The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.

June 15, 2011

Obituaries

June 15, 2011


John Lee Bragg

John Lee Bragg, affectionately known as “Puddin” by his grandmother, the late Elizabeth M. Chittum, died June 5, 2011, in the Montgomery General Elderly Care Unit at the age of 73.

In his younger years, John Lee attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany, and worked in an administrative capacity for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. In his middle years, John Lee returned to his hometown of Montgomery, and, principally  served for many years as the primary caregiver for his beloved grandmother, now deceased.

In his later years, John Lee benefited greatly from the care and concern of various members of the community of Montgomery, and particularly from the loyal friendship extended by Frankie Fragale and his family. 

Surviving: an uncle, Bennett Chittum, a retired officer of the U.S. Air Force, residing in Rome, N.Y.; and by various first cousins, including Brent Lacy of Ashtabula, Ohio, son of Ira Lee Chittum (deceased) and Ruth Lacy, and Terry Lynne Phalen of New York City, daughter of Ruby Phalen Oliver (deceased). 

Service was June 13 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. James Neeson officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Alexis Krystine Camerot

Alexis Krystine Camerot, 15, of Roosevelt Avenue, West Pittsburg, Pa., died June 2, 2011, at her residence.

Born Dec. 30, 1995, in Charleston, she was the daughter of Joseph and Kimberly (Arthur) Camerot of West Pittsburg.

Alexis was a New Castle High School majorette, and a member of the 9th grade cheerleading squad and the Chess Club.

She was also a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and was an altar server and was very active as a volunteer at the church.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: her sisters, Kayla D. Camerot and Ashton S. Camerot, both of West Pittsburg; her grandparents, Joseph and Deanna Camerot of West Pittsburg, and Pat and Sharon Arthur of Falls View; her aunt, Melissa (Camerot) Pascarella and her husband, Joe; her uncles, Jeff Arthur and his wife, Elisabeth, and Chris Arthur; and cousins, Alaina Pascarella, and Reagan and Reese Arthur.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated June 6 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Father Steve Palsa of St. Vincent de Paul and Father Tom Sparacino, cousin of Alexis, officiated. Entombment was in Parkside Mausoleum.

Online condolences may be made at www.williamrogerdecarbo.com.

Arrangements by William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home, 926 Cunningham Avenue.



Gary Lee Chandler Jr.

Gary Lee Chandler Jr., of Huntington, formerly of Handley, died June 4, 2011.

Born Dec. 7, 1970, he was the son of Gary Lee Chandler Sr. and the late Lois Brown. He also was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold Chandler and Autum and Henry Brown.

He was a lieutenant with the Winfield Police Department and formerly served as police officer in Chesapeake and Handley. He was a member of the Blue Knight Motorcycle Club and a veteran of the United States Army stationed and he was stationed in Germany.

Mr. Chandler was a former civilian contractor in Iraq.

Surviving: daughter, Tiffany Slater and her husband, Michael, of East Bank; wife, Mary Chandler of East Bank; father, Gary Lee Chandler Sr. and his wife, Debbie, of Charleston; grandmother, Lillian Chandler of Big Otter; brothers, Gary Joseph, Gary Scott and Gary Gregory Chandler, all of Charleston; several aunts, uncles and many friends.

Service was June 8 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Bobby Otey and Rev. Paris Workman. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow with military honors.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Lois Crawford

Lois “Sister” June Nutter Crawford died June 10, 2011, in Cabell Huntington Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 30, 1927, she was daughter of the late Frank and Maggie Nutter. Lois also was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Pete Carlos Crawford; and her brothers, James, Lester, and David Nutter.

A lifelong resident of Fayette County, she was a faithful member of Montgomery Baptist Church.

Lois’ life was full with family and friends she kept close to her no matter how far the distance.

Surviving: her sons, James C. Crawford and wife Sherry of Tampa, Fla., Gregory A. Crawford and wife Paula of Raleigh, N.C., and R. Mark Crawford and Tracy L. Crawford, both of Montgomery; grandchildren, Michelle, Michael, Andrea, and Jamie, all of Florida, Leslie, Chelsi, and Allie, all of North Carolina, and Jessie, Jordan, Joseph, and Angelo, all of West Virginia; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Nutter; and sister, Ruth Wiseman.

Service was June 13 at Montgomery Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Swor and Rev. C.J. Rider officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Memorial donations may be made to Dementia Care Foundation at 69531 213th St., Darwin, MN 55324.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Luverna L. Haywood 

Luverna L. Haywood, 93, died four days before her 94th birthday, on June 5, 2011, at home.

Born June 9, 1917, at Dry Branch, she was the daughter of the late Jake and Lucy Hudnall Mullins. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Haywood; five sisters and two brothers.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ at Hansford.

Surviving: daughters, Shelva McMillion and her husband, Kenneth, of Hurricane, and Caroline Penczek and her husband, Tom, of Marmet; sons, Jesse Haywood and Virgil Haywood, both of Gallagher; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service was June 9 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Mark Hughes and Rev. Ralph Washington officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Julie Jarvis

Julie E. “Marge” Jarvis of Montgomery died June 11, 2011.

Born May 26, 1926, in Wallback, she was the daughter of the late L.H. and Willa Cruikshanks. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Ann, Sharon and Helen; brothers, Ben, Charles, Cliff and John; and her grandson, Jeremy Jarvis.

Surviving: her sons, Gary Jarvis and his wife, Ezell, of Glen Ferris, Mark Jarvis of Culpepper, Va., John Jarvis and his wife, Debbie, of Mt. Lookout, and James Jarvis and his wife, Darlana, of Florida; four grandsons; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob and Ralph; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was June 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd and Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Montgomery Elderly Care Unit, Montgomery, WV 25136.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Carl H. Puckett

Carl H. Puckett, of Ansted, formerly a 21-year resident of Alabama, died June 12, 2011, after a four-month battle with leukemia.

Born March 21, 1936, in Kimberly, he was a son of the late Cary and Bessie Drennen Puckett. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Puckett.

He was a caring husband, a devoted father, and a loving grandfather, who was dearly loved by his family and friends in West Virginia and Alabama.

A mechanic, he was retired from Merchants Food Service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Puckett was a child of God and a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church family.

Surviving: his dear wife, of 50 years, Mary; son, Carl Jr. and his wife, Laura; daughter, Sonia and her, husband, Andy Crist; grandchildren, Andrea, Daniel and Amanda Crist; sisters, Eva Gilkeson, Ruby Neal and Emma Jean Parsons; and several nieces, nephews and their families.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at The Chapel of Rest Mausoleum Chapel in Victor with Rev. Ron George Sr. officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 105 S. Eisenhower Dr., P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, W. Pa/WV Chapter, 333 E. Carson St. Suite 441, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Lyle Purcell

Lyle Wilson Purcell, 81, affectionately known as “Doodle Bug” by family and friends, died peacefully in Columbus, Ohio, on June 8, 2011.

Born April 23, 1930, in Smithers, Lyle was the son of the late Clenton and Marie Purcell. His brother, William Leslie Purcell, and nephew, Barry Douglas Purcell, also preceded him in death.

Lyle lived much of his life in Plymouth, Mich., working for the Ford Motor Company from which he retired.

Lyle faithfully served our country with the United States Air Force and was a member of the United Automobile Workers Union, Coal Valley Masonic Lodge # 74, Scottish Rite, and the Beni Kedem Shrine.

After retirement, he returned to Smithers and enjoyed spending time with his loyal friend, chihuahua Cricket, playing pool and watching his favorite college teams play football.

Surviving: his sister, Karleen Purcell Blackwell; nieces, Katherine Dalton Rigsby and husband Paul, and Sarah Dalton Ortlieb and husband Patrick, all of Columbus, Ohio; grand-niece, Emelia Ortlieb of Columbus; nephew, Michael Blackwell of Columbus; niece, Gwendolyn Marie Purcell of Michigan; nephews, Stephen Purcell, Brian Purcell, and Paul Purcell, all of Michigan; and first cousin, Naomi Hager and husband Talmadge of Smithers.

Funeral services was held at the O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, on June 11, with Rev. Chester Bird officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Ethel Violet Schoolcraft Thompson

Ethel Violet Schoolcraft Thompson, 78, of Elkridge, died June 9, 2011, at Montgomery General Hospital.

Born Nov. 8, 1932, in Marting, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elva Tucker Schoolcraft. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Bayles Stirgle Thompson; her brothers, Cecil, Basil, Dencil and Gus Schoolcraft; sisters, Sylvia Schoolcraft and Norma Robinson Legg; and great-granddaughter, Jean Ann Elizabeth Dorsey.

She was a 56-year resident of Elkridge and was a very special and one of a kind person. She loved everyone and life.

Surviving: her daughters, Sue Burgess of Ohio and Dee Schoolcraft and her husband, Bill, of Kimberly, Pat Dorsey and her husband, Dennis, of Powellton; son, Stirgle Thompson and his wife, Debbie, of Elkridge; grandchildren, Suzzanne Burgeso Bowen and husband Kenny, Ryan Burgess, Jennifer Godbey, Stephanie Schoolcraft, Josh Thompson and Savannah Thompson; great-grandchildren, Brendel Bower, Tyler Burgess, Trinity Burgess, Conner Godbey, Nemesio Pender, Nytalyah Johnson, Nyzariyah McNeil, Adrianna Murphy and Zach Dorsey; special nieces and nephews, family and friends; and very special friend, Margaret Hartwell.

Service was June 13 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Greg Frances officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.