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Milton Aliff Jr. Print Comment Top of page

Milton Gilbert Aliff Jr., (Junior) 57, of Clendenin, born October 12, 1957, passed away November 20, 2014. Junior was a retired coal mining foreman and heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by his special little dog, Scooter; three daughters, Tanya Gail and fiancé, Scottie Pickelsimer of Ga., Ada Marie of Clendenin, and Teresa Ann and husband, Tim Justice of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Emily Danielle Wolford, Justin Matthew Frazier, Nicholas Andrew Wolford, Megan Lynn Frazier, Brittany Nicole Mitchell, Tiler Wayne Justice, and Autumn Cheyenne (Lil' Lucy) Justice; two sisters and one brother, Sarah Aliff of Texas, Katherine Aliff Bevel, and husband, Doug of Cedarville, and David Aliff, and wife, Annabel of Eunice; along with three nieces and four nephews; and numerous friends. Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Milton Gilbert and Lucille Taylor Aliff; brothers, Milton, Robert, and Nevie Aliff.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, at Church of God Prophecy, Sylvester, W.Va., with Pastor Joe Stewart officiating. Interment will be a Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

Lenora Baughman Print Comment Top of page

Lenora Baughman, 86, of Lansing, Mich., formerly of Webster Springs, died Nov. 20, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues., Nov. 25, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service Tues. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home.

Phyllis Beverly Print Comment Top of page

Phyllis D. Beverly, 90, died November 22, 2014, at Midland Meadows Senior Living in Ona. She had been a 3rd grade teacher in Jackson County for 30 years, and was preceded in death by her husband, Bowman Beverly.

Surviving are son, Bob and wife, Cindy of Morgantown; daughters, Anne (Brian) Loshbough of Ona and Beth (James) Abshire of Ripley; grandchildren, Matt (Jessica) Drummond, Zach Drummond, Michael (Jessica) Abshire, Bryan (Sydney) Abshire; and four great-grandchildren. Phyllis was a member of Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston.

Frank G. Bukovac Print Comment Top of page

Frank G. Bukovac, 78, of Hurricane, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, West, South Charleston.

Born November 30, 1935, in Whiting, Ind., he was a son of the late Matthew and Milka Bukovac. He was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Christine Lambert; and brother-in-law, Al Alvord.

Frank was retired from a successor of Union Carbide with 40 years of service. He was a member of the Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane. He served his country with the United States Army stationed in Alaska on an early warning radar unit.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Norma; his children, Robert of Las Vegas, Nev., Christine of Columbus, Ohio; his sisters, Ann (Wayne) Evans of Milton, Ga., Mary Alvord of St. Peters, Mo.; his brother, Matthew Bukovac, Jr. (Mary) of Highland, Ind.; his brother-in-law, George Lambert of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, at The Catholic Church of the Ascension, 905 Hickory Mill Road, Hurricane, with Rev. Father Harry Cramer. Interment will be in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hubbard Hospice House, West, 4065-A MacCorkle Avenue, SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Darrell Casdorph Sr. Print Comment Top of page

Darrell "Curtis" Casdorph Sr., 73, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord November 22, 2014.

He was born February 21, 1941, in Charleston, and was the son of Van Casdorph and Dicie Light, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Beatrice Priecko of Pa., and Barbara Kennedy of Charleston.

Curt was a dedicated pipefitter and mechanic for 36 years at DuPont Plant. He was a wonderful father and loving husband who would do anything for his family or for a stranger. He loved playing the guitar and making practical jokes. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards at his camp on the Greenbrier River in Talcott, W.Va., with his friends. He always lit up the day with his storytelling and his sense of humor. He will live on forever in our hearts.

He is survived by his loving wife, Teresa Robinson; four children, Josie Travis and husband, Rodney, Lorie Casdorph, Louise Casdorph and son, Curt Casdorph, II, and wife, Cindy; four grandchildren, Amanda Newcomb, Erica Martin, Craig Martin, and Zachary Jones; two brothers, Kenneth Casdorph and wife, Donna, Keith Casdorph and wife, Lou; three sisters, Doris Pauley, Darlena Canterbury and husband, Bud, and Mary Van Williams.

A service of remembrance will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday November 25, at Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden. Burial will follow at Casdorph Cemetery, Sissonville.

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

The online guest book for Darrell Curtis Casdorph Sr., can be accessed at

Robert "Bob" Crowder Print Comment Top of page

Robert "Bob" Burl Crowder, 74, of Dunbar, passed away November 22, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House.

Bob retired from DHHR Office of Laboratory Services after 48 years of service. He was member of the Dunbar Masonic Lodge #159, a 33rd Degree member of Scottish Rite, KCCH Investment Team, Tyrian Chapter #13 R.A.M., Kanawha Commandry #4, Charles W. Wise #137 York Rite College, and O.E.S. #79. He was known for his cooking skills for his Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star Chapters. Bob was also an avid outdoor sportsman. He delighted in the activities and successes of his daughters and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burl "Toddy" Crowder and Hattie Ingram Crowder.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marie Campbell Crowder; daughters, Annie Reynolds (Tim) of Defiance, Ohio and Carrie Price (Zachary) of Ocala, Fla.; grandchildren, Luke and Sophie Reynolds, and Kenneth, Gavin, and Trevor Price; sisters, Ruth Gallimore (Johnie) of Naoma, Nancy Keyser (Phillip) of Cross Lanes, and Joyce Allenbaugh (Ralph) of Vienna. Bob is also survived by a special mother-in-law, Sarah "Nannie" Campbell; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be missed by P'Nut and Pearle Mae.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. The Scottish Rite Bodies will conduct a service at 7:45 p.m.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Rev. Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes with Masonic graveside rites performed by the Dunbar Masonic Lodge #159.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks that you please come with memories to share and consider a donation to Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston or a charity of your choice.

Nellie Lou Edelman Print Comment Top of page

Nellie Lou Edelman, 93, of Charleston, died Sat., Nov. 22, 2014. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with arrangements.

David Fleshman Print Comment Top of page

David Lewis Fleshman, 62, of Blue Sulphur Springs, died Thurs., Nov. 20, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Wed., Nov. 26, at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tues., Nov. 25, at the funeral home. Arranements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Frank Guthrie Print Comment Top of page

Frank Guthrie, 57, of Charleston, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, at home.

He was a retired owner of Frank's Flowers in Charleston and also had retired as Program Director from the State of West Virginia.

Frank was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, a graduate of Triadelphia High School in Wheeling and attended college for a short time. He was also a past president of the Kanawha Players Community Theatre and participated annually as a decorator of the Craik-Patton House during Christmas. A mentor and someone to emulate, Frank was seen as everyone's best friend and an advocate for equality.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Velva Nickie Guthrie; and brother, Larry Allen Guthrie.

He is survived by his husband, Waltt Vest of Charleston; son, Jason (Amy) Davidson of Rockport, Ill; birthmother, Wanda Mace of Spencer; sister, Terry Lowe; brothers, Tommy, Travis and Tim Fouty; aunts, Linda Johnson and Peggy Guthrie; and grandchildren, Ashley, Katlyn and Jason Davidson.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston with Minister Katonya Hart officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, November 24, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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.

Dollie Dart-Iddings Print Comment Top of page

Dollie Fay Dart-Iddings, 79, of Flatwoods, passed away at her residence, Friday, November 21, 2014, and she is now at rest in the presence of her Lord and Savior.

She was born February 14, 1935, in Ward, W.Va., to the late John and Edith Heideman-Dart.

Dollie was a homemaker and a longtime active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Ashland, where she took part in various church groups.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Iddings in 2003; as well as two brothers; and two sisters.

Left behind to cherish her memory is a devoted and loving family including two daughters, Charlotte and Don Martell of Hot Spring Village, Ark., and Peggy Coburn of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Steven and Nancy Iddings of Flatwoods, Ky.; three sisters, Alice Johnson of Ravenswood, Thelma Young of Dunbar, and Joann Brooks of Culloden; two brothers, Charles Dart of Bristolville, Ohio and Robert Dart of Johns Island, S.C.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as many friends and church family, all of whom will miss her dearly.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 26, at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Pastor David Herndon delivering words of comfort and reassurance to those in attendance, burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, at the funeral home.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at

Helen Mae Neely Print Comment Top of page

Helen Mae Neely, 95, of French Creek, died Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the home of her daughter. She was born September 27, 1919, in Blue Creek, a daughter of the late Benjamin A. and Josie Hayes Melton. Due to the early death of her parents, she was raised by her uncle and aunt, Mont C. and Allie Hayes Melton, who also preceded her in death. Her teenage years were spent in residence at the WV Wildlife Center/Game Farm at French Creek, where her uncle, Mont C. Melton, was the Superintendent during the 1930s and 1940s. On September 9, 1947, she was united in marriage to Howard K. Neely, who preceded her in death on February 25, 2001.

She is survived by one daughter, Joyce K. Harlow of French Creek; one son, Kenneth L. and wife, Rose Neely of French Creek; two grandchildren, David Neely and Kimberly Rohr, both of French Creek; seven great-grandchildren, Darian Spurlock, Daniel Hardman, Emily Neely, Jon Neely, Shaelyn Posey, Katherine Neely, and Hunter Rohr; one sister, Alene "Ene" Slater of Santa Clarita, Calif.; and special nephew and niece, Michael E. Walker and Brenda Jo Ritchie. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jacquelyn Harlow DeBarr; and five brothers; and five sisters.

Mrs. Neely was a 1939 graduate of Buckhannon High School and a graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing. She was a member of the French Creek DAV Ladies' Auxiliary and was a Baptist by faith. She will be remembered as a special loving mother and grandmother.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, November 24, at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be held at the funeral chapel 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, with the Rev. Mitchell Griffin, the Rev. Robert F. Heavner, and the Rev. Dr. Joseph Shreve officiating. Interment will follow in the Waterloo Cemetery. The family would like to especially thank the staff of People's Hospice of the United Hospital Center and suggest in lieu of flowers, donations be made to People's Hospice at 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330. Online condolences may be extended to the Neely family at The Neely family has entrusted the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.

Ruby A. Runyon Print Comment Top of page

Ruby A. Runyon, 96, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday November 22, 2014.

Heaven gained a wonderful lady today, a woman who was strong in heart and soul. Ruby Runyon would have given you her left shoe if you needed it even after having given her right. She was a lady well versed in kindness, she spoke with meekness, and her words never tore down. She was a lady of insurmountable goodness of heart, and she could make the best egg sandwiches after a long day, and if you think you're any good at Huckle Buckle Bean Stalk, well, you must have not met our Maw-maw Runyon. She was a lady of the highest tier, a kind and tender soul. Her purple hair, her big rimmed glasses and the smile that only comes from a heart full of goodness, will never pass from our thoughts. Anything beyond the paragraphs we could write on and on that would only begin to describe her, she already knows. We love you in words we cannot describe. Until we meet again...

Ruby was born in Charleston, August 21, 1918, to Frank and Nora Hundley Gunnoe. She was a 30 year member of the Open Door Apostolic Church, Charleston and during the last 3 and a half years has been a member of the Key Stone Apostolic Church, Charleston.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by twin brothers, Harvey and Harold Gunnoe.

She is survived by her son, Steve (Brenda) Runyon of Hurricane; grandchildren, Rebecca (Travis) Truman of Charleston, Rachel (John) Rice of Dunbar, Elizabeth (Wayne) Webb of Charleston and Matthew (Amber) Runyon of Charleston; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Sarah Marie Cunningham of Ft. Pierce, Fla.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, November 24, with a celebration of life service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Key Stone Apostolic Church, Charleston with Brother James Chessor and Brother Gary Johnson officiating. Committal service and burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, at the Nunley Cemetery, Charleston.

The online guest book for Ruby A. Runyon can be accessed at

David Wayne Saddler Print Comment Top of page

David Wayne Saddler, 51, of West Hamlin, died Fri., Nov. 21, 2014. Service will be held at a later date.

Arcie Surgeon Print Comment Top of page

Arcie Terry Surgeon, of Quincy, Ohio, died Nov. 15, 2014. Interment and graveside service for immediate family only were held Sat., Nov. 22, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Sam Black Church, W.Va.

Ray D. Tinsley Print Comment Top of page

Ray D. Tinsley, 75, of Dunbar, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Visitation and service will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tues., Nov. 25, at West Chester Baptist Church, High Point, N.C. Burial will follow at Floral Gardens Cemetery, High Point, N.C.

Sylvia McClung Todd Print Comment Top of page

Sylvia McClung Todd, passed away peacefully November 19, 2014. She was born on June 21, 1925, in Persinger, W.Va.

She is predeceased by her husband, John W. McClung; parents, Lena M. Eakin and Joseph Irvin Cox; and brother, Irvin Cox. She leaves her devoted husband of 25 years, Walter Todd of Fort McCoy, Fla.

She is survived by her children Ted (Tanya) McClung of Mt. Lookout, W.Va., Susan Lee McClung of Jupiter, Fla., Dr. Reginald (Diane) McClung of Charleston, Rex (Doris) McClung of West Palm Beach, Fla.; stepchildren, Pam Burrell of Jacksonville, Fla. and Sandi (Roger) Gutherie of Orlando, Fla. She will be remembered by her grandchildren, Tina, Teresa, Kristen, Jon, Nathan, Holly, Amy, and Susan.

Service will be held 1 p.m. November 25, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home located at 5740 S. Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34480; contact number (352)622-8181. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Marion County, Estelle House, 2897 SE 62nd St. Ocala, Fl. 34480.

Funerals for: November 24, 2014

Adkins, Beulah 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Boggess, E. Noon, Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Boggess, Mildred 2 p.m., Floral Hills Garden of Memories Mausoleum Chapel, Pocatalico.

Boggess, Mildred 2 p.m., Floral Hills Garden of Memories Chapel, Pocatalico.

Bonhag, Lavern 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Cowley, Virginia K. 1 p.m., Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Cunningham, Anna 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Fox, Deloris 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Hendricks, Gerald J. 11 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, South Charleston.

Kaiser, Crystie 11 a.m., Dubar United Methodist Church, Dunbar.

Kovaleski, Daniel 1 p.m., Waters Funeral Home Chapel, Summersville.

McCroskey, Eva 11 a.m., Richwood Cemetery, Richwood.

McCullough, John Sr. 11 a.m., Groves Funeral Chapel, Union.

Norvell, Linda 1 p.m., Gatens

Proctor, Pauline 11 a.m., Loudendale Church of the Nazarene, Loudendale.

Ray, Harold O. 11 a.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Runyon, Ruby A. 7 p.m., Key Stone Apostolic Church, Charleston.

Stewart, Heather 3 p.m., Park Avenue Church of Christ, Charleston.

Taylor, Minnie 1 p.m., Broyles

Thaxton, Dorothy 2 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.