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Norma Jean Beale Print Comment Top of page

Norma Jean Farley Beale, 83, died Aug. 20, 2014. Service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the funeral home.

Lonnie R. Burgess Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Lonnie Richard Burgess, 82, of Hometown, passed away Aug. 19, 2014 at home.

Lonnie was retired from Republic Container with 32 years of service; a decorated Army veteran, serving in the Korean conflict; and a Christian. He loved photography, fishing and bragging on his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hanna "Bea" Burgess, and daughter, Karen Ann Burgess.

Lonnie is survived by his daughter, Carolyn and her husband, Daris Shamblin, of Elkview, and his grandsons, Adam and James.

A tribute to the life of Mr. Lonnie Burgess will be noon Saturday, Aug. 23, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Nahum Balser and Jim Shamblin officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Burgess family.

Doyle Edward Casto Print Comment Top of page

Doyle Edward Casto, 82, of Kenna, passed away Aug. 19, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born March 2, 1932 in Belgrove, a son of the late Roscoe and Freda Faber Casto. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Army Reserves with 26 years of total service. He worked in the construction trade for many years, enjoyed gardening and was an avid outdoorsman. He was an active member of the Christian Fellowship Church in Kenna. He dearly loved and cherished his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Sue Collins Casto; his daughters, Meike (George) Freshour, Robin (Lymon) Anderson and Donna (Kerry) Hinzman; brother, Earl (Imogene) Casto of Ripley; sisters, Edna Kelly of Charleston, Eleanore Clay of Kenna, Reda (Oshel) Daniels of Cottageville and Wanda (Joe) McClung of Cross Lanes; sister-in-law, Joyce Casto; his grandchildren, Brandy Freshour Whittington, Lesley Freshour Roush, Steven Freshour, Erica Anderson Smith, Jessica Anderson Minnix, Angela Anderson, Rachel Hinzman, Jonathan Hinzman and Rebecca Hinzman; and great-grandchildren, Katherine, William and Grace Whittington, Julia, Lauren, Joshua, Zachary and Anna Roush, Noah and Isabella Freshour and Kile Minnix.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Veldra Harold Casto and Roland Casto, and sisters, Ravena Duffield and Imogene Casto.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday, Aug. 23, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastors Lymon Anderson and George Freshour officiating. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post 107, Ripley, will be in Plainview Cemetery, Kenna.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Steve Casto Print Comment Top of page

Ronal Steven "Steve" Casto, 63, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at CAMC Teays Valley following a long illness. He was a 1969 graduate of Poca High School. He enjoyed hunting and loved his westerns, especially John Wayne movies. Steve's final act was to give the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Born July 13, 1951, he was the son of the late Fredrick D. Casto and Frances L. Cobb Casto.

He is survived by a son, Billy Casto of Charleston; stepmother, Ida Jean Casto of Buffalo; sisters, Nancy K. (Gary) Jividen of Eleanor and Jane (Joel) Jividen of Poca; brothers, Curtis (Roderick) Casto of Inwood and Keith (Debbie) Casto of Buffalo; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and grandchildren.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Casto family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Calvin Ray Dent Print Comment Top of page

Calvin Ray Dent, 86, of Plant City, Fla., formerly of Winfield, W.Va., died Aug. 19, 2014 at Health Center of Plant City.

Born Feb. 9, 1928 in St. Albans, W.Va., he was the son of the late W.H. and Mabel McComas Dent. He was the husband of the late Betty Graves Dent.

He was predeceased by sisters, Glenith Dillmore, Jackie Nida and Donna Treadwell.

Surviving are his daughters, Lea Ann (Dale) Goff, Vicki (Mac) Lambert and Deborah (David) Taylor; son, Wesley (Doris) Claar; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his beloved companion, Misty.

Calvin was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, European Theatre; attended Morris Harvey College; was retired after 25 years from Union Carbide; was a member of Plant City's First Baptist Church; and also a member of the Charleston, W.Va., Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Beni Kedem Shriners, Beni Kedem Patrol and made several trips to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The family wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Health Center of Plant City for their service to their loved one.

A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Plant City. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the funeral home. Final interment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com.

Charles E. Fitzwater Print Comment Top of page

Charles E. Fitzwater, 86, of Dixie, entered into rest Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

Born March 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Homer and Stella Fitzwater. In addition to his parents, Charles was also preceded in death by his sister, Elsie Friend, and brothers, Byron and Curtis Fitzwater.

He was retired from Elkem Metals.

Charles is survived by his wife, Barbara June Fitzwater of Dixie; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Danny Foster of Craigsville; granddaughters, Amy and Mark Reed of Hico and Brandi and Matt Turner of Oak Hill; grandson, Casey Foster of Craigsville; great-grandchildren, Ashton Reed of Hico and Bretton Turner and Brynlee Turner, both of Oak Hill; brothers, James Fitzwater of Morristown, Tenn., and Versal and Sharon Fitzwater of Bridgeport; and sister, Nina Barnes of Mansfield, Ohio.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Geoff Hamrick officiating. Burial will be in Cline Cemetery, Indore.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Fitzwater family.

Charles E. Hall Print Comment Top of page

Charlie, 74, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

He was born May 14, 1940, the son of the late Russell and Beatrice Hall.

He was a Christian and enjoyed watching Dr. Charles Stanley and Jimmy Swaggart. He was a retired electrician and former Mayor of Lee Street and owner of All-State Electrical Contracting and was known for his quick wit.

He is survived by his sons, Russell (Debbie) Hall and Charles Rodney Hall; sister, Zelma (Gene) Gray; niece and nephew, Brenda and Gene Jr.; his pride and joy, his granddaughters, Lauren, Maddie and Holly; and his former wife, Margie.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Cunningham Memorial Park, Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans, with the Rev. Loretta Isaiah officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service Saturday at the Upper Mausoleum Chapel.

Visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share memories or to express condolences.

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

Charles A. Harrison Print Comment Top of page

Charles Allen "Charlie" Harrison, 73, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He was a 1959 graduate of Buffalo High School and retired from the Appalachian Power John Amos Plant. He loved to fish and enjoyed watching dirt track racing. Charlie was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all those he touched. He was a valued friend to many people.

Born May 7, 1941, he was the son of the late Johnnie Harrison and Reba Washington Harrison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pat Foster, and a brother, Douglas Harrison.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Edith Harrison; sons, David Allen Harrison of Charleston and Terry Wayne (Robin) Harrison of Stuart, Fla.; sisters, Maxine Cook of Eleanor, Genevieve (Butch) Wagner of Melbourne, Fla., Geneva Harrison of Red House and Myrna Bowling of Eleanor; a brother, Robert "Bob" (Barbara) Harrison of Florida; a grandson and the light of his life, Miles Allen Harrison; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Mark Harris and the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Online condolences may be sent to the Harrison family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Jones Print Comment Top of page

Mary Elizabeth Jones, 90, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 19, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.

She was a homemaker, taught ceramics, loved oil painting and was a member of Starcher Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt Harrison "Jack" Jones, in 2000.

Survivors include her son, Wyatt "Butch" Jones of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Mary Frances Pritt of Charleston; former son-in-law, Jerry Pritt of Ohio; grandchildren, Gerald "Buster" Pritt and wife, Pamela, and Lisa Marie Davis and husband, Michael; great-grandchildren, Ashley Nichole Whitt and Scott Kiser, Nicholette Lynn Davis, Danelle Pritt and Brad Anderson, Gerri Elizabeth Pritt, Justin and Haley Harrell and Julius Morgan and Michael "Trae" and Whitney Elizabeth Gober; and great-great-grandchildren, Chase Anderson and Gary Morris.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Workman officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, also at the funeral home.

The family will accept memorial online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Jones family.

Mary Lipscomb Print Comment Top of page

Mary Lipscomb, 88, of Knightdale, N.C., formerly of Kimberly, died Aug. 19, 2014. Arrangements by O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

James W. Long Print Comment Top of page

James W. "Woodie" Long, 90, of Gallipolis Ferry, died Aug. 20, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Faith Gospel Church, Gallipolis Ferry. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Donis "Donnie" Martin Print Comment Top of page

Donis "Donnie" Martin of Parkersburg passed away from a massive stroke on Aug. 20, 2014 at Camden Clark Medical Center with her family by her side. Waiting in Heaven with open arms to greet her were her loving husband of 60 years, Woody Martin; grandson, Matthew Fielder; a brother and sister; and her parents. Donnie was born Oct. 18, 1934 in the South Charleston area, where she was raised and lived until 1965 when she and her family moved to Parkersburg.

Donnie was a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, granny and great-grandma. Those that are sadly going to miss her every day are her children, Rhonda (Clint) Way, Terri Fielder and Greg (Becky) Martin; grandchildren, Chris (Angela) Way, Amy (Jeremiah) Colgrove, Emily Martin, Brooks Martin and Meghan Handley (Adam Kiger); and her great-grandchildren, Cali, Dominic and Ella Way and Isaac, Addison and Jadyn Colgrove. In addition, surviving are her brother, Bud Davis; her sister, Jean Turley; and many nieces and nephews. Donnie never met a stranger and she touched the hearts of all that were blessed to know her.

After Donnie raised her children, she worked several years at Emerson Bowling Lanes, where she coached the youth bowling leagues for over 10 years, but then retired to spend time with and lovingly spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always involved in every family home project and also at every event, cheering on her grandchildren. Donnie found joy in keeping up her yard, working in her flourishing garden and rooting for her beloved Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

Donnie was a member and board member of Sand Hill United Methodist Church, where she was involved in various activities and functions.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the funeral home with Pastor Lauren Godwin officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 23rd Street, Parkersburg.

Donations may be made in Donnie's memory to Sand Hill United Methodist Church, 1295 River Road, Williamstown, WV 26187.

An online guestbook for condolences is available at www.lamberttatman.com.

Charles Edward "Ted" McConnell Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Charles Edward "Ted" McConnell Jr., of the Arthur B. Hodges Center at Edgewood Summit, Charleston, died August 14 at Charleston Memorial Hospital. He was 99 years old.

He was born in Plainfield, NJ, in 1915, attended Loomis School in Windsor, CT, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. In 1936 he moved to Charleston to begin his career with Union Carbide Corporation, where he became Associate Director of Engineering. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Board of Directors of Edgewood Summit Retirement Community, and the Board of Directors of Kanawha Hospice Care, Inc. He developed the Edgewood Summit Residents' Association, was its first president, and assisted in the design of additional wings of both Edgewood Summit and Hubbard Hospice House. He also managed the Philosophy Club, which included many Charlestonians and met at Edgewood Summit. Formerly, he was a member of the Princeton Club of New York and of Edgewood Country Club, where he and his wife Leila taught ballroom dancing to children, and brought Lester Lanin and his internationally famous dance music to the New Year's Eve party for ten successive years. The ballroom at Edgewood Country Club is named for them in their honor.

Ted was a member of St. Mathew's Episcopal Church in Charleston. Earlier he and his wife were active in St. John's Church, where Ted served three times on the vestry and was Sunday school superintendent.

Ted met his future wife, Leila, on shipboard en route to Europe, and their romance matured into marriage on November 17, 1937, in Americus, GA. During their marriage of over 64 years they enjoyed many trips to Europe, Asia, and Africa, for both business and pleasure, and had unique experiences with people all over the world. They were received by Indira Gandhi, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, and Pope John Paul II. Ted was preceded in death by Leila in 2002.

He is survived by a daughter, Leila Daw, and her husband, Nigel, of Connecticut, and a son, Charles E. "Teddy" McConnell III of Charleston, and also by two grandsons, Warwick Daw of Missouri, and Adrian Daw of Maryland, as well as by three great-grandchildren, Brennan Daw, Marguerite Daw, and Azalea Daw.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mathew's Episcopal Church in Charleston at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 23, with the Reverend John Hogan officiating. Burial will be in St. Mathew's Columbarium, which Ted was instrumental in having built. Following the service, friends may greet the family at Edgewood Summit beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 23.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mathew's Church, 36 Norwood Road, Charleston, WV 25314, or to Kanawha Hospice Care, Inc., 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 35064.

Barlow Bonsall is in charge of arrangements.

James H. McKinney Print Comment Top of page

James "Jimmy" H. McKinney, 71, of Cross Lanes, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at his residence.

He was born March 12, 1943, a son of the late James H. McKinney Sr. and Ida Mae Latlip McKinney Dent. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee McKinney.

Jimmy was a 1962 graduate of Charleston Catholic High School. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 625, the Fraternal Order of Eagles 519 and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston.

Surviving are one son, James "Boom" McKinney III and his wife, Suzanne, of Cross Lanes; one stepdaughter, Carmen Lilly of St. Albans; one stepson, Patrick Lilly of St. Albans; three granddaughters, Cameo McKinney, Kayla Lilly and Taylor Lilly; two brothers, Dennis McKinney and his wife, Elizabeth, of Charleston and Ronald McKinney and his wife, Vickie, of Tornado; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of a Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1000 6th St., Charleston, with the Rev. James Kurtz, OFM Cap. officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W., Charleston.

The online guestbook may be accessed at www.wilsonfuneralandcremation.com.

Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the McKinney family.

Richard Alan Miller Print Comment Top of page

Richard Alan Miller, 57, of Pinch Ridge, passed away Aug. 19, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a long illness. Richard enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and had a passion for collecting coins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James O. Miller.

Surviving are his mother, Leah Miller; brothers, Ronnie Miller and James O. (Lisa) Miller Jr.; nephew, Dakota Miller; niece, Sierra Miller; and longtime girlfriend, Diana Garretson.

There will be a private service for only family and friends at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel, Elkview, with longtime friend, Pastor Ray Belcher. Burial will take place in Belcher Cemetery on Pinch Ridge.

There will also be a private visitation for family and friends one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Benjamin J. Pfohl Print Comment Top of page

Benjamin Joseph "Ben" Pfohl, 29, of Charleston, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 17, 2014.

Ben was born, Aug. 1, 1985 in Glendale. He was a 2003 graduate of Riverside High School and graduated cum laude in accounting from West Virginia University in 2007. Ben's funloving personality along with his passion for cooking was perfectly suited for the hospitality and restaurant industry in which he worked.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Nicholas Scott "Nick" Pfohl; paternal grandfather, C. Raymond Pfohl; and maternal grandmother, Donna June Dally.

Surviving are his mother, Kathy Saul of Charleston; father, Tim Pfohl and his wife, Kim, of Argyle, Texas; brothers, Joshua Saul and his wife, Laura, of St. Albans and Mark Pfohl of Argyle; and grandparents, Harold Dally of Sistersville and Margaret Finley and her husband, Louis, of New Martinsville. Ben is also survived by many loving uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A memorial to celebrate Ben's life will be announced and posted through his and Kathy's Facebook pages sometime in the near future. At Ben's request, his ashes will be placed to rest beside his brother, Nick, at Bear Rock at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be considered to Manna Meal, 1105 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV 25301 or a local food pantry of your choice.

Emailed condolences can be sent to the family at fidlerandframe@suddenlink.net.

Ben will be greatly missed by his mother, father, family and all of his many friends.

Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Lee Riggins Print Comment Top of page

Annie Lee Riggins, 84, of St. Albans, formerly of Waycross, Ga., passed away Aug. 19, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House with her loving family by her side.

Annie is survived by two sons, Tom Riggins and his wife, Jean, and Carl Riggins and his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Liz Riggins; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hubbard Hospice House for their outstanding care and personal assistance given to our family.

The family will be entertaining family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the home of their mother, 2509 Harrison Ave., St. Albans. All are invited to stop by and express your memories.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbosnall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Iris Verna Shimer Print Comment Top of page

Iris Verna Reed Shimer, 79, of Charleston, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House on Aug. 14, 2014. She was born Sept. 17, 1934 to the late Harmon and Salina Hanshaw.

Iris was very talented and could do anything she put her mind to. During her years as a young adult, she was employed as a teacher's aide for Clay County Schools. Later in life Iris was a full-time mom, and that was the job she enjoyed most of all because she loved her family more than anything. She was an excellent amateur photographer and also enjoyed crochet, sewing, ceramics and plastic canvas. She loved making things for her friends and family and her memory will live on through the many items she crafted for others.

In addition to her parents, Iris was preceded in death by her sisters, Ollie Rhodes, Rebecca Kyle, Lenna Sumner, Garnie Hamrick, Chattie Stickel and Beulah Woods, and brothers, Patrick Hanshaw and William Hanshaw.

She is survived by her son, Wadsworth "Buck" Reed (Lisa) of New Castle, Del.; daughters, Rena Hubbard (Johnny) of Clay, Caramae Sheldon (Don) of Sewell, N.J., and Clorinda Reed (Marsha) of Charleston; and brothers, Gerald "Jake" Hanshaw and Jack Hanshaw. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service honoring Iris' life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Perrine officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Iris' honor to Kanawha Valley Senior Services Adult Day Program, 2428 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25311 or Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Iris' family would like to give special thanks to Kanawha Valley Senior Services Adult Day Program. KVSS allowed the Reed family to keep their mother in her home longer.

Emilie "Emma" Spence Print Comment Top of page

Emilie "Emma" Damron Spence, 69, of Verdunville, died Aug. 18, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Raynina H. Swann Print Comment Top of page

Raynina H. Swann, 77, passed away Aug. 15, 2014 at her home in Temple Hills, Md. Mrs. Swann, formerly of Institute, W.Va., attended Kanawha County Public Schools, West Virginia State College Teacher Training High School (graduated Cheyenne, Wyo.) and West Virginia State College. She worked as senior Nutrition Program coordinator at the Department of Family Services, Prince George's County, Md. She taught healthy living classes at various assisted living centers through PGC.

Preceded in death by husband, Col. Roscoe A. Swann Jr.; parents, Daniel and Katherine Ferguson; siblings, Daniel L. Jr., Jane, Katherine Lyndall and Stewart Ferguson.

Survived by her son, Kevin E. Swann of Temple Hills; siblings, Warne L. Ferguson of Dunbar, W.Va., Joseph T. and Gurnett E. Ferguson (Phyllis) of Columbus, Ohio, and Sue F. Davis of Institute, W.Va.; and nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Paul U.M. Church, 6634 Barnabas Road, Oxon Hills, Md., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Arrangements provided by Strickland Funeral Services of Camp Springs, Md.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Institute for Courageous Destinies, 6005 Fairlawn Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.

Buster C. Thompson Print Comment Top of page

Buster Cleveland Thompson, 66, of Marlinton, died Aug. 18, 2014. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Covington, Va. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye. His request to be cremated will be honored following the visitation.

Bertha L. Wallace Print Comment Top of page

Bertha L. Wallace, 82, of Kimberly, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 15, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Meredith White Sr. and Emma Kemp White. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Dennis K. Wallace; sisters, Lola Saunders and Emma Elizabeth Minor; and brother, Meredith White Jr.

Bertha was the owner of Bertha's Beauty Shop, where she was a beautician for many years. She was also the owner of Wallace Amusement Arcade and the Wallace Market.

Bertha was a member of Eagle Central Baptist Church, where she was the church clerk and former Sunday school superintendent. She was also a member of the West Virginia Baptist Quartet Convention and she sang with the United Baptist Singers for 55 years. Bertha was also known as The World's Best Cook and a #1 West Virginia Mountaineers fan.

Bertha is survived by her husband, Judson Wallace; daughter, Charlotte "Linda" Wallace; Donald White, who she loved like a brother, and sister-in-law, Shirley White, all of Kimberly; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

A homegoing service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Brookside Ministries, Mount Carbon, with the Rev. Richard Bullard officiating. The viewing will be held at noon.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Mary's Hospital and HealthNet Aeromedical Services.

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Velma D. "Lois" White Print Comment Top of page

Velma D. "Lois" White, 82, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 14, 2014 at Genesis HealthCare at Dunbar Center.

She was born Jan. 1, 1932 in Laing, the first-born daughter of the late Aaron and Bessie Mosley.

She attended Washington High School in London, W.Va., and moved to New York and Ohio afterward. Returning from Ohio, she met and married the late Fred A. White Sr. and from this marriage one boy and three girls were born.

She was retired from Charleston Job Corps Service after 25 years of service and was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred A. White Sr.; brothers, James and Raymond Mosley; and sisters, Surverna Hicks, Katherine Washington and Amanda Cameron.

She leaves to mourn her son, Fred A. White Jr. of Charleston; daughters, Mary and Pamela White, both of Charleston, and Emerald (Joseph) James of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren, Michael, Damita, Shequena, Christopher and Kevin; three great-grandchildren; adopted children, Yolanda, Murriel, Dallas and Kim; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1108 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25301, with the Rev. Roy Terry officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church.

Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda M. Wiley Print Comment Top of page

A beautiful soul has left this earth: Wanda M. Compton Wiley, 82, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 17, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with illness.

She had a passion for gardening and all animals, but hummingbirds and dogs were very special to her.

She was preceded in death by husband, Walter V. Wiley; father, William E. "Wee" Compton; mother, Della L. Compton; and sisters, Garnet L. Jackson Stanley and Tootie Jackson Kidd Peters.

She is survived by daughter, Pamela G. Wiley of Charleston; son, Kerry M. Wiley and wife, Christine, of Belle; son, Curtis D. Wiley of Charleston; one very special granddaughter, Ashley N. Wiley of Charleston; as well as her brother, Dencil B. Compton and wife, Carolyn, of Garland, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

It was her wish to be cremated.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302. Friends and family may call one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wiley family by visiting bartlettburdettecox.com.

Michael L. Wilson Print Comment Top of page

Michael L. Wilson, 41, born Oct. 24, 1972, died unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at his home in West Warwick, R.I. Michael was born in Charleston, W.Va., to Yvonne Wilson. Michael was employed by Lowe's in West Warwick, R.I. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Geraldine Ruffin; grandparents, Phil and Edna Wilson; and his father, Robert Duiguid.

He is survived by parents Robert and Yvonne (Ruffin) Wilson of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Christina Wilson, and son, Anthony Wilson, both of West Warwick; fiancee, Michele Foshey of West Warwick; brother, Robert Wilson Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Talisha Bradley of Atlanta, Ga.; grandfather, Willie Ruffin of Charleston, W.Va.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will soon be scheduled and announced in Charleston, W.Va. Donations may be made to the Children's Trust Fund. Remembrances may be shared at carpenterjenks.com.

Funerals for: August 21, 2014

Adkins, Don L. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Bandy, Sandra Noon, The Father's House, North Charleston.

Bean, Ruth M. 11 a.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Davidson, Charles R. 11 a.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Dickens, Brian D. 1 p.m., Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek.

Hoffman, Eloise 11 a.m., Rotruck

Masinter, Edwin 11 a.m., B'nai Jacob Eternal Home Cemetery, South Charleston.

Morris, Robert A. 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Ronceverte.

Parsons, Alvin C. 11 a.m., McGhee

Pharms, Mechelle M. 1 p.m., St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, Beckley.

Phillips, Terry L. Sr. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Quintrell, Estell D. 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Scott, William J. 10 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.