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Raymond Ray Adkins Print Comment Top of page

Raymond Ray Adkins, 71, of Henlawson, died Nov. 24, 2014. Service will be noon Saturday, Nov. 29, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

William E. Asbury Print Comment Top of page

William "Bill" Elton Asbury, 55, died in Pocahontas County on Nov. 23, 2014 while on a hunting trip with his family. He was born Aug. 27, 1959 in Charleston and was raised in Marmet. Bill recently resided in Bloomingrose with his fiancee, Susan. He was a retired paramedic for the city of Charleston after serving for 24 years. He was instrumental in the founding of The Charleston Professional Paramedics and EMTs Association Local 900, where he served as president. He was employed by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Bureau for Children and Families. Bill was an avid outdoorsman, where he loved to hunt, fish and golf with his family and friends. He was an enthusiastic Mountaineer fan as well and followed the teams closely. Bill was a cum laude graduate of WVU Institute of Technology with an Associate in Science in industrial relations and human resources.

Bill was recently preceded in death by his parents, Damon and Rhoda Asbury.

Cherishing his memory are his sister, Kathy Taylor (Ronald) of Cross Lanes; two brothers, Rick Meadows of Tallahassee, Fla., and Mark Meadows (Cathy) of Charleston; and fiancee, Susan Layne of Bloomingrose and her children, Holli Layne, Nikki Sampson and Kendra Pannell.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Jason Meadows officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Gilda Louise Badgley Print Comment Top of page

Gilda Louise Badgley, 72, of Eleanor, formerly of Dunbar, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at her home. She was a 1960 graduate of Buffalo High School. She was a former employee of Sunbridge of Dunbar and the Putnam County 911 Center.

Born March 26, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Oden A. "Bud" Workman and Nellie Louise Harmon Workman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, William D. Badgley, and grandparents, Osgrove "Turney" and Lona Workman and Ed and Clara Harmon, along with two nephews.

Survivors include her brothers, Randall (Janet) Workman and Eugene (Barbara) Workman, both of Grandview Ridge, and sisters, Ada (Gary) Bowles, Clara (Daniel) Cook and Mary (Keith) Cook, all of Eleanor.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, HospiceCare, Emma Jane, Debbie, Kim and Melody for their exceptional care and compassion during Gilda's illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Kanawha HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Bethel Cemetery, Buffalo, with Pastor Scott Casto officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Bishop Print Comment Top of page

Donald Bishop, 46, of Clay, entered into rest Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. Burial will be in Blue Knob Cemetery, Blue Knob. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Richard F. Coll Print Comment Top of page

Richard "Dick" Frank Coll, 61, passed away Nov. 22, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Maranatha Fellowship Church, St. Albans. Arrangements by Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Jessie E. Cooper Print Comment Top of page

Jessie Elizabeth (Conner) Cooper, 71, of Leesburg, Va., died peacefully on Nov. 20, 2014.

She was born Dec. 7, 1942 in Charleston, W.Va., to Mary G. and Atlee Conner, who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Floyd and Alice Gibson, and her paternal grandparents, George and Hattie Conner.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Kendall Cooper; son, Jonathan Reese Cooper; loving sisters, Mary Alice (John) Baird, Linda Kay Conner and Lora Lynn (Timothy) Snow; nieces and nephews, Brian Melton, Christina (T.J.) Haller, Julia Snow and Conner Snow; granddaughter, Delaney Cooper; and good and faithful friend, Shelley Delaney.

Jessie attended WVU and received her B.A. in art education. She was a successful teacher, interior designer, Realtor and business owner. One of her many successful designs was the interior of the historic Ariel Theatre in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was a lifelong member of Tiskelwah Chapter No. 45, Order of the Eastern Star. Jessie was generous with her time and talents and befriended many people. She enjoyed her world travels.

A service was held Nov. 22, 2014. Donations can be made in memory of Jessie Cooper to the Ariel Theatre, P.O. Box 424, Gallipolis, OH 45631, or contributions can be made online at arieltheatre.org.

Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg, Va., is in charge of arrangements. Messages to the family may be left on their website at colonialfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy "Dot" Coy Print Comment Top of page

Dorothy "Dot" Leftwich Coy, 85, of Glen Jean, died Nov. 24, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the First Baptist Church of Glen Jean, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Frank H. Dunlap Print Comment Top of page

Frank H. Dunlap, 56, of Holland, Ky., formerly of Dunbar, passed away Nov. 24, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Reta Dunlap.

Frank is survived by his sister, Denise Riley and husband, Mike, of South Charleston; two nieces, Addison and Sarah Riley; and several cousins and their families.

Service will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 28, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Mr. Bob Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Claude C. Frymier Print Comment Top of page

Claude C. Frymier, 79, of Smithville, formerly of Tanner, died Nov. 25, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at the mortuary.

Brian "Tim" Halstead Print Comment Top of page

Brian Timothy "Tim" Halstead, 54, of Letart, W.Va., passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at Soul Harvest Church, Mason, W.Va. The family will receive friends and family from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the church.

Daniel G. Harper Print Comment Top of page

Daniel G. Harper, 76, of Toneys Branch, passed away Nov. 20, 2014.

He was born May 1, 1938 in Joe's Branch to parents, William and Margaret Harper.

He was preceded in death by wife, Linda; son, Diesel Dan; and daughters, Sue and Heather.

He is survived by daughters, Denise Bartley and her husband, Fred, of Racine, Lisa McIntyre and her husband, Roger, of Toneys Branch and Denise of Orgas; sons, Bryan and his wife, Rachelle, of Seattle Wash., Daniel "Turk" Dotson, Howard Shane and his wife, Erica, both of Toneys Branch and Milford Gordon and his wife, Kathy, of Nellis; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Kenneth Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

There will be a private family burial.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Thomas Horn III Print Comment Top of page

Thomas Horn III, 52, of Charleston, passed away unexpectedly late Friday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2014. Arrangements are pending with Snodgrass Funeral Home. A full obituary will be published at a later date.

Rosaleta Javins Print Comment Top of page

Rosaleta Javins, 70, of Duson, La., formerly of Cross Lanes, passed away Nov. 23, 2014.

She was a homemaker, Christian and a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Virgie Ellis Quigley, and her husband, Billy Eugene Javins.

Survivors include her son, Gene Javins of Charleston; stepsons, Billy Javins and wife, Gail, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Steve Javins and wife, Pam, of Taylorsville, Ky.; daughters, Sharon Howard of Duson, La., and Pam Javins of Charleston; stepdaughter, Kathy Funk and husband, Fred, of Indiana; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Gerry White officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

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

Charles E. Lawson Print Comment Top of page

Charles E. Lawson passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Nov. 25, 2014.

He was born Aug. 7, 1923. He was a World War II veteran and a retiree of PPG Industries.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes. Visitation will be one hour prior. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Judith Mansfield Print Comment Top of page

Judith Marie Myers Mansfield passed away at home on Sept. 28, 2014.

She was born Judith Marie Myers on Feb. 6, 1942. She was a twin born to Donald and Mildred (nee Bedrosian) Myers.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Kaye, and her younger brother, Dave.

She leaves her husband, Alec, and her sons, Alexander Jr. and Theodore.

Judy graduated from Defiance High School, Defiance, Ohio, a member of the National Honor Society. She continued that membership throughout her college career at Defiance College and her master's program at West Chester State University.

She spent her first year after graduation teaching in Napoleon, Ohio. She married Alexander Sr. on Aug. 14, 1965. She then moved to Des Moines, Iowa, for what she thought would be a long prosperous life.

Her husband was drafted and subsequently enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the Surgeon General's command and posted to a U.S. Military Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa. She worked for the Army Electronics Command in Philadelphia. While she was working there, she started her master's program, had a child and then completed the program while raising the child.

While she was completing her master's, she had another child. After several years, she moved to Akron, Ohio, because of the death of her father-in-law.

She moved to West Virginia because of an invitation her husband received to work at Shawnee Hills. She worked as a supervised psychologist with Koch Psychological Associates in various venues in the state.

Her delights were going to the theater, movies and traveling. She felt her best experiences were seeing Niagara Falls and with her son, Theodore, in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

She often spoke fondly of the times she spent with Ted that summer and fall. She wanted to see more of the country. Her lists included going to going to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and to the Grand Tetons.

She liked collecting cookbooks of various diets; her favorite things were trying out recipes that fit her diet.

She expressed many times her desire to move to a warmer climate. She detested snow. She was amazed at the warm winter experienced her first year here. She loved to fly but hated trains. She enjoyed shopping. She liked to get new clothes and to have nice things but not "too expensive."

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 29, at Blessed Sacrament, South Charleston, with Father John Finnell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Ruby C. Marple Print Comment Top of page

Ruby Catherine Wise Marple, 93, of Cowen, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at Webster Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 4, 1921 in Wainville to Samuel S. and Iva Sims Wise and lived her entire life in Webster County.

Ruby was active in her church, Cowen Trinity United Methodist, serving as their treasurer for 38 years, and was a member of the Webster County Senior Citizens, Silver-haired Legislature, Cowen Women's Club, as well as the Cowen Garden Club. She was an avid gardener, especially her flowers. She said, "I feel closer to God when I am digging in the soil. Just look around you, you see God's hand in everything."

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, G.S. "Sterling" Marple; parents; brothers, Lee C. Wise and Ray E. Wise; and sister, Ruth Postlewaite.

She is survived by nieces, Mary (husband, George) Cox of Nitro, Vicky (husband, Ben) McCune of Cass, Chirsty (husband, Allen) Hanshaw of Cowen, Patricia (husband, Tom) Hedrick of Akron, Jeanie Quin of Canton, Betty (husband, Rick) Jordan of Camden-on-Gauley and Norma (husband, Eugene) Pettry of Dry Creek; sister-in-law, Janice Wise of Cowen; many great-nieces and -nephews; and her dearest friends of 65 years, Dorothy and Shirley Holmes, who were always there when she needed them.

Special thanks go to Dr. Trenbath, nurses and staff of Webster Nursing & Rehab Center for her final care, and to Jake Bragg (her neighbor) who watched over and helped Ruby when help was needed.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Friday, Nov. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen.

Funeral service to celebrate Ruby's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Oz Gray officiating. Interment will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Sibyl A. Martin Print Comment Top of page

Sibyl A. Martin, 91, of Apple Grove, died Nov. 26, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

John T. McDonald Print Comment Top of page

John Terrance McDonald ("JT") began his journey to Heavenly Father, surrounded by his wife and daughters, on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at the age of 68, after a short illness.

John was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Paul McDonald; mother, Sylvia Ann Ater McDonald; and sister, Sandra Kay McDonald Kerns.

John is survived by his loving wife of almost 39 years, Marcie Karen Withrow McDonald; daughters, Amy Christine Bradley, Ashleigh Elizabeth Anne McDonald and Juleigh Sylvia Joanne McDonald; brother, James P. McDonald Sr. (Ursula); sisters, Barbara A. Hoover and Paula V. McDonald; brother-in-law, Timothy A. Withrow; grandchildren, Christopher D. Bradley, John M. Bradley and David L. Bradley; and additional loving family members.

John was born in Parkersburg on Dec. 17, 1945. He entered the Army National Guard in 1962 and served eight years. He graduated from Elkins High School in 1965. He was a member of Millwright Local 1079 and 1755 for 46 years. He retired from Columbia Gas Transmission with 18 years of service. John was a former 32nd degree Mason and former member of the Beni Kedem Shrine Center. He was a volunteer hospital van driver for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

John was an avid NASCAR fan and memorabilia collector. With lifelong friend Rick Rector he built and raced his own dirt track car for several years. He enjoyed exploring the Hatfield and McCoy trail on his side-by-side with family and friends. John considered himself an "apple butter connoisseur," and family and friends hosted a Celebration of Life party for John in October by making 15 gallons of apple butter under his directions.

John was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 839 Chestnut St., South Charleston, on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. with Bishop Dirk Johnson conducting. Those of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend. A reception will take place at the church, provided by the LDS Ladies Relief Society, following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jordan Giving Hope Foundation, 10735 Barnacle Court, Hobe Sound, FL 33455, or www.jordangivinghope.org., a 5019(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, is serving the McDonald family. Online condolences may be sent to the McDonald family by visiting bartlettburdettecox.com.

Eddie A. McNeely Print Comment Top of page

Eddie Arnold McNeely, 51, of Danville, died Nov. 24, 2014 at Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery, Bias Branch.

Mary B. Morgan Print Comment Top of page

Mother Mary B. Morgan, 85, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by her family who loved her, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

Mrs. Morgan was born Feb. 22, 1929 in Sutton to Richard and Gertrude Young. Mary was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She loved the Lord, reading her Bible, all types of sports, especially bowling and baseball, traveling on cruises and crossword puzzles. She graduated from Richwood High School, Richwood, and attended West Virginia State College, Institute. In her early years she was a housekeeper and later worked for Charleston Area Medical Center. She also served as a foster grandparent with Chandler Elementary School in West Virginia for many years. She attended Metropolitan Baptist Church until moving to Texas to live with her daughter, Denise, in 2006, where she joined The Potter's House of Dallas, under the pastorate of Bishop TD Jakes.

Those preceding her in death include her husband, Minters E. Morgan; Alee Foster Sr., brother-in-law; John R. Young, brother; Dorothy Foster (Joel Sr.), sister; and Robert W. Young (Ruby), brother.

She is survived by her children: two sons, Stephen E. (Cheryl) Morgan, Bruce E. Morgan, and one daughter, Mary Denise (Holloway) Gray; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Charleston, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Tyler Mountain Funeral Home is assisting the Morgan family.

Richard L. Nicholas Print Comment Top of page

Richard Lee Nicholas, 37, of Indore, entered into rest Nov. 21, 2014. Service will be noon Friday, Nov. 28, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. Burial will be in Kieffer Cemetery, Indore. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Sharyl Jo O'Dell Print Comment Top of page

Sharyl Jo O'Dell, 49, of Bristol, Va., formerly of Quinwood, died Nov. 25, 2014. Private graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville. There will be no visitation, but you may view at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, prior to the service.

Mary Agnes Salisbury Print Comment Top of page

Mary Agnes Cooper Salisbury, 98, of Hampton, Va., died Nov. 25, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Dale Smith Print Comment Top of page

Dale Smith, 75, of Newton, died Nov. 25, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Freda E. Cottle Sovine Print Comment Top of page

Freda Ellen Cottle Sovine, 91, of Scott Depot, went to be with Jesus at 11:35 p.m. Nov. 25, 2014, surrounded by her family.

She was born May 20, 1923 in South Charleston to the late Wornie and Florence Harris Cottle. She was also preceded in in death by her loving husband, Rival Raymond "Pete" Sovine; granddaughter, Kimberly Sovine; brother, Rufus Cottle; sister, Virginia Fulks; and son-in-law, Jerry "Perk" Bays.

Freda was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Scott Depot Christ Fellowship. She was a 1942 graduate of Hurricane High School.

She is survived by her daughter, Jinkie Bays of Melbourne Beach, Fla., and sons and daughters-in-law, Warren "Butch" and Karen Sovine and Raymond "Bud" and Barbara Sovine of Scott Depot, and Cecil "Buster" and Cheryl Sovine of Fraziers Bottom. Also surviving are nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Freda was loved and respected by all who knew her. She had owned and operated Sovine Electric since 1958, and it is still operated by her son, Buster.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Dr. Rodney Taylor, the Rev. Larry Hammett and Pastor Grey Echols officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Cemetery, Scott Depot.

Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Sovine family.