The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.

October 6, 2010

Obituaries — October 6, 2010

Joe W. Copeland

Joe W. Copeland, 71, of Jodie, died Sept. 27, 2010, after an extended illness.

Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Jodie, he was the son of the late Earl and Mildred (Johnson) Copeland. He also was also preceded in death by his brother, John Paul, and sister, Nell Asher.

Mr. Copeland was a coal miner, having worked for Valley Camp Coal and later at the Donaldson Mine with 20 years of service.

He was also a Navy veteran.

Surviving: his loving wife, Patricia McGraw Copeland of Jodie; son, Michael (Janet) Copeland of Jodie; grandchildren, Makayla and Michael Ryan Copeland of Boomer and Alyssa Bess and Alexis Evans of Jodie; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were Sept. 30 at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Minister Dennis Preast officiating. Burial followed in Rich Creek Cemetery, Jodie, with graveside rites conducted by Ansted VFW Post 7695.

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Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Eugene Paul Griffith

Eugene Paul Griffith, 78, of Bradley, died Oct. 4, 2010, at Heartland of Beckley in Beckley.

Born July 22, 1932, at Powellton, he was the son of the late Coonie and Mamie Irene Tucker Griffith.

He was a retired manager for Plymouth Park Apartments in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, with 24 years’ service.

Mr. Griffith was a member of the Bradley Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving: wife, Frances M. Treadway Griffith; son, Marvin Griffith and wife Della of Chelyan; daughter, Martha Thomas and husband David of Minden; brother, Connie Griffith of Bradley; sisters, Mae Rzucidlow of Florida and Patsy Lenze of Parma, Ohio; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Daniel Legg and Rev. Wayne Peters officiating. Burial will be at Hilltop Cemetery at Hilltop. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Thursday at funeral home.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Walter Martin

Walter Franklin “Marty” Martin, 79, of Charleston, died Sept. 28, 2010.

Born Feb. 27, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of William and Josephine Zitnik Martin. He also was preceded in death by his son, Vince Martin; and a brother, Richard Martin.

Mr. Martin was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and he was retired from Union Carbide at Alloy and formerly employed at H.C. Nutting and Kemron Environmental.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Montgomery and he was a board member of the Paint Creek Watershed Association, a member of the Eagles Aerie 519 in Charleston and the Moose Club in Charleston.

Surviving: sons, N. Douglas Martin and Drew Martin of Montgomery and S. Alan Martin and his wife, Marina, of Charleston; daughter, Andrea Tucker and her husband, Okey Jr., of Vienna; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson; and sisters, Suzanne Payne and Josephine Martin.

Mass of Christian burial was Oct. 2 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic in Montgomery with Fr. Leon Alexander as celebrant.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr., Charleston, WV 25311.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ruth McCann

Ruth McClure McCann, 81, of Boomer, died Oct. 2, 2010, at her home after suffering with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Born Nov. 25, 1928, in Glasgow, she was the daughter of the late Clarence C. and Ida F. McClure. She also was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Cecil McCann, and by a brother, Roger McClure.

Ruth was a 1947 graduate of East Bank High School. She retired from Peoples Life Security Insurance Company with 35 years’ service and took early retirement to care for her elderly parents.

Surviving: her son, Stanley and Betty Jo Garten of Mt. Carbon; grandson, Chris and Katie Garten of Glasgow; granddaughter, Amanda Garten of Mt. Carbon; her special great-grandson, Gavin Garten; sisters, Helen Wilcox of Youngstown, Ohio, and Joanne Arthur of Indianapolis. Ind.

Service was Oct. 5 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. John Massey officiating. Entombment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Memorials can be sent to the Glasgow United Methodist Church, Box 230, Glasgow, WV 25086 in Ruth’s memory.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rosemary Reynolds Privett

Rosemary Reynolds Privett, 64, of Troutdale, Va., formerly of Deepwater, died Sept. 16, 2010, in the Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va., surrounded by her loving and devoted family.

Born May 30, 1946, she was the daughter of the late William Reynolds and Donice Bender. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Wanda Reynolds, and a brother, Jack Reynolds.

She was a 1964 graduate of Montgomery High School. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Razor Ridge Baptist Church, where she served as secretary and sang in the choir for many years. Rosemary was a woman of deep and abiding faith in Christ. She was very humble and a quiet person always concerned about others.

Surviving: her beloved husband, George Privett of the home; sons and spouses, Richard and Gena Privett of Max Meadows, and Carl and Becky Privett of Mocksville, N.C.; daughter and spouse, Nancy and Brad Burkett of Troutdale; grandchildren, Caleb, Riley and Jaden Privett of Max Meadows, and Mason and Melia Privett of Mocksville; sisters, Charlotte and Ronal Jefferies of Ravenna, Ohio, Becky Sigmon and Debbie and Makie McCommack, all of Kimberly; brother and spouse, David and Kathy Reynolds of Ravenna; and a host of extended family members and friends.

Funeral service was Sept. 18 in Razor Ridge Baptist Church, Troutdale, with Rev. Bill Morefield and Rev. C.E. Greene officiating. Burial followed at Young Cemetery, Troutdale.

Arrangements by Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, Va.

Rosa Neil Sears Tincher

Rosa Neil Sears Tincher, 74, of Wooster, Ohio, formerly of Jodie, died Sept. 26, 2010.

Born Oct. 13, 1935, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Hampton Bartlett Sears and Lela Carpenter Sears. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James I. Tincher; son Denny; and brothers and sisters, Kathleen, Alpha, Eugene and Tom.

She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Brethren Church of Wooster.

Surviving: her son and daughter-in-law, James Eric and Jodie Tincher of Wooster; daughter, Cheryl Humphrey of Perrysville, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason, Justin, Wyatt, Stacey and Nora; great-grandchildren, Raven and Walker; sister, Marjorie Coleman of Jodie; brothers, Clyde Delano (Hettie) Sears of Winfield and Charles (Mary) and Chester (Eppie) Sears, all of Diana.

Graveside service was Sept. 30 at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with her nephew, Minister Daniel Sears, officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.