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Rickie Lee Adkins Print Comment Top of page

Rickie Lee Adkins, 61, of West Hamlin, died July 20, 2014. Service will be noon Wednesday, July 23, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the funeral home.

Janet Lee Asbury Print Comment Top of page

Mrs. Janet Lee Asbury, 79, of Uneeda, died July 19, 2014. Per her wishes, there will be no service. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville, is serving the Asbury family.

Adrian Gene Bender Print Comment Top of page

Adrian Gene Bender, 67, of Erbacon, died July 19, 2014. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Reba Blevins Print Comment Top of page

Reba Jennings Moye Blevins of Daniels died July 20, 2014. Service will be noon Thursday, July 24, at Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, with visitation beginning two hours prior. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jackie Brewster Print Comment Top of page

Jackie Brewster, 70, of Logan, died July 19, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

Melvin Farley Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Melvin Farley Jr., 61, of Harts, died July 19, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Cole Branch Church, Harts, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Arrangements by Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Marian E. Haddad Ghiz Print Comment Top of page

Marian Elizabeth Haddad Ghiz, 87, departed this life on July 21, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Clothier and grew up in South Charleston and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Haddad.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Harvey Ghiz, and brother, Clifford A. Haddad.

Marian graduated from South Charleston High School and attended Marshall College, now Marshall University. She was a past member of the Fort Hill Garden Club and the Beaumont Garden Club. She was also a charter member of the Charleston Light Opera Guild, having performed in early productions. Marian served on the Women's Committee of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Marian was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, sang in the chancel choir for 25 years and was a member of the Altar Guild. While a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, she was a member of the Vestry, served on the Altar Guild and was a Stephens Minister. In recent years she has attended St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

Marian is survived by her children, Daphne Ghiz Boder (Robert) of Charleston, Jennifer Ghiz Bates (Steven) of Atlanta, Ga., Theodore H. Ghiz Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., and Sarah Ghiz Korwan (Geoffrey) of Charleston; grandchildren, Emily Boder Ewing (Ryan), Lauren Boder Louka (Patrick), Sam Boder, Ann Bates, Molly Bates, Catherine Korwan and Ann Elizabeth Korwan; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Walter Haddad (Anita) of Santa Monica, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, Charleston, with Father John Hagan officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Sprinkling of ashes will be at St. Matthews Columbarium following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Road, Charleston, WV 25314 or St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, Charleston, WV 25314.

Memories of Marian may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Johnny Lenwood Hill Print Comment Top of page

Johnny Lenwood Hill, born Oct. 26, 1929, and 84 years old, of Seth, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Rosalie (Aleshire) Hill; sons, Douglas (Brenda) Hill of Bloomingrose, Steven (Sue) Hill of Stanley, N.C., Gregory (Cindy) Hill of Richburg, S.C., and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Hill of Rock Hill, S.C.; daughter, April McComas of Tornado; grandchildren, George (VanDale) Hill of Madison, Rusty Hill of Bloomingrose, Zachary Hill of Richburg, S.C., Karson Hill of Richburg, S.C., Samantha Hill of Rock Hill, S.C., Logan Hill of Rock Hill, S.C., Cory McComas of Tornado and Shannon McComas of Tornado; great-grandchildren, Clinton Hill of Seth and Madilyn Hill of Madison; sister-in-law, Barbara Sue Hill of Meadow Bridge; and several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Teresa Hudnall for all her help and care.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. James Richard Hill and Cenia Salome (Foley) Hill of Beckley, and brother, Donald Lee Hill of Meadow Bridge.

He graduated from Sherman High School, Seth, in 1947. He served in the Vietnam War and retired as a master sergeant from the United States Air Force after serving 20 years on April 30, 1971. He retired from the West Virginia State of Emergency Services on Sept. 30, 1995, after working 23-and-a-half years. He graduated from the West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, with a degree in history and government. He was a member of Daniel Boone Post No. 5578 VFW, Madison, the American Legion and several organizations.

He loved to hunt, fish, bowl, garden, paint, read, work crossword puzzles, sing karaoke and tell jokes. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. Troy Howerton officiating. Interment will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with military graveside rites by VFW Post No. 5578, Madison.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the funeral home.

Sammy "Red" Jenkins Print Comment Top of page

Sammy "Red" Clayton Jenkins, 74, of Madison, died July 18, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

William "Bill" Jividen Print Comment Top of page

William P. "Bill" Jividen, 77, of Liberty, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was a 1956 graduate of Poca High School, where he played football. He worked most of his life in the construction business as a union cement finisher. Bill loved his horses and was an avid horse trader.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Margaret Hayes Jividen; daughter and his "buddy," JoAnn (Butch) Thompson of Winfield; sister, Jane (Rodney) Smith of Liberty; special grandchildren, Shane Thompson and Leanne Thompson and her fiance, Steve; three great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his special nephews, Mark and Michael Smith, and his longtime friends and their families, Sambo Bailey and Alvie Witt.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Jane and Rodney Smith, Sweetbriar Assisted Living, the staff of CAMC General and the staff of Hubbard Hospice House West for all of the their assistance, care and compassion during Bill's illness. They would also like to thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Mount Zion Church, Given, with Pastors Alvie Witt and Pete Cobb officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel), Eleanor.

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

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

Charles "Andy" Johnson Print Comment Top of page

Charles "Andy" Johnson of Elkview passed away June 30, 2014. Per his request, a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Ruffner Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Quarrier and Greenbrier Streets, Charleston. A party will be held on the second floor of the Charleston Moose immediately following the memorial service. An obituary and more information to follow.

Randy Alan Jordan Print Comment Top of page

Randy Alan Jordan, 59, of Georges Creek, Charleston, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Judith Ann Mitchell Print Comment Top of page

Judith Ann Mitchell, 79, passed away July 17, 2014, in Henderson-ville, N.C. She was born May 6, 1935, in Richmond, Va., daughter to Ronald Frederick and Margaret Kincaid Atkins.

She worked as a dental hygienist and was a dedicated mother, sister and wife. In retirement she volunteered and gave to local community organizations such as Opportunity House, the Humane Society, Therapy Dog and numerous birding programs with her husband, Reece. She will be remembered for never failing to appreciate the beauty around her in a sunset, flowers along her path, the birds she fed or the people she stopped to talk with.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Reece Graham; daughter, Margaret Mitchell of Springfield, Ore.; son, Ronald Mitchell of Asheville, N.C.; her grandson, David; and her two brothers, John and Jerry Atkins of Charlton Heights, W.Va.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Thos. Shepherd Church Street Chapel, with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, located at 125 S. Church St., Hendersonville, N.C., with Pastor Dan Martin officiating. Burial and services will be held in Gauley Bridge, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers or food, memorials in her memory may be made to the Asheville Humane Society or Therapy Dog programs.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.

Volnia "Bonny" Parsons Print Comment Top of page

Volnia "Bonny" Parsons, 80, of Branchland, died July 20, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the funeral home.

Betty Lou Price Print Comment Top of page

Betty Lou Price, 79, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the Price family.

Betty Lou Ramsey Print Comment Top of page

Ms. Betty Lou Ramsey, Professor Emerita and Founder of the Interior Design Program at West Virginia University and a resident of Belington, W.Va., departed this life Saturday, July 19, 2014, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Most of her professional career was spent at WVU, beginning in 1956 as an instructor and advancing through the ranks to full Professor and choosing early retirement in 1985.

She began her career at Buckhannon Upshur High School after graduating from WVU in 1951. During this period, she also served as a Critic Teacher at West Virginia Wesleyan College. After earning a graduate degree at the University of Tennessee, she returned to WVU in 1955. While at the University of Tennessee, she was an assistant to Marian Heard, widely known leader of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and managed the Craft House. This experience lead to the leadership she later gave to the establishment of the present craft program and industry in West Virginia. During a three year appointment as Extension Home Furnishings Specialist, she worked with Extension Administrators to lay foundation for the early development of this industry which has received national recognition and prominence.

In the early 1960's Dr. Francena Nolan Miller asked her to develop an Interior Design Program and Studio in the College of Human Resources. During this time she studied at the Universities of Minnesota, Hawaii, Temple's Tyler School of Art and traveled widely to develop specializations in historical and contemporary interiors.

During her 34 year career, she was recognized by numerous honorary societies, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Upsilon Omicron, a charter member of Alpha Omicron chapter of Omicron Nu and several times received Outstanding Teacher Awards. She held membership in Interior Design Educators Council, American Housing Educators, WVU Emeritus Club and the Irving Stewart Society.

Later in life, she became an avid flower gardener and genealogist tracing her Scottish ancestry to the early beginnings of Monongalia County, circa 1769 at Robinson Run. She was a member of the James Barbour Chapter of the DAR and Clan Ramsey Association of North America, was a graduate of the Belington High School and had formerly attended the Asbury United Methodist Church in Belington. On February 23, 1929, in Barbour County, she was born to her parents, of the late Beatrice Wilson and Willie Ray Ramsey. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Effie Lucille Ramsey; her maternal grandparents, Effie Coonts and Francis Creed Wilson; and her paternal grandparents, Barbara Sturm and Thomas Ramsey.

Friends may call the Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg Street, Belington, W.Va., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday July 24, 2014, with a graveside service to follow in the Fraternal Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved sister and grandparents. The Rev. Carl Gittings and the Pastor Judy Flynn will officiate. Interment will then follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Willie Ray Ramsey and Beatrice Wilson Ramsey Endowment Scholarship at Alderson Broadus University Philippi, West Virginia.

The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington has been called upon to handle these arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.

James T. Robinson Jr. Print Comment Top of page

James T. "Junior" Robinson Jr., 90, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Glasgow. Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Kathy Brown Sams Print Comment Top of page

Kathy Brown Sams, 59, of Elkview, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Duke University Hospital.

She retired after 33 years of service with the West Virginia Department of Education. Kathy enjoyed traveling, interior decorating, painting and was a member of Antioch Advent Christian Church, Aaron's Fork.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl D. Brown; father-in-law, Hugh Sams; and nephew, Jason Reed.

Surviving are her loving husband of 19 years, Rick Sams; mother, Catherine McCarty Brown; sisters, Karen Brown Hodges and husband, Rick, of Charlotte, N.C., and Janice Brown Moore and husband, David, of Cassatt, S.C.; nephews, Dustin Hodges and Landon Moore and wife, Regan, and their daughter, Maya; niece, Tiffany Mottram and husband, Chris, Merideth Moore and Candice Harper; grand-niece, Kaylee Harper; grand-nephews, Wyatt Mottram and Josh Harper; mother-in-law, Arlene Sams; and brother-in-law, Mike Sams and wife, Wanda.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Antioch Advent Christian Church with Pastor Jim Shamblin, Pastor Naham Balser and Pastor Mike Todorovich officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the family.

James S. Schmitz Print Comment Top of page

James Samuel Schmitz, 80, of Sinks Grove, died July 20, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Africa Scott Print Comment Top of page

Africa Scott, 36, of Charleston, died July 19, 2014. Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Joel A. Scott Print Comment Top of page

Mr. Joel A. Scott, 90, of Poca, passed away July 20, 2014, at home. Private services will be held at Showen Cemetery. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Scott family.

Art Shaffer Print Comment Top of page

Art Shaffer passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, in an accident while vacationing in Carolina Beach, N.C. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the funeral home.

Phillip R. Shepherd Print Comment Top of page

Phillip Ray Shepherd, 52, of Sandyville, died July 19, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the funeral home.

Pitt Rogers Simons Print Comment Top of page

Pitt Rogers Simons, 82, of Craigsville, died July 18, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Jackson Lee Simpson Print Comment Top of page

Jackson Lee "Jack" Simpson, 82, of Charleston, formerly of St. Albans, passed away July 20, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

He retired from Columbia Gas Transmission after 38 years of service. He was a member and treasurer of Faith Presbyterian Church for 30 years and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict, where he was a cryptographer.

Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma Jean Simpson; daughter, Diana Lynn Muetzel; and sister, Jewell Copenhaver.

He is survived by his wife, Tessa Simpson; grandson, John David (Lori) Muetzel of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandson, Jackson Isaiah Muetzel; many nieces and nephews; stepdaughters, Wanda (Tracy) Cunningham and Bonnie Roe, both of Sissonville; and step-granddaughter, Macy Cunningham.

A celebration of Jack's life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with the Rev. Chad Cowan officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will be held in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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

Jamie Leroy Spencer Print Comment Top of page

Jamie L. Spencer, 50, of Charleston, died July 16, 2014, of a short illness.

A graduate of Nitro High School, 1983, and a veteran of the United States Navy, he was preceded in death by his parents, Betty L. and Elmer L. Spencer. He is survived by his brothers, Joey, Mike and Brian Spencer, and sister, Susie Wright.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, with the visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, at a later date.

Norman R. Thomas Print Comment Top of page

Norman Russell Thomas, 71, of Charleston, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his residence. He was retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education with 20 years of service and was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rayburn and Virginia Thomas.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Daphene Thomas; sons, Timothy A. and wife, Tia D. Thomas, of Charlotte, N.C., and Michael S. Thomas of Charleston; daughter, Robin Lynn Searls of Charleston; brothers, Gregory Thomas of Sissonville, Douglas Thomas of Richmond, Va., and David Thomas of Charleston; sisters, Rebeccah Harris and Diana K. Thomas of Mansfield, Ohio; grandchildren, Chase Searls, Amber Pandele, Robert Thomas, Brandon Thomas, Anthony Searls, Melissa Thomas and Shane Michael Thomas; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Harold Burton Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., prior to the service, at Good Shepherd Mortuary.

Funerals for: July 22, 2014

Adkins, Clovis J. Noon, Whitman Community Church, Whitman.

Bender, Adrian G. 1 p.m., Greene

Crawford, Ruth 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted.

Elswick, Gracie M. 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Holdren, Lula B. 3 p.m., Crown Hill Freewill Baptist Church, Crown Hill.

Morey, Crystal L. 1 p.m., Fayetteville Christ Fellowship, Fayetteville.

Simons, Pitt R. 2 p.m., Simons

Smith, Basil O. III Noon, Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Red House.

Vance, Lloyd L. 4 p.m., Charleston Mountain Mission Church, Charleston.