OBITS - Sept. 2018

TAMARA SUE RICHARDSON, 53, of Wayne, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Osburn officiating. Burial will follow at the Adkins Cemetery, Little Lynn, Wayne. She was born on February 4, 1965, a daughter of the late Julis "Jube" Adkins and Doris Elizabeth "Libby" Asbury Adkins. Tamara attended Wayne Community Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Teresa Ann Adkins. Survivors include her loving husband, Stuart Richardson; one daughter, Jodi Childers (Josh) of Huntington, W.Va.; brother, Julis Randall Adkins of East Lynn, W.Va.; one niece, Kelsea Adkins; four nephews, Zachary, Justin, Christopher and Jayson Adkins; special aunt, Lynn Dale Asbury; three cousins, Angela Fry, Amy Adkins and Wilmer Asbury; three special friends, Donnetta and Britney Spence and Dorothy Adkins; and her five dogs and three cats. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter, 1901 James River Road, Huntington, WV 25701, or a donation box will be available at the viewing and funeral service.

GARNETT MAYNARD, 81, of Huntington, WV, went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 01, 2018 at St. Maryís Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted 12:00 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne, WV. She was born February 15, 1937 in Stiltner, WV, a daughter of the late Garfield and Myrtle Billups Perry. Garnet was a formerly employed by Purity Bakery, The John C. Virdin Company in Cleveland, OH and Richwood Industries and was a member of Philadelphia United Baptist Church. Her husband, T.P. Maynard also preceded her in death, along with a sister, Ethel Collins; five brothers, Delbert Napier, Glenn Perry, Bernard Perry, Leo Perry and Kenneth Perry. Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Bleyle and husband, Edward, Pam Maynard, all of Huntington, WV; two sisters Bonnie Plybon of Huntington, WV, Rosa Watts of Chesapeake, OH; three brothers, Eugene Napier, Alpha Perry and Billy Perry, all of Wayne, WV; four grandchildren, Jason Blankenship, Ryan Bleyle, Alysa Bleyle, Lory Parsons; a great grandchild, Bri Bleyle; and a special friend, Charles O. Adkins. Friends may call from 11:00 am Wednesday until service time at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV.

JEFFREY "SHAWN" HUNDLEY, 44, of Prichard, WV, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne with Pastor Michael Dillon officiating. Burial will follow at the Hundley Haven Cemetery, Prichard. Shawn was born on November 13, 1973, a son of Audrey Jewel Gilliam Hundley. He was a graduate of C.K. High School. In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by a sister, Debbie Stamper; two nephews, Dylan and Garrett Hundley; grandmother, Bessie Gilliam; and several aunts, uncles and cousins, all whom he dearly loved. Survivors include four sisters, Glenna and Gary Jackson of Genoa, WV, Gail Hundley and Brenda Hundley, both of Prichard, WV, and Bonnie and Merle Holderby of Proctorville, Ohio; three brothers, Gary and Leatha Hundley of Lavalette, WV, Terry Hundley and Ava McCarty of Prichard, WV, and Hubert and Bev Hundley of Barboursville, WV; special nieces and nephews, Dalton and Aubrey Hundley, Whitley, Avery and Ayden Hundley, Justin, Bri, Grant and Finn Hundley along with a host of additional nieces and nephews, all whom he loved dearly. Shawn was a caring and compassionate soul that loved everyone he came in contact with and he never met a stranger. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV.

JOYCE WEST, 75, of Fort Gay, WV went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Jordan Center. Joyce was born November 15, 1942 to Taylor and Virginia (Christian) Lycan. She was preceded in death by her brother Dale Lycan. Survivors include her children Bobby (Bridget) James and Crystal West; grandchildren Heather (Steven) Wilburn, Shane (Paige) James, and Tori (Greg) Powers; great grandchildren Peyton Wilburn, Emalie Wilburn, Lakyn Wilburn, Colton Wilburn, Kaylee Wilburn, Rylee James, Ava James, Brantley Powers, and Avery Powers; brother Everett Lycan, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Lycan Cemetery in Fort Gay, WV. Friends may visit the family Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home.

JOSEPH LEE STULTZ, 78, of Lavalette, West Virginia, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018, in the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. He was born August 25, 1940, in Logan, W.Va., a son of the late Willard Kenneth and Victoria Louise Stultz. He was a retired superintendent of window services for the U.S. Postal Service in Huntington. Joe served as Sergeant E5 with the U.S. Army and continued to serve in the Army Reserve for seven years. While stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, his division was mobilized for deployment during the Cuban missile crises. He was also a 33rd Degree member of Wayne Masonic Lodge # 18, AF&AM and the Scottish Rites. He was a member and chairman of the board of directors of First Priority Federal Credit Union in Huntington. He attended Marshall University to take photography classes and computer sciences. He had a lifelong love of photography and was the original developer of Stultz Photography. This is a passion he has now passed on to his daughter, Debbie. A brother, Kenneth Stultz, and infant brother, David Stultz, also preceded him in death. Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia Stultz; two daughters, Debra J. Stultz, M.D., of Huntington, W.Va., and Tammy L. Stultz of Lavalette, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Sarah Jo Stultz and Noah Anthony Stultz; his sister-in-law, Joan Stultz, and nephews, Kenny Stultz and Scott Stultz (Sherry), all of Lavalette, W.Va.; a special uncle, Charles Bolt of East Lynn, W.Va.; and dear friends, James Vickers of Wayne, W.Va., Sherry Hamilton of Huntington, W.Va., and John Hammack, D.O. (Anne) of Proctorville, Ohio. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Elmwood Cemetery, Wayne, W.Va., by the Wayne Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 93 of Kenova, W.Va. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 7 p.m., at which time there will be a "Celebration of Life" service in his memory.

SHASTA WEST, 41, of Fort Gay, WV passed away Tuesday September 4, 2018 at Three Rivers Medical Center following a brief illness. Shasta was born August 7, 1977 in Toledo, Ohio the daughter of Sherry Vanderpool. She was disabled most of her life. In addition to her parents she is survived by a son Brandon West of Fort Gay, WV. A memorial service will be held in her memory at a later date to be announced by the family. Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.

EDDIE McKINLEY DEAN, 54, of Huntington, WV passed away on September 4, 2018 at his residence. Funeral Services will be conducted 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV. He was born on February 3, 1964 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late Ruben Basil Dean and Nellie Jane Craft Dean. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by the mother of his daughter, Kimberly Dean. Survivors include one daughter, Jessica Lee Smithson (Michael Eure) of Huntington, WV; two very special grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Gavin and McKinzie; one sister, Sue Browning of Wayne, WV; and six brothers, David Dean (Wanda) of Ft. Gay, WV, Paul Dean of Huntington, WV, Ruben Dean Jr. of Parkersburg, WV, Lawson Willis (Janet) of Florida, Robert Willis (Limousine) of Prestonburg, KY, and Reed Willis of Warsaw, Indiana; Nieces and Nephews, Belinda Rowe, Matthew Dean, Christopher Smith, Alicia Hammond, Brittany Chaney, Jonathan Chaney, and Joshua Chaney. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

EDNA FRANCES THACKER, 100, of South Point, Ohio, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in Heartland of Riverview. She was born September 21, 1917, in Kenova, W.Va., a daughter of the late Edward and Lucy Heinz Smith McMullen. She was a longtime member of Union Missionary Baptist Church. We rejoice because she is with Jesus and reunited with loved ones gone before. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Chauncey Thacker; a son, David Thacker; a brother, Don McMullen; and three sisters, Carol Thacker, Mary Catherine Gardner and Helen Childers; and a granddaughter, Melissa Thacker. Edna is survived by her sons, Billy M. (Betty) Thacker of Proctorville, Ohio, Joseph M. (Phyllis) Thacker of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Mark A. Thacker of Martin, S.D.; eight grandchildren, Kelly (Jerry) Furbee, Billie Jo Thacker, Nikki (Aurel) Borodi, Joey (Jamie) Thacker, Jonathan Thacker, Timothy (Kiera) Thacker, David (Dana) Thacker and Benjamin (Jesse) Thacker; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Chesapeake, with Pastor Mark Thacker and Pastor Randy See officiating. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, Ohio, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.

JENNINGS LEE BLANKENSHIP, 75, of Wayne, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at his home. He was born February 6, 1943 at Wayne, a son of the late Lee and Leta Mills Blankenship. His wife Ilene Blankenship also preceded him in death, along with one sister, Iva Leta Ellison, and one grandson James Timothy Blankenship. Yogi graduated Wayne High School in 1962 and was a trustee and member of Booton Millers Fork United Baptist Church. He was a retired welder from AC & F Industries, Huntington, and a life long farmer. An avid collector of antique engines, he was also a member of the West Virginia Steam and Gas Engine Association. He leaves behind two sons, Dallas Dwayne (Valerie) Blankenship of Wayne, and Charles Donald Blankenship (Janice Parsons); and four grandchildren, Jeremy Alan Blankenship (Amber Jones) of Huntington, W.Va., Meletha Joan Blankenship, Laressa Jean Blankenship, and Charles Jackson Lee, all of Wayne. Also surviving are brothers and sister, Lloyd Allen (Diane) Blankenship of Waycross, Ga., Kenneth Ashley (Joyce) Blankenship of Wayne, Thelma Gertrude "Trudy" (Wayne) Kelly also of Wayne, Lionel Blankenship of Huntington, and Carl Richard Blankenship of Ceredo; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and special friends Elder Brother Jimmy Lester and family of Huntington, and Jim and Pat Porter of Dalton, Oh. The family would like to thank the Fresenius Dialysis Center, Wayne Wal-Mart Pharmacy employees, and Dr. Greg Carico and staff at HIMG. Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Booton Millers Fork United Baptist Church with Elder Brother A.J. Perry officiating. Burial will follow at the Price Mills Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. Donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Yogi's memory are suggested. Johnson Tiller Funeral Home is honored to serve the Blankenship family.

GLEN FREEMAN TOPPINS "High Pockets," 82, of Huntington, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Stewart Farley on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Reger Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Spring Valley Memory Gardens. Glen was born on April 1, 1936, in Wayne County, W.Va., to the late Tracy and Hessie Maynard Toppins. Glen was a retired steel worker for Steel of West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Prince Toppins; four children, Glenn and Lisa Toppins, Gary and Beth Toppins, Greg and Lisa Toppins, and Beth and Eric Hutchinson; grandchildren, Chase, Garrett, Hope, Hannah, Zac Toppins, Emily, Ben, Sarah, Ella Hutchinson, Jordan and Cody Houchin, and Logan and Josh Canterbury; siblings, Leaetta Collins, Dorothy Bentley, Darline Wilson, Tracy and Loretta Toppins; and a host of friends. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the Reger Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

COSETTA M. ABSHER, born on March 4, 1939, went to be with her Lord on September 6, 2018 at the age of 79. She was born in Kenova, West Virginia, to the late Eula Carico and the late Harvey Carico. She graduated from Huntington High School in 1957 and was in the food services industry at Ohio University until retiring in 1993 and moving back to South Point, Ohio. She is survived of her husband of 61 years, Rex A. Absher, and her children, Rex Anthony (Trish) Absher, Penny Absher Huff, Cindy (Roger) Hurd and Julie Huron (David Barnes). She is also survived by brother, Bill (Eva) Carico; sister, Ann (Curt) Maynard; grandchildren, Aaron (Tenille) Huff, Amy (Jake) Johnson, Beth (Ty) Johnson, David (Brittany) Absher, Travis (Cassi) Hall, Carley Hall and Phoenix Huron; and great-grandchildren, Aiden, Tyler and Kayla Huff, Camryn, Andrew and Eli Johnson, and Nolan and Everson Johnson. Cosetta was avid artist and the family comedian. She was a member of Kings Way Church. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. with a celebration of Cosetta's life beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, 802 Solida Road, South Point, OH 45680. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.slackandwallace.com.

MICHAEL ALEXANDER SOWARDS, 32, of Rowan, N.C., formerly of Wayne, WV went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 7, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne with Pastor Paul Michael Booth officiating. Burial will follow at Ford Point Cemetery, Culloden. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Michael was born on August 1, 1986 in Huntington, WV. He was a 2004 graduate of Wayne High School and attended Garrett Community College in Maryland where he continued his excellent baseball career. Michael was a very gifted and talented carpenter by trade and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He will always be remembered with a smile on his face. Preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather, Harry Sowards Sr., maternal grandfather, Jinks "Buddy" Nelson, maternal grandmother, Janice Nelson; special grandmother, Jewel Jackson, and an uncle Jackie Sowards. Michael is survived by his parents, Roger Sowards (Peggy) of Wayne, WV, and Marcia Nelson of Salisbury, NC; two sons, Jackson and Parker Sowards, along with their mother Charley Jo Frasher and dear friend, Charlie Frasher; brothers, Roger "Cooter" Sowards, Jr. (Greta), Joey Sowards (Krista Kinnison), and Carl Franklin Frasher; paternal grandmother, Birdie Sowards; nephews, Lucas Sowards and Kadyn Graham; nieces, Lily and Farrah Sowards; a host of aunts, uncles, and numerous special cousins and friends who loved him dearly.

MICHAEL GRANT BARTRAM, 30 of Huntington, WV passed away, Saturday, September 8, 2018 in St. Mary's Medical Center from complications due to pneumonia. He was born on April 15, 1988 to Richard Lee and Anita Jean Grant Bartram of Huntington WV. Grant was a 2006 graduate of Cabell Midland High School and an employee of Gino's Pizza. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, East Pea Ridge Rd, Huntington with Dr. David Lemming officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Huntington. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, James and Ruth Bartram; and maternal grandmother, Vivian Grant. In addition to his parents, Grant is survived by two brothers, Ryan and Tyler Bartram of Huntington, WV; his grandfather, Kenney Grant (Debbie Smith) of Huntington, WV; step-grandmother, Karleen O'Brien of Pembrook Pines, FL; four aunts, Dianna (Jim), Margaret (Jeff), Karen (Jay), and Becky; three nieces, Marli, Layni and Vivian; seven cousins, Ken, Parker, Mary Morgan, Jenny, Brianna, Chilton and Alan; one sister-in-law Tiffani; as well as his Gino's family and friends. The family will receive friends from 3:00-6:00 PM, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, East Pea Ridge Road Huntington, WV. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonandkitchen.com .

THOMAS L. DANIELS, 75, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Rollins Funeral Home, Kenova, with Pastor Steve Willis officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Tom was born July 1, 1943, in Huntington, W.Va., a son of the late Emmitt Harley and Bessie Boling Daniels. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army. While on active duty, he was in Special Forces as a Green Beret and a medic with the Army Rangers in Vietnam. He carried that over into private life and volunteered in that capacity with Ceredo firefighters. He worked as a master plumber/welder with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 521 and retired from the Huntington VA Medical Center, where he was a Maintenance Supervisor. He was a life member of the American Legion in Huntington, whose Honor Guard will conduct military rites, and Huntington Masonic Lodge AF&AM #53, whose members will conduct graveside rites. He was Baptist by faith and attended the First Baptist Church of Kenova. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Emmitt Harley "Brother" Daniels Jr. and Richard "Dickie" Daniels; a sister, Marguerite Qualls; and great-grandson, Joshua Blair Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sarah Loar Daniels; one daughter, Pamela Bess Kennedy; two sons, Thomas Edward Daniels and Timothy Lee Daniels; one sister, Wilma L. Ball; stepdaughter and her husband, Kelly L. Albright (Chris); and five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Rollins Funeral Home, Kenova. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.

RANDY DARRELL BOWENS, 59, of Genoa, WV passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Steve Ramey. Burial will follow at Thompson Cemetery on Vinson Branch near Fort Gay, WV. He was born May 13, 1959 in Louisa, KY, a son the late Oscar and Dicie Ratcliff Bowens. Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Charles, Claude and Rick Bowens. Survivors include his loving wife, Karen Sue Pack Bowens; one step-daughter, Megan Estepp; one step-son, Gilbert Alan Estepp; three sisters, Barb Castle of Dayton, Ohio, Diane Grimm of Louisa, Kentucky, and Bessie Barker of Paintsville, Kentucky; three brothers, Roger Bowens of Louisa, Kentucky, and Gary Bowens of Fort Gay, WV and Larry Bowens; eight grandchildren and a host of additional family and friends. Friends may call from noon until service time at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV.

JEFFREY ALLEN DAVIS, 64, of Huntington, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church by Rev. Bonnie Boyce. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Wayne. He was born January 31, 1954, in Huntington, a son of the late Cecil Ernest Davis and Juanita Ross Davis. Jeff was retired from Huntington Alloys. Survivors include his wife, Tonya McGirr; his stepchildren, Jasmine Gibbs (Errick) of Huntington, Richard Anderson (Ashton Breedon) of Stanton, Va.; a brother, Michael Davis of Huntington; two stepgrandsons, Aiden Paul Gibbs, Maddox Anderson; a niece, Kristin Dygert (Josh); a great-niece, Kayla Newman; two great-nephews, Collin Dygert and Jason "Bubby" Townson, Jr.; and a host of cousins. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

CARL FREEMAN MAYNARD, 84, of Wayne, W.Va., closed his eyes on September 9, 2018, and opened them in heaven. He was born October 6, 1933, in Kiahsville, W.Va., a son of Charley and Hester Maynard. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Billy Wayne, and sister, Lorraine. Carl had a lifelong love affair with his wife of almost 61 years, Glenna Janette Johnson, whom he married on October 6, 1957, which was also her birthday as well. Together they built a home and life full of love, laughter, friendship and parenthood. He loved her cooking more than any restaurant and always said "thanks for dinner," even if it was a bologna sandwich. Carl was an incredible craftsman with the talent to fix, design, build or make anything he needed or wanted. He was an accomplished mechanic, teaching all his children, especially his daughters, how to work on their cars, change a light switch, shoot a gun when needed, select a quality hammer, and how to clean that fish you caught for dinner on numerous camping trips. With Glenna by his side, the family traveled the United States extensively, visiting all 48 lower states. He was sweet, loving and attentive to her along with a little, ok, a lot, of teasing and aggravating just for fun. Along with Glenna they taught their children what a real marriage should be and not to settle for less. They were taught to stand up for themselves and for others, show empathy and charity, be opinionated, strong women, enjoy life, take a chance, learn something new, be thankful, take pride in your work and most of all to love God. Sometimes adding opinion on your clothes as you walked out the door, saying, "I hope you didn't pay good money for that," and then smile. Carl leaves behind a plethora of machine parts, nuts, bolts, screws, drill bits and tools that no one knew what they were used for but him, as well as any size lumber that you want. He loved his Ford cars and trucks. When you come to see him, he will be dressed in his Sunday best, but we all know he would be much more comfortable in jeans and a button-up shirt, usually checked, ready to work on something or just piddle in the garage. Survivors include his wife, Glenna, children, Carletta (Bob) Fannin, Minetta (Chris) Moore and Jeffery Carl Maynard; five granddaughters, Amanda (Reg) Greer, Jami Moss (Cory) Sansom, Kelli B. Moore, Cara (Chad) Brown and Wendy (Bob) Young; and seven great-grandchildren, Trey, Alee, Oliver, Timothy, Nicholas, Bailey and Cadynce. Also surviving are his brothers, Leopold, John C., Paul, Dover and Arthur, and their spouses; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Carl retired from Aristech Chemical, formerly Novamont, and was a member of Laurel Freewill Baptist Church where he gave his life to the Lord. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Community Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held after 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family requests, in honor of Carl, please do not wear black to his services. Carl would like to give one last piece of advice: "Check the pressure on your tires; they look a little low" and "Always kiss your wife goodnight."

PEGGY LOU SPENCE, 80, of Huntington, widow of Thomas Eugene Spence Sr., died Sept. 9, 2018 in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. She was a homemaker. Peggy was born on January 26, 1938. Peggy was a resident of Huntington, West Virginia at the time of passing. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Wednesday, September 12 at Dock's Creek Cemetery, Kenova, WV by Pastor David Fairburn. There will be no visitation.

ELMER LEE WORKMAN, 97, of Fountain Valley, Calif., formerly of Kenova, W.Va., passed away September 9, 2018. He was born April 23, 1921, in Kenova, W.Va., a son of Millard Workman and Rebecca Riggs. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and his daughter, Catherine Shortridge. Elmer leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 78 years, Dorsey June Pack Workman; his son, Michael Workman (Burma); his daughter, Donna White (Ed); and his son-in-law, Stephen Shortridge. Also surviving are his four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Argie Workman (Alma); one sister, Lelia Ross; his sister-in-law, Wilma Workman; and many nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful storyteller and he loved to sing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in WWII. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, at Docks Creek Cemetery in Kenova, W.Va. Military Rites will be performed by American Legion Post 93 Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ceredo-kenovafuneralhome.com.

ELIZABETH "LIBBY" BILLUPS DROWN, 81, of Kenova, W.Va., mother, grandmother and sister, joined her beloved husband, Billy Jack Drown, in heaven on Monday, September 10, 2018. She was born May 11, 1937, a daughter of the late Harry and Pearl Hodge Billups. She graduated from C-K High School and worked for Dr. John Huntwork as his office manager for many years. In addition to her parents and husband, Libby was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Dean Patterson. Libby loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Phillip Rutherford, Roxanne and Mickey Fizer and Liz and Jeb Ryder, all of Kenova; one sister and her husband, Linda Kay and Mike Boshell of Ceredo; and one brother and his wife, David and Dottie Billups of Lexington, Ky.; her grandchildren and their spouses, Josh and Elizabeth Rutherford, Dr. Billy and Kelly Rutherford, Brandon and Lori Fizer, Abby and Nate Masters and Cody and Danielle Ryder; her great-grandchildren, Annie, Luke, Liam, Julia, Maddy, Vannah, Laney, Addy, Brooke and Gannon "Bubby"; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends; her goddaughter, Elizabeth Pyles; and her beloved friend, Karen LeMaster. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rollins Funeral Home, Kenova. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 13, 2018, beginning at 11 a.m. at Kenova United Methodist Church, of which she was a member, with Pastor Jim Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Docks Creek Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.

DOLORES RAMONA SAUNDERS, 82, peacefully went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, September 10, 2018. Born in Kiahsville, WV to Brad and Maudie Mathis, and graduated from Wayne High School in Wayne County, WV. She married George Saunders of Nellis, WV and remained married to the love of her life for 61 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, two brothers Bill Mathis and Carroll Mathis, and son Millard Saunders. She is survived by her son Terrence D. (Terry) Saunders and his wife Ginger of Graham, NC; George E. Saunders II and his wife Tracey of Huntington, WV; two sisters (Fanny Murray and Betty Miller both of Huntington, WV), Clarence Mathis of Wayne, WV, James Mathis of Florence, SC, and Arthur Mathis of Wayne, WV; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and over 30 nieces and nephews. Dolores was a retired seamstress and dressmaker employed at large department stores. She also altered and created dresses for many formal events and weddings. She was the longest standing member of the Antioch Old Regular Baptist Church of Wayne, WV for 64 years. She will be remembered for her kindness, caring heart, and love of Our Lord. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Brothers Art Mathis, Leonard Napier and Sam Frye officiating. Burial will follow at the Mathis Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

JULIA DUNCAN, 93, of Green Valley, W.Va., formerly of East Lynn, died Sept. 11, 2018 in McLeod Hospice, Florence, S.C. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, W.Va.; burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, W.Va. Visitation will be one hour before service at the funeral home.

RAYMOND EUGENE CHINN JR., 40, of Huntington, W.Va. , passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at home. Born January 9, 1978 in Huntington , W.Va. , Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra Jane Pelfrey Mooney, his grandmother Delores "Lorsie" Morris, and his papaw Dexter Miller. He leaves behind his father, Raymond Eugene Chinn of Chesapeake , Oh.; his grandmother Janet Pelfrey of Geogia; his children, Tori Chinn, Ashley Chinn, Jon Chinn, all of Wayne, and Aaylah Chafin of Lavalette, W.Va.; two sisters, Jackie Chinn and Angie Morris, both of Huntington; nieces and nephews Shelby Chapman, Corey Chapman, Paige Chapman, Dylan McCloud, Breanna Raines, and Noah Chafin. Ray is also survived by his girlfriend Janie Judd; her son Dionte Coleman, both of Huntington; and her grandchildren Ayleigh Coleman and Maddon Coleman, both of Milton , W.Va. A celebration of life will be held from 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home, Wayne.

MARY JO "MIMI" ENGLAND, 72, of Kenova, WV passed away September 12, 2018 at Harbor House, Ironton, OH. She was born May 17, 1946 in Wheeling, WV; the only child of the late William G. Kurczak and Hilda Helembright. She was a member of the Board of Hospice of Huntington Wayne County Division. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Huntington, WV. She is survived by her children: Jamie Lynn Marcum (John) and James Scott Marcum (Heather); her grandchildren: Callie Marcum, Levi Marcum, Jordan Marcum, Caleb Marcum, Marcus Hartwell and Jackson Cook; her great-grandchildren, Kade Sirk and Oakley Hartwell; her close friend from Shriners, Mike Davison and her canine fur baby, Riley Jo. The family would like to thank the Harbor House staff and Heartland Hospice staff for all the care Mary Jo received. Funeral services will be conducted at Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12 p.m. with Minister Allen Newsome officiating. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at McClellan Crum Cemetery, Moses Fork, near Cabwaylingo in Wayne County, WV. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ceredo-kenovafuneralhome.com.

VIDA BRADSHAW, 94, of Wayne, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Vida was the daughter of the late Walter Lee Simpkins and Ida Dial Simpkins. Also preceding her in death was the love of her life, James William Bradshaw; six sisters, Goldie Adkins, Betha Adkins, Mable Frye, Ida Brumfield, Margie Cooper and Ruby Beumi; three brothers, Lee R. Simpkins, Leo Simpkins, Hallie Simpkins; and four infant siblings. She is survived by sons, Roger Bradshaw of Wayne and David (Linda) Bradshaw of Lavalette; one grandson, Scott Bradshaw; and two great-granddaughters, Shannon and Summer Bradshaw. Burial was in the Everette Adkins Cemetery, East Lynn. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Tiller Funeral Home.

WALTER EUGENE PLYBON, 78, of Huntington, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Reger Funeral Chapel by Pastor Steve Williams. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Walter was born on November 20, 1939, in Wayne County, the son of the late Walter and Opal Goodman Plybon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers, George, Harry, Jackie and David Plybon. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Fannie Wylie Plybon; son, Jerry Plybon of Charleston, S.C.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Carl Tooley of South Point, Ohio, and Teresa and Larry Sarver of Hurricane, W.Va.; grandchildren and spouses, Tiffany and Rick Dillon, Carl Tooley, Ashley and Andrew Spears, Derek and Jayme Sarver; great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Carlee Dillon, Hunter Tooley and Brayden Spears; one sister, Minnie Plybon; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Plybon, Lewis and Mary Plybon and Orville and Ruth Ann Plybon; and a special sister-in-law, Lorene Plybon. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Reger Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

HARVEY GENE MARCUM, 85 of Shady Spring, WV formerly of Dunlow, WV went to be with the Lord on Thursday. September 13, 2018. He was born on July 31, 1933 in Wayne County to the late William and Martha Marcum. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Glen, Ernest, Roy Lee, and Frank; and four sisters, Inis, Dorothy, Ruth and Bonnie. Harvey is survived by the love of his life for 62 years, Ruby Mae Wallace Marcum; two sons, Dale Marcum and wife, Margie of Shady Springs, WV, and Jimmy Marcum and wife, Della of Vansant, VA; two step-sons, Ralph Stamper and Terry Stamper, both of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Quintin Marcum and wife Libby of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Eunice Copley and Janice Maynard both of Dunlow, WV; 7 grandchildren and 1 very special grandson Ryder Gene Marcum; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Harvey was a Korean Veteran, serving from 1953-1955, earning two medals. He was retired from the United States Army and WV State Park Service. Harvey loved spending his time watching boxing, hunting, reading his Bible, playing with his grandson, Ryder. He loved to mow the grass and looked forward to it each week. Graveside Services and Military Rites will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. at Wallace Cemetery, Tick Ridge Rd., Dunlow, WV. Morris Funeral Home, Wayne is in charge of the arrangements.

LARRY GENE WATTS, 71, of Huntington, passed away Friday, September 14, 2018, at his residence. Funeral service will be conducted by Rev. David Fairburn at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the Reger Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Dock's Creek Cemetery. Larry was born October 15, 1946, in Wayne County to the late Elijah and Emogene Berry Watts. He was a retired employee of Heiner's Bakery and a member of Ceredo Christian Baptist. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three infant brothers, Eddie, Tommy and Gary Watts; and a brother, Paul Lycan. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Wilma G. Watts; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue (John) Peterman of Ashland, Ky., and JoAnn (Anthony) Stapleton of Ironton, Ohio; one stepson, William (Debbie) Ray of Kingsport, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Dreama (Thomas) Spence of Huntington; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Carol Thompson of Ceredo, Susie (Joseph) Young of Florence, S.C., Kathy (Charles) Adkins of Dunlow, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Glenna Lycans of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews. Friends may call from noon until service time Tuesday at the Reger Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

ELOISE VANCE DEMENT, 71, of South Charleston passed away on September 14, 2018, at UK Hospital, Lexington, Ky. Eloise was born on November 25, 1946. in Huntington, W.Va., to the late Audley Vance and Helen Berry Eckert. She was a 1964 graduate of Vinson High School. She was a member of First Church of God, South Charleston, where she was a member of the choir. Eloise was retired from United Bank, formerly First Bank of Ceredo with many years of service working at the Huntington, Charleston, Dunbar and South Charleston locations. She was a member of the South Charleston Women's Club and most loved spending time with her family and friends. In addition to her parents, Eloise was preceded in death by her brother, Roger L. Vance. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Jim Dement; brother Rodney Vance (Marsha) of Spring Hill, Fla.; special aunt, Juanita White of Summerville, S.C.; three step-daughters, Kathy Pollom (John) of Huntington, W.Va., Cheryl Harper (Andrew) of Texas, Terry Davenport (T.A. Meade) of Mesa, Ariz.; step-son Ralph Dement (Aneta) of Germany; nieces Heather Garris (Jimmy) of Ansted, Robin Adkins (David) of Wayne, Tammy Vance, and Angela Vance; nephews Doug Vance (Rosie) of Uniontown, Pa., Robert Vance (Julie) of Charlotte, N.C., and Scott Vance; sister-in-law Jackie Vance of Huntington; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Eloise is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews and the sisters that she never had..."you know who you are." A service to honor the life of Eloise will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, family and friends may visit from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com. Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston is handling the arrangements.

ROY HALL JR., of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, formerly of Huntington, West Virginia, passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2018. He was born January 21, 1935, in Wayne County, West Virginia, son of the late Roy Hall and Roberta Hicks Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Captain Steve Hall, HPD; his son, Michael Hall; daughter-in-law, Vicky T. Hall; son-in-law, Joshua Smith; sister, Kathleen Wade; and half-brother, William "Buddy" Hall. He is survived by his sister, Roberta Faye Lovejoy of South Point, Ohio; his wife of sixty-three years, Nancy Via Hall; daughter, Sharon Smith; son, Sean Hall; son, retired United States Air Force MSGT Christopher Hall, and daughter-in-law, Lisa H. Hall. Also survived by eight grandchildren, Geremy Carter, Amber Hart and husband James, Monica Mount and husband Shawn, Matthew Hall and wife Chelsea, Megan Simyak and husband TJ, and Cameron Hall. He was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Lochlan Carter, Madison and Garrett Mount, and Gracyn and Gunner Hall. His surviving half-sisters are Patty Fuller, Gloria Jean Robinette, Ruth Bevins, Joyce Tackett, Carol Ratcliff and half-brother David Hall. Roy attended Huntington High School and Marshall University. He received an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Management and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Police Science, graduating Cum Laude from D.S. Lancaster College in Alleghany County, Virginia. He was a veteran police officer of twenty-eight years' service, beginning his career in Law Enforcement in 1963 as a Patrolman for the City of Huntington, where he served several years in Uniform Patrol and as a Detective in the Investigations Unit before accepting a position with the C&O Railway Police Department. He retired as Chief of Police and Special Services for the old C&O Railway, part of CSX Transportation, where he also served as Manager of Casualty Prevention Programs and Planning and Manager of Casualty Prevention Operations. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving four years in the United States Navy, Seabees. Roy was active in youth sports, coaching basketball and baseball for several years while living in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was a former member of the Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, the Shenandoah Valley Crime Clinic, The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, The Western Pennsylvania Railroad Police Association and The Fraternal Order of Police in Huntington, West Virginia. Roy considered the greatest day of his life to be when he and his wife were baptized into Christ, both on the same day. He was a member of the Church of Christ in South Point, Ohio, where he had many friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Church of Christ of South Point, located at 402 3rd Street East, South Point, OH 45680. Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 321-724-2222. Condolences at www.afcfcare.com.

CURTIS FARREL WOODS, 72, of Prichard, West Virginia, husband of Jane Adkins Woods, died Sept. 16, 2018 at his residence. A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Big Otter Community Center in Ivydale, West Virginia. Interment will follow in Turner Cemetery in Clay County. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community center.

REBECCA L. RUCKER, 61, of Barboursville, formerly of Fort Gay, wife of Tim Rucker, died Sept. 16, 2018 in St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Young Funeral Home Chapel, Louisa, Ky.; burial will follow in Webbville Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Donations may be directed to the the Johns Hopkins Autoimmune Disease Research Center.

JAMES JR. SMITH, 28, of Barboursville, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was born June 1, 1990, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Alta Carol Smith and the late Pershing C. Smith. "Jimmie" was a line cook for Cracker Barrel in Barboursville whose contagious personality drew the hearts of many. His biological father, James Arley Smith, also preceded him in death. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Amber Smith, of five years, along with their children whom were his pride and joy, Kaleb Michael Smith and Madalynn Sophia-Marie Legenza; his stepfather, Ira Berry, and biological mother, Shawna France; a sister, Wendy Nedzelski (Ted); a brother, Devin Smith; half-brother, Cody Pack; stepbrothers, Gregory Berry, Jackie Berry, Brett France; a half-sister, Brittany France; stepsister, Ashley Shannon; the mother of his son, Michelle Williamson (Dustin); and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends and co-workers. James gave the gift of life to many, choosing to be an organ donor. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne. Burial will follow at the Wilson Cemetery, Genoa. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses at St. Mary's MICU.

LOWELL "RAY" ADKINS, 78, of Proctorville, Ohio, passed away Monday, September 17, 2018, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, W.Va. He was born February 29, 1940, at East Lynn, W.Va., son of the late Julian and Ada Pearl Doss Adkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Adkins and Clinton Adkins. He retired from Mountaineer Gas and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Cooper Adkins; one daughter, Heather (David) Oder of Proctorville, Ohio; two sons, Davy (Jessie) Peters of Proctorville, Ohio and Tim Adkins of Huntington, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Zachary, Emily, Sheldon, Cassie, Kiley, Emily and Ambria (Travis); two great-grandchildren, Ruby and River; one sister, Onealee (McKinley) Sanders of Rittman, Ohio; four brothers, Claude (Zella) Adkins of Ashland, Ky., Julian (Ruth) Adkins of Cleveland, Ohio, Charlie (Carla) Adkins of Kentucky and Rick (Vanessa) Adkins of Huntington, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, Ohio. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery, Proctorville, Ohio. Proctorville VFW Post #6878 will conduct military graveside rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ehallfuneralhome.com.

HAROLD "LLOYD" LYKINS, 63 of Ceredo, WV, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, September 17, 2018. He was born on March 11, 1955 in Cabell County; a son of Harold Raymond Lykins and Elsie Maxine Ryder. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Lykins; and his brother-in-law, John Haney. Lloyd leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Sheila Kay (Booth) Lykins; his sons, Jason W. Lykins (Rachael) and Cody M. Lykins; his sisters, Linda Haney and Sue Chapman; his brother, Roger Lykins (Maxine). Also surviving are his grandchildren: Alexis Lykins, Levi Lykins and Skyler Lykins; his fur babies, Taco and Ricco; his dear friends, Ray and Juney Pauley and the Hedrick Family. We thank you all for the love and support you have given to us. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 Noon, Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home & Crematorium with Pastor Lloyd Sansom, officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 11 a.m. After services, burial will take place on the family farm at 350 Spring Run Lane, Huntington, WV 25704, Wayne County, WV. Online condolences may be expressed to the family below.

JAY WILSON BROWN JR., 66, (3/1/52-9/17/18) of Huntington, died Monday morning in his home with his wife, Charlotte, and son, Patrick, by his side. A graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School and Marshall University, Jay began his teaching career in 1977 at Crum High School and taught West Virginia History at Buffalo Middle School from the time the school opened in 1979 to the present day. At the time of his death, he was embarking on his 42nd year of teaching. Throughout his life, Jay was known for his sense of humor. With a booming voice, a quick wit and a hearty laugh, Jay was a man who never met a stranger and wanted everyone he met to feel important and cared for. He was a man devoted to his family, who loved his community and enjoyed oral history and studying the local history of Wayne County. Charlotte, his wife of more than 40 years, likens their marriage to "a long, comfortable conversation that was always too short." Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Lorene Brown of Kenova. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, his sons, Adam of Washington, D.C., and Patrick of Huntington, his daughter, Sarah and son-in-law Daniel of Cheyenne, Wyo., his aunt, June Shannon of Kenova, his sister-in-law, C'Ann Riley and her husband Phil of Glen Dale, W.Va., and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Liz Ryder and the Buffalo Middle School family, the physicians and staffs of Dr. Aamir Cheema, Tina Hill, DNP, Dr. Richard Del Checcolo, Dr. Matthew Hofeldt and Dr. Shehata. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Recovery Point of West Virginia, Jay W. Brown Memorial Fund, 900 20th Street, Huntington, WV 25703. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Reger Funeral Chapel by Father Doug Ondeck. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Reger Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

RONALD JEFFREY RAKES, 61, of Proctorville, Ohio, born June 23, 1957, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. He was the son of Ted Rakes of Kenova, W.Va., and the late Betty Rakes. Jeff is survived by his wife, Stacie; his two sons, Zachery Rakes and Trevor Isaac Rakes, both of Chesapeake, Ohio; his sister, Debbie Rakes Methax of Kenova; his brother, Scott (Tonya) Rakes of Corinth, Texas; his niece, Jamey (Steven) Holt; nephew, Jimmy (Lisa) Methax; and his great-nieces and -nephew, Bailey Swanson, Mackenzie Methax and Joshua Methax. Jeff worked over 40 years at the Corps of Engineers Huntington District where he did outstanding work and received numerous awards for his stellar work and contributions over the years. His eye for detail and excellence is unmatched. He was an avid fan of DaBears, never missing a game. He was loved beyond words by his family and friends and will be forever missed. Services will be private for family only. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family.

CHARLES D. "CHUCK" BLANKENSHIP, 48, of Wayne W.Va. passed away on September 19, 2018. He was born June 23, 1970 in Huntington, W.Va., a son of the late Jennings and Ilene Blankenship, and worked as a mechanic. He is survived by his loving companion Janice Parsons; daughters Meletha Blankenship, and Laressa Blankenship; a son Charles Jackson Lee Blankenship; one brother Dwayne (Valerie) Blankenship, all of Wayne; step-son Billy Ray (Meghan) Parsons of Proctorville, Oh., grandchildren Liam and Luna Parsons, Jaylin Lee Hood, Jackson Riley Ramey, Bryce Jackson and Zoey Miller; nephew Jeremy Alan (Amber) Blankenship of Huntington, W.Va.; and a host of friends too numerous to mention. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Brother A.J. Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Price Mills Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Donations to assist the family can be made by selecting the "Appeal For Donations" tab at the left of this page.

WILMA L. WALLS, 87, of Huntington, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Wilma was born April 11, 1931, in Fort Gay, W.Va., to the late Brady and Harriett (Skeens) Wellman. Wilma was a member of the Spruce Lick Baptist Church in Fort Gay, W.Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mason Jack Walls, and her siblings, Frank Wellman, Claude Wellman, Herb Wellman, Jack Wellman, Jim Wellman and Lou Vern Scott. Survivors include her daughters, Cathy (David) Webb and Lisa (David) Keefer; grandchildren, Mason (LaCrissa) Keefer, Kelli Keefer, Katie Keefer, Tyler (Stephanie) Albright and Josh (Destinee Jones) Albright; great-grandchildren, Dylan Albright, Teagan Albright, Roxas Albright, Nora Jones, Elijah Keefer and Sofia Keefer; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wellman and Oretha Wellman; many nieces and nephews; and two special friends, JoAnn Meadows and Amy Burgess. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Young Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Castle officiating. Burial will follow in the Wellman Cemetery in Fort Gay, W.Va. Friends may visit the family Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, from noon until time of service at the Young Funeral Home Chapel. Young Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Ms. Walls.

RALPH COX, 81, of Wayne, W.Va., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Sept. 20, 2018. Ralph was born in Wayne County, W.Va., on Dec. 29, 1936, a son of the late Milton and Bertha (Rowe) Cox. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Sammy (Marie) Cox, Glen Roy (Wilma) Cox and Virgil Cox; sister and brother-in-law, Edith (Ira) Watts; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Benjamin Franklin and Nellie (Hampton) Curnutte; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lewis (Joan) Curnutte, Carol (Arch) Epling and Charles Curnutte. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Barbara Ann (Curnutte) Cox; sons, Ben (Judy) Cox, Dwight (Betty) Cox; grandsons, Benjamin "Benji" (Melanie) Cox, Jason (Lora) Cox, Blake Cox, James Cox and Tyler Cox; granddaughters, Rebekah Cox, Kayleigh Cox, Chelsea Cox and Michelle Cox; great-grandson, Ashton Cox, and great-granddaughters, Greenlee Cox, Sierra Cox and Emberlee Cox, all of Wayne, W.Va.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy (Betty) Cox and Billy (Tina) Cox of Ohio; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys (Denny) Robertson of Ft. Gay, W.Va.; sisters-in-law, Judy Ellen Cox of Lavalette, W.Va., and Peggy Curnutte of Radnor, W.Va.; plus numerous nephews and nieces, his church family and a host of friends. Ralph truly loved God, Church, family and friends, and all will miss him. Ralph was a faithful member of the Radnor Church of Christ for over 55 years. Ralph retired from KYOWVA Industries in 1994 after working in the same location for 38 years. Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, by Jeff Ross. Burial will follow in the Curnutte Cemetery in Radnor. The family would like to thank Hospice of Huntington and a special caregiver, Tanya Porter, along with all who visited and kept us in your prayers at this time.

SCOTT MERRITT JR., 80, of Prichard, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, W.Va. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Wayne. He was born May 27, 1938, a son of the late Scott and Martha Frasher Merritt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie Golden, Dennis and Glenn Merritt; one sister, Elizabeth Woodyard; and four infant children. Scott is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Wallace Merritt; two daughters, Beverly Lee of Prichard and Stephanie (Jason) Ragland of Jackson, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kayla (Rob) Kincaid, Tyler (Kirsten) Ragland, Jacob Lee and Jordan Lee; one great-grandchild, Raelyn Ragland; four sisters, Virgie McArthur of Milton, W.Va., Faye (Howard) White of Industry, Pa., Sharon (Delmar) Adkins of Proctorville, Ohio, and Freda (Jim) Alexander of Barboursville, W.Va.; one brother, Hugh (Donna) Merritt of Wayne; mother-in-law, Nancy M. Wallace; sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Joyce Merritt; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from noon until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to assist his grandchildren as they were the joy and love of his life. Contributions may be sent to City National Bank c/o Scott Merritt, 10366 Route 152, Wayne, WV 25570.

RICHARD DYRL "DICK" VASS, 88, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Funeral service will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova with Pastor Scott Byard officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Valley Memory Gardens. Dick was born July 17, 1930, to the late Henry Aldrick and Lafavor Belle Bean Vass. He retired as Marshall University Bursar after 32 years of service. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the Loudon United Methodist Church in Loudon, Tenn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, George Malcolm Vass and Teddy Joe Vass, and a sister, Jacqueline Vass Byard. Survivors include his beloved wife, Thelma Lucas Vass; two sons, Keith Malcolm Vass (Debbie) and Kevin Joe Vass (Jami); one daughter, Teresa Ann Boehle (Rick); two grandchildren, Christopher Boehle (Amanda) and Katy Deliou (Pierre); five great-grandchildren; and longtime friend, Lonnie Carpenter. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Online condolences may be expressed at rollinsfh.com.

BETTY ROSE CORN HAYTON ALBERTS, of South Point, Ohio, died September 20, 2018. She was born January 3, 1933. She was preceded in death by mother and father, Orville and Marie Woodard Corn; one son, Richard Avery Hayton; one sister, Hazel Corn Fraley; and one brother, Jim Corn. She is survived by her husband, Randall Leo Alberts; one daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Riccarla Roman; two grandchildren, Patrick Richard Roman and Vivien Riccarla Roman of West Cornina, California; a host of nephews and nieces; four stepdaughters and two stepsons. Betty worked at McCrorys downtown and at Hills/Ames on Route 60. Betty attended the New Testament Freewill Baptist Church, Ceredo. Betty loved good Gospel music and she loved to sing it. "She has gone home." Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Reger Funeral Chapel by Brother Eddie Hay. Entombment will follow in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Reger Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

JAMES HOMER HODGE SR., 74, of Huntington, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 21, 2018, after an extended illness. James was born to Viola (nee Meredith) and Homer Hodge on June 6, 1944. James was proud to have been born on D-Day and with his unique sense of humor, often quipped his Dad "labored in Normandy while his Mother labored here in child birth!" James was preceded in death by his parents, by his son, Matthew Hodge, and by his first wife of 44 years, Barbara (nee Rowe) Hodge, the mother of his children. James was an honors graduate at CK High School where he played football. He later attended The University of Oklahoma for two years (where he became a lifelong Sooners fan) and later completed his education at Huntington Business College with an associate's degree in business. Except for his two-year service in the Army (he was especially proud of his one-year stint in Vietnam, 173rd Airborne Division), he was employed by Ashland Oil Refinery and retired from there in 2001. He later worked for C & I Employment Services as a planner at the Marathon Refinery in their Canton, Ohio, facility before accepting a position as planner for C & I at the Marathon Petroleum, located in Ashland, Ky. He worked there until he permanently retired in 2016. James is survived by his wife, Deborah Hodge; sister, Jean Hatton of Ceredo, W.Va.; brother, Roger (Hellen) of Huntington; and two sons, Jim (Sara) Hodge, and Robert Hodge (Cara) of Huntington. He is also survived by his five granddaughters, Brittany, Victoria, Skylar, Taylor and Aubrey Hodge; and two grandsons, Trent and Trevor Hodge, all of Huntington. His furry pals, Max, Molly, Abby and Tiberius will greatly miss him, along with all the birds he loved to feed year-round. But most important to James was his family. Family always came first as he told nearly everyone he met how much he enjoyed raising his boys and watching them play sports, whether it was football, baseball, soccer, tennis or The Hodge Family (highly competitive) Ping Pong games. He even passed along his love of sports to all his grandchildren (Go Sooners!). Most of all, James was a wonderful husband, brother, father and grandfather, who will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.

ERMA MILLS, 93, of Wayne, WV, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born December 13, 1924 at Wayne, a daughter of the late Jasper and Susie Asbury Ferguson. Erma was a homemaker and member of the Wayne United Methodist Church. Her husband, Lewis Glen Mills, four sisters, Elsie Hill, Agnes Watts, Wanda Napier, and Perlina Tomblin, two brothers, Wetzel Ferguson and Sherman Ferguson, and a son-in-law, Tim Massey, also preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Annette Massey of Proctorville, OH and Janet Brown and husband Tony of Wayne, WV; a son, Ferrell Mills and wife, Anita of Wayne, WV; five grandchildren, Kent Mills, Heather Bloss (Dennis), Amy Reisig (Mark), Ginny McMillion (Danny), and Zachary Brown (Jessica); thirteen great-grandchildren, Cody Mills (Carm), Austin Mills (Jessie), Lucas Bloss, Kendra Bloss, Derek Reisig, Kristin Reisig, Cameron Reisig, Jacob McMillion, Tanner McMillion, Ava McMillion, Ryder McMillion, Riley Brown and Max Brown; and five great-great-grandchildren, Elijah Mills, Joseph Mills, Noah Mills, Ezekial Mills and Maddie Mills. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV with Pastors Devin Olechea and Todd Hurley officiating. Burial will follow at the Vaughn-Mills-Bing Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. The family wishes to extend special thanks to all of her care givers and Hospice of Huntington.

MR. CHARLES EDWARD BRUMFIELD, 87, of Pawleys Island, SC was called home to be with the Lord on September 22, 2018. He was born, April 18, 1931 in Huntington, WV and lived the majority of his life on his family farm on Wilsonís Creek in Wayne, WV. He was the son of Pearlie Brumfield and Clara (Scaggs) Brumfield. He served his country in the Army 1956-1957. He graduated Wayne High School and received his Masterís Degree in English Literature from Marshall University. He taught English at Wayne High School for over 30 years. He was a member and long term Deacon at Wayne Baptist Church and also served as a Deacon at Longwood Baptist Church in Georgetown SC. Throughout his life, he was a devoted follower and servant of Jesus Christ. We are joyous that he is now at home with our Lord. He was the youngest brother of Evelyn Irby, George Brumfield, and Catherine Wellman. He was the beloved husband of Freda (Booton) Brumfield for 58 years. They had the pride of one son, Dr. Edward Scott Brumfield and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stephanie Myers Brumfield. He enjoyed and loved his 10 grandchildren, Margaret, Grace, Jackson, Olivia, Jefferson, Claire, Joseph, Charlie, Joshua and Catherine. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held a 1 PM Friday, September 28, at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

VIRGIE LEE LETT, 87, of Prichard, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 23, 2018. She was born December 1, 1930 at Betsy Lane, Kentucky, a daughter of the late William and Florence Thompson Lett. Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Glenn Lett, Billy Joe Lett, James Lett, and McDonald Lett and three sisters, Trudy Stevens, Arella Leap, and Flora Maynard. She leaves behind one brother, John (Betty) Lett of Prichard, with whom she made her home; one sister, Nancy (Kenny) Donahoe of Huntington; and nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to mention. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Brother John Cavins officiating. Burial will follow at the Harmon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

JOHN JEWEL BILLUPS III, age 63, of Ashland, Ky., entered his heavenly home on September 24, 2018. He was born on November 21, 1954, in Huntington, to the late John "JJ" and Roma Gail (Hatten) Billups. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Jewel and Corrine Billups and Harry and Tilda Hatten. He graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School in 1973 where he excelled in basketball, baseball and football, being named an "All State" football player in 1972. He retired after 39 years of service from Ashland Oil Inc./Marathon. He served several years with the Volunteer Fire Departments for the towns of Ceredo, Summit-Ironville, Ky., and on the Fire and Rescue squad of Marathon during his employment. John loved the Lord and was an active member of Unity Baptist Church, Ashland, Ky. John was a devoted husband, father and friend. He truly loved life and enjoyed all time spent with family and friends. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Leigh Ann (Duley) Billups, of 15 years; his daughter, Amy Mullins (Steven) of Crown City, Ohio; daughter, Jamie Bishop of Crown City, Ohio; son, John David Billups (Holly) of Ashland, Ky.; daughter, Alexandra Billups of Ashland, Ky.; grandchildren, Katie Foste, Carder Mullins, Olivia Bishop, Rachel Bishop, John Ryan Billups and Jackson Billups; as well as several nieces and nephews. He will be lovingly remembered by his two brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael Billups (Jeanette) of Kenova and James "JD" Billups (Rhonda) of Kenova. The family would like to thank and appreciates the support and love shown to John during his illness by special friends Lace Hardwick and Larry Jarvis. Visitation will be held at Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel, Ashland, Ky., on Thursday, September 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, September 28, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jeremy Couture officiating and interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cancer Angels, Ashland Bellefonte Cancer Center, in care of Deedee Delong, 122 St. Christopher Drive, Ashland, KY 41101. Online condolence to www.steenfuneralhome.com.

ANTHONY DALE "TONY" ADKINS, 52, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at his residence. He was born on Aug.13, 1965, in Huntington, W.Va., the son of the late Ervin Bennett and Chloe Wallace Adkins. He is survived by his loving wife Cara Leigh Adkins of Kenova, W.Va.; three children, Kristopher Adkins of Huntington, W.Va., Damron Lee Adkins and Taylor Nichole Adkins, both of Kenova, W.Va.; sister Anna Wilson of Huntington, W.Va.; brother Doug (Debbie) Adkins of Ceredo, W.Va.; mother-in-law Pat Shepard of Huntington, W.Va.; sisters-in-law Stephanie Jeffers of Barboursville, W.Va., and Emily Shepard of Colorado; brother-in-law Eric Shepard of Huntington, W.Va., as well as a host of nieces, nephews family and friends. A memorial service will be conducted at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, East Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oc. 5, 2018, with Pastor Bob Hale officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until service time at the mortuary. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonandkitchen.com.

ENSLOW "JACK" JOHNSON, 83, of Huntington, husband of Georgie Johnson, died Sept. 25, 2018 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Reger Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne. He was born February 9, 1935, in Lincoln County, W.Va., a son of the late Sullivan and Susie Hinkle Johnson. Jack was a veteran of the US Army and a member of Crescent Lodge #32 AF&AM of Ceredo. He was the owner and operator of Jack's Cleaners for 45 years and was an avid supporter of Marshall University Athletics as well as a member of Vinson Memorial Christian Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Brent Scott Shirkey II; brother, Cute Johnson; and sisters, Violet Johnson and Lucille Horton. Additional survivors include three daughters, Sherry (J.W.) Griffith, Monica (Jerry) Lucas and Whitney Johnson; eight grandchildren, Blake McClure, Paige and Chase McKnight, Kerrington and Riley Shirkey, Maddox Quate, Hayden Griffith, Sam Runyon, and a great-grandchild, Mia Bridges; and his brother, Russell Johnson. Jack was a thoughtful, caring people person who always made those around him feel at ease. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Reger Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

JAMES DONALD WILSON, 62, of Wayne, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne with Pastor Danny Damron officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway, WV. He was born on January 12, 1956 at Gassaway, WV to James Fletcher Wilson and Rose Etta Rollyson Wilson of Wayne, WV. James was a former manager for Wilsonís Auto Parts. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Stormi Wilson of Huntington, WV; two sons, Calep Pack of Wayne, WV, and John Kevin Blake of Huntington, WV; two sisters, Sharon Louise Edwards (Dwayne) of Prichard, WV, and Rose Anna McCallister (David) of Kenova, WV; a brother, Thomas Michael Wilson (Kathy) of Wayne, WV; six grandchildren, Coty Wilson (Taylor), Alyssa Hester, Airel Josey, Kelcie Blake, Jamil Reid, and Joshua Jones; four great-grandchildren, Warren Wilson, Brooklynn Jeffers, Parker Wilson, and Adalynn Hester; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends that loved him dearly. Friends may call from 10:00 am until service time at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, WV.

FRANK JAMES BRADSHAW, 61, of Wayne, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 28, 2018. He was born November 20, 1956, in Huntington, a son of the late Macie and Lonnie Bradshaw Sr. His son, Frank James Bradshaw Jr., also preceded him in death, along with ten brothers and sisters, Henry Bradshaw, Lonnie Bradshaw Jr., Millard Bradshaw, Hiram Bradshaw, Jesse Bradshaw, Emmarine Bradshaw, Virginia Cox, Thelma Carson, Mary Egas, Bonnie Leep; and a special nephew, Jimmy Lee Cox. Frank is survived by his loving soul mate and companion of 23 years, Donna Brunty; three beloved granddaughters, Alexis, Marley and Memarie; two grandsons, Haden and Kyler; two special great-grandsons, Rowan and Blane; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to mention. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2018, at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home with Pastor Leston Followay officiating. Burial will follow in the Bowen Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

LARRY MORRIS, 54, of Huntington, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Larry was born on January 31, 1964, in Huntington, the son of the late Leah "Dolores" Morris and Verlon Morris, a Huntington police officer. Larry grew up in Cove Gap, W.Va., as a young boy with his late grandparents, George and Bertie "Adkins" Ross. There he developed a love for fishing and hunting, which became his passion throughout his life. Until he became disabled, Larry was a skilled craftsman who owned a construction company in Huntington, which specialized in dryvit stucco and drywall. He resurfaced the interior and exterior of several prominent buildings in downtown Huntington, and his work at a local home appeared in "Better Homes and Gardens." Larry was preceded in death by a baby son, Larry Lee Morris; his stepson, Raymond "Bubby" Chinn; his stepfather, Paul "Dexter" Miller; and his aunts, Rose Mary Stone and Pauline Lucas. Survivors include a daughter, Angela Morris; a grandson, Dylan McLoud; and a stepdaughter, Jackie Chinn. Larry was raised with his cousins, George "Michael" Lucas and Paula Lucas, who considered him a brother. Larry is a casualty of the Oxycontin deception of the pharmaceutical and medical industries in West Virginia and died from complications of a heroin addiction. Prayers are appreciated for the families afflicted by this opioid epidemic. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Cabell County EMS, 846 8th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701, for their tireless rescue of overdose victims. A private memorial service for the family will be held at a later date. Reger Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.