the late Moss and Martha Smith Mills. Leo was a retired truck driver for Anderson Black Rock and was a member of the Teamsters Local #175 in Charleston, W.Va.. He was also a member of the Wayne Church of Christ. Many may not have known him by name, but everyone knew him by his friendly wave as he sat in his porch swing waving at everyone who passed his home on Wilson's Creek. His wife, Odessa Mills also preceded him in death, along with a daughter, Wilma Jean Smith and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Leota Queen and husband, Don of Wayne, W.Va., Carol Chaffin and husband, Bill of Huntington, W.Va.; six sons, Ray Mills and wife, Carol, Herman Mills and wife, Judy, Carl Lee Mills and wife, Sandy, Tim Mills and wife, Thressa, Steven Randall Mills and wife, Rene all of Wayne, W.Va., and Mark Daniel Mills of Huntington, W.Va.; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren and expecting two additional great-grandchildren very soon. He loved to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren come visit and would always say "Papaw loves them babies!" Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, W.Va. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family would like to thank the Doctors and Staff at Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their outstanding care.
PATRICIA ANN MYERS, 74, of South Point, Ohio passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV. She was born June 14, 1941 in Fort Gay, W.V. a daughter of the late Otis Franklin and Elmira Vanhoose Webb. Patricia was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Timothy Ferguson and Rodney Keith Ferguson; and one brother, Bennie Webb. Patricia leaves behind, her loving husband, William M. Myers of South Point, Ohio; daughter, Robin Michelle Scott of Columbus, Ohio; son, Richard Lee Ferguson of Heilbronne, Germany; brother, Joe Douglas Webb of Kenova, WV; sister, Sandra Faye Napier of Prichard, WV; 11 Grandchildren; 2 Great Grandchildren; 1 nephew and 2 nieces. Funeral services for Patricia were conducted 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Young Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Kenova, WV. Visitation was noon until time of services on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Young Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.youngfuneralhomeinc.com
JAMES GARLAND LYCANS, 86, of Lavalette, W.Va., passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 31, 2016. He was born October 29, 1929 in Westmoreland, W.Va., son of the late Jesse and Marjorie Ferguson Lycans. His infant brother, Bobby also preceded him in death. A United States Army veteran, Garland retired from Owens Illinois Glass Manufacturing with 30 years of service and attended Wayne Baptist Church. He was avid fisherman and enjoyed his winters in Florida catching mullet, and cherished his annual family camping trips to Cranberry River, West Virginia. He leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Agnes Maynard Lycans; three daughters, Terri Lynn Copley (Ron) of Carrabelle, Fla., Shelley Ruth Maynard of Lavalette, and Jetta Maureen Baumgardner of York, S.C.; six sons, James Garland Lycans Jr. Connie) of Carthage, N.C., Richard Anthony Lycans of Proctorville, Oh., Roger Franklin Lycans of Huntington, W.Va., Dana Herald Lycans (Lisa) of Lexington, N.C., Billy Michael Lycans (Annette) Milton, W.Va., and Robert Matthew Lycans also of Lavalette; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Jesse Harold Lycans (Pat) of Arizona, and Michael Eugene Lycans (Connie) of Kingsport, Tenn.; two sisters Catherine Ann Hughes of Toledo, Oh., and Linda Lou Miller (Larry) of Alabama; special friends David and Margaret Yount, and Lola Morris, all of Florida; and a host of family and friends too numerous to mention. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 2016 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Ferguson officiating, and military honors performed by the American Legion Post 93, Kenova. Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Friday. In addition to floral tributes, donations may be made to Hospice of Huntington.
KENNA MEDLEY "KENNY" TOPPING, 75 of Huntington, passed away on January 31, 2016 at Huntington Health and Rehab. He was born December 9, 1940 in Logan, W.Va. a son of the late Fred and Florence Duty Topping. He grew up in Ranger, W.Va. where he attended Midkiff Elementary and graduated from Guyan Valley High School in 1959. He is a veteran of the United States Army. Kenny spent most of his life working in the container board manufacturing industry and retired from Weyerhouser's Container Board Division. He was also preceded in death by a son Frederick Direl Topping; brothers, Fred "John" Topping, Bill Topping and Roland Topping. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Helen and Rodney Baker of West Hamlin and Jennifer and Steve Smith of Georgia; brother Jeffrey Allen Topping and Lori Baker of Huntington; daughters, Kennita Ritton and family of West Hamlin and Kimberly Topping Frasure; grandsons Tyler and Ryan Frasure of Chesapeake, Ohio; former wife and good friend, Lorareda "Gay" Price of Proctorville, Ohio; and a host of family and friends. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday February 4, 2016 at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, W.Va. with Joey Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at Sanders Cemetery, Ranger, W.Va. with Military Graveside Rites by American Legion Post 111 of Hamlin, W.Va. Visitation will be one hour prior to service on Thursday. Friends may express their condolences at www.handleyfh.com.