The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.

October 28, 2008

Obituaries — Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Delbert R. Dorsey Jr.

Delbert R. “Skipper” Dorsey Jr., 43, of Hilltop, died Oct. 22, 2008, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born May 17, 1965, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Delbert R. and Patricia Waugh Dorsey.

Mr. Dorsey was a disabled coal truck driver and attended the Living Word Church, Zela.

Surviving: his wife, Diane Dorsey; stepsons, Scottie Bragg of Montgomery and Tracy Bragg of Kimberly; grandchildren, Timothy, Ashley and Makayla Bragg; and sisters, Connie McGuire and Loretta Hamilton, both of Powellton, Sandra Bowers of Jodie, Kathy Kiser of Alta and Tina Gambrel of Summersville.

Service was Oct. 26 at the Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. James Gilkerson and the Rev. Howard Presley officiating. Burial was in Vencill Cemetery, Dixie.

Arrrangements by Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge.

Robert H. Elswick

Robert H. Elswick, 94, of Dixie, died Oct. 21, at his home.

Born Sept. 9, 1914, in Dixie, he was a son of the late James H. and Grace Olive Skaggs Elswick. He also was preceded in death by a son, Robert H. “Bob” Elswick; and his brothers, James H. “Jimmy” Elswick Jr. and Paul Elswick.

Mr. Elswick was co-founder and president, along with his brother, Jimmy, of Elswick Lumber Company, Dixie, which was established in 1942.

He was a member of the Holiness Church, Dixie, and was the oldest resident of Dixie.

Surviving: sons and their wives, Carl Wayne and Frances Elswick and David and Kathy Elswick of Mount Nebo; daughters and their husbands, Cora Sue and Norman Niemeyer of Yadkinville, N.C., and Angela and Keith Ballengee of Dixie; brother, Everett Gene Elswick of Grand Blanc, Mich.; sisters, Ruth Pauline Buckley of Belpre, Ohio, Mary Morton of Belva, Stella Auxier, Della Brannon and Eva Mae Miller, all of Dixie, Evelyn Ellis of White Sulphur Springs and Naomi Myers of Fayetteville; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Service was Oct. 24 at the Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. John W. Niemeyer officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Arrrangements by Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge.

Betty Jane White Naylor

Betty Jane White Naylor, 86, of Stanaford, formerly of Boomer, died after a short illness, at Beckley ARH, on Oct. 22, 2008.

Born March 2, 1922, in Parkersburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lucile White. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Eileen Dunn Legg; and her brother, Harry White.

Betty’s life was devoted to her family and her church. She was a lifetime member of the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, and at the church, she was a member of the Star of Hope Class, American Baptist Women, and also served on the kitchen committee. She also enjoyed membership of the Kanuga Club of Gauley Bridge. Her favorite holiday activity was filling a shoebox full of surprises for Operation Christmas Child.

Surviving: her husband of 68 years of marriage, Gywn; their son, David and wife, Holly, of Stanaford; granddaughters, Holly Winter and husband, Scott, of Swiss, Faith Thomas and husband, Brian, of Hurricane, Alisha Weese of Gauley Bridge, and Destiny Basil of Stanaford; nine adored great-grandchildren; plus many much loved nieces and nephews, and other close relatives.

A service to honor the life of Betty was held Oct. 25 at the Pennington Funeral Home Chapel in Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. Jack L. Eades officiating. Burial followed at the Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, PO Box 787, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085.

Maxine Stamper Catlett Stover

Maxine Stamper Catlett Stover, 83, of Cocoa, Fla., formerly of Glen Morgan, died Oct. 22, 2008, at her home.

Born Sept. 30, 1925, at Cabin Creek, she was the daughter of the late John and Letha Cartwright Stamper. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Vivian Ben “Preacher” Stover, and children, Drema Lynn Catlett and Roy Lee Catlett. As the last surviving member of her immediate family, she was also preceded by brothers, Claude Stamper and David Stamper, and a sister, Goldie Fix.

Mrs. Stover was a member of the Sun Valley Christian Church, Titusville, Fla. She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Lillie Kay Stover of Cocoa, and Christa Driscoll of Falls Mills, Va.; sons, Ray Catlett of Cocoa, and Russell John Catlett of Maple Fork; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were Oct. 27 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Harmon Davis officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

John ‘Boots’ Truman

John “Boots” Truman, 83, of Rainelle, died Oct. 23, 2008, at his home with his loving wife, Opal Samples Truman, by his side.

Born Jan. 7, 1925, in Clay County, he was the son of the late Ira A. and Ethel Darlington Truman. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Samuel, Thomas and Wyatt Truman; a sister, Valena Cooper; one stepson; and one stepdaughter.

“Boots” was a disabled veteran of World War II, a coal miner and co-owner of The Coffee Shop and Restaurant in Rainelle.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Opal: brothers, Willard of Clendenin, Menford of Richwood and Denver of Brownsville; sisters, Hilda Walker of Maysel and Helen Moore of Lizemores; stepchildren, Dollie Suttle and husband, James, Garland Samples and wife, Connie, of Rupert and Junior Samples and wife, Regina, of Canvas; stepdaughters, Helen and Thelma by his first wife, Elva Carr; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were Oct. 26 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Milton Kerr and the Rev. Charlie Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Betty Zimmerman

Betty Jane Zimmerman, 82, of Hico, died Oct. 25, 2008, following a long illness.

Betty was born Nov. 23, 1926, in Gauley Bridge, a daughter of the late Namon and Nellie Foster.

She was a member of Summerlee Baptist Church of Oak Hill and a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Robert Eugene Zimmerman Jr. of Hico; daughters, Nancy Compton of Oak Hill, Cindy Gill of Pennsylvania, Rose Carte of Hico, Jeanie Cole of Hico, Diana White of Gauley Bridge, Melody Simms of Hico; sons, David Zimmerman, Randy Zimmerman and Rick Zimmerman, all of Hico; a sister, Charlene Crist of Ansted; brothers, Keith Foster of Michigan and Willow Foster of Mt. Nebo; 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, with Pastor Paul Allen and Pastor Bob Piotrowski officiating. Burial will follow in Legg Cemetery on Stringtown Road, Hico.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.