Shirley Ann Gunnoe Bragg

Shirley Ann Gunnoe Bragg, 82, of Kincaid, passed away Sept. 1, 2019 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Aug. 27, 1937 in Dry Creek, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Daisy Richardson Gunnoe.

Shirley was a homemaker, was a faithful member of the Mountain State Baptist Church, and loved spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by sister, Jean Bradford.

Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Mickey Bragg (Kathy); daughter, Debra Popp; grandchildren, Brandon, Benjamin, Amanda, Michael, Aaron, Lindsey and Corey; great-grandchildren, Landon and Isaih; brothers, Kenneth Gunnoe, Orville Gunnoe Jr. (Joyce) and Bill Gunnoe (Linda); and sister, Betty Parish.

Funeral service was Sept. 4 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Mark Secrist officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Allen Steven Brown

Allen Steven Brown, 66, of Carbondale, passed away at his home on Aug. 30, 2019.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 10, 1952, the son of the late Margaret and Ray Brown of Cannelton.

Steve was a 1971 graduate of Gauley Bridge High School, attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Jerry; his niece, Maggie; and his nephew, Aaron.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Brown (Christopher) of California; an aunt, Susie Hooper; sisters, Diann Legg (R.B.), Donna Clonch (George) and Linda King; brother, Ray Dewayne Brown; special brother, Eric Bess; nine nieces and five nephews.

At this time there will be no services.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Linda Loraine Childers Cobb

Linda Loraine Childers Cobb, 67, of Belva, passed away Aug. 27, 2019, at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Montgomery on March 6, 1952, daughter of the late Henry and Eva Stewart Childers.

She was a secretary for Auxier Welding, and a former employee of G.C. Murphy in Montgomery, as well as Goodwill / United Way in Montgomery and a member of St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church, Boomer. She was also a lifetime member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association.

She is survived by her husband, William H. Cobb Sr.; daughter, Stephanie Oxley and husband Tommy of Roanoke, Virginia; stepsons, William H. Cobb II of Winfield and Brad Cobb of Frankfort, Kentucky; sisters, Diana Reed and husband Jim of Charlton Heights and Carolyn Mills and husband Dallas of Mt. Nebo; and three grandchildren, Gavin, Dalton and Madison.

Mass of Christian burial was Sept. 4 at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church, Boomer, with Fr. Charles Anemelu as celebrant. Entombment followed at Rest Lawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Brian Kelly Daniels

Brian Kelly Daniels, 43, of Fayetteville, passed away Sept. 2, 2019 in Robson.

Born April 13, 1976, in Beckley, he was the son of Gary and Alberta Stewart Daniels of Fayetteville.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Daniels.

Brian was a coal truck driver and loved spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Gary and Alberta; and daughter, Jasmine E. Daniels.

Funeral service was Sept. 11 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor John Wright officiating. Burial followed at the Tanner Cemetery in Clay County.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Phyllis Audrey Backus Legg

Phyllis Audrey Backus Legg, 74, departed for her heavenly home on Sept. 13, 2019.

Born on April 9, 1945, she was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lydia (Keith) Backus.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, John Legg of Belva; sons, Terry (Sherry) Legg and Gary (Rose) Legg, all of Belva; daughter, Candy (Kevin) Scarbrough of Belva; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Brown of Belva and Gladys Huff of Lafayette, Georgia; brother, Billy Foster of Montgomery; niece by birth but daughter by heart, Ginny Foster of Dixie; and special cousin, Pribble Davis.

Funeral service was held Sept. 16 at Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Dixie, with Pastor Shane Wynn officiating. Burial followed in the Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Melanie Ann “Peaches” McCarthy

Melanie Ann “Peaches” McCarthy, age 45, of Cannelton, died Sept. 11, 2019.

She was born July 8, 1974 at Montgomery, the daughter of the late John Allen and Margaret Schoolcraft.

Surviving: son, Mitchell McCarthy of Cannelton; aunt, Barbara Schoolcraft of Cannelton; uncles, Dewey Schoolcraft (Sherry) of Boomer and Tadpole Schoolcraft of Cannelton; brother, John Schoolcraft of Cannelton; and cousin, Leah Schoolcraft of Morgantown.

Service was Sept. 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Brenda Neal officiating. Burial followed in Wiseman Cemetery at Mt. Olive.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gary Basil Phillips

Gary Basil Phillips, born Nov. 21, 1952, passed away at Veteran’s Hospital in Beckley on Sept. 8, 2018. 

Born and raised at Jodie and Gauley Bridge, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a man of all trades.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Birdie Phillips; and sister, Charlotte Boatwright.

He is survived by his sisters, Ellen Coleman of Mishawaka, Indiana and Phyllis and JC Johnson of Ripley; brothers, Edward of Barrington, Illinois, Dale of Gauley Bridge and Mark of East Bank.

Graveside interment was Sept. 7 at Rich Creek Cemetery, Jodie.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary of Beckley.

Esther R. Rucker Raines

Esther R. Rucker Raines, 85, of Smithfield, North Carolina, formerly of Mammoth, passed away Sept. 8, 2019 at home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jimmy” Raines.

She attended Pond Gap and Mammoth Advent Christian churches.

She is survived by her son, James Alan (Donna) Raines of North Carolina, with whom she resided; a grandson, David (Crystal) Lively of North Carolina; great-granddaughters, Melody and Morgan Lively; sisters, Donna Morris of Glasgow and Ruth Richmond of Ohio; brothers, Kenneth (Naomi) Rucker of Belle, Arlie (Pricilla) Rucker of Pond Gap and Ronald Rucker of Indiana; and a host of other family members and friends.

Services were Sept. 12 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Toney Rucker officiating. Burial followed at Ward Cemetery, Ward.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Barbara Ann “Bobby” Thompson

Barbara Ann “Bobby” Thompson, of Cedar Grove, left this earth Sept. 9, 2019, following a long, courageous battle with a host of medical conditions.

She was born June 8, 1953 in Charleston, and was a DuPont High School alumnus and a proud graduate of West Virginia Tech.

Barbara was a faithful, loving military wife of almost 50 years, a devoted mother, a proud grandmother and an excited great-grandmother-to-be. She was the best sister, sister-in-law, cousin, aunt, and friend that anyone could ask for.

Bobby put herself through college later in life, and excelled as a Registered Nurse at CAMC, from which her illnesses caused an early retirement. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Vencil and Edna Toots Moore. Also greeting her in heaven were her three special nephews, Michael Moore, SSG Zachary Tomczak and Ronnie (Ron) Moore, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends gone too soon.

Left to cherish her memories is her husband, the love of her life, Dallas Thompson I of Cedar Grove; son, Dallas II and April Thompson of Charleston; and daughter, Crystal Thompson of Cedar Grove. Left to carry on her legacy are her grandchildren, Brendon Thompson (Zara Sheridan, companion), Sarrah Thompson and Alex Thompson, the true lights of her life and the reasons for hanging on as long as she did. Barbara left this world with a full heart, knowing she had a great-grandchild on the way. She was Team Pink.

Also left behind to cherish her memories, brother, Gary and Kathy Moore of Belle; sister, her confidant and secret keeper for 66 years, Elizabeth (Libby) Moore, also of Belle. She will be missed dearly by sister-in-law, Vickie Thompson of Conway, South Carolina; and remembered fondly by a special niece and buddy, Beth Ann Tomczak.

Services were held Sept. 13 at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle. Interment followed in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial Veterans State Cemetery, Dunbar.

To send online condolences or sign the guestbook, please visit

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Ergil Waugh

Ergil Waugh, 78, of Cannelton, “went home before the streetlights came on,” passed away Sept. 8, 2019 at University of Kentucky Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones.

At his request, there will be no service.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

William Roger Wagner

William Roger Wagner, 83, of Boomer, died Sept. 1, 2019.

He was born Dec. 30, 1934 in Hemp Hill, Virginia, the son of the late David and Edna Yachary Wagner. He was also preceded in death by his son, William Roger Wagner II, and his brothers, Greg, Dale, David and Rick Wagner.

He was a retired coal miner for Union Carbide at Kelley’s Creek, a member of the UMWA, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of New Heights Baptist Church in Charlton Heights and he loved fishing with his son, Roger.

Surviving: wife, Linda Preston Wagner; daughter, Kimberly (Doug) Newbell of Boomer; sisters, Frances (Mike) Dotson of North Carolina and Sue Mack (Malcolm) of Nazareth, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Drema Wagner, Brenda Wagner and Debbie Wagner; brothers, Kenneth Wagner of Indiana, Mike (Tawee) Wagner of California and Bob (Katherine) Wagner of Jodie; nephew, Todd Wagner of Montgomery; niece, Angie Wagner of Charleston; granddaughter, Amanda (Josh) Howell of Charlton Heights; great-granddaughters, Jill King of Teays Valley and Bella (Isaiah) Howell of Charlton Heights.

Service was Sept. 8 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Jim Neeson officiating. Entombment with military honors was at Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Thelma Weddington

Thelma Weddington, 98, of East Bank, passed peacefully on Sept. 7, 2019, from complications of a fall.

She was born Feb. 25, 1921 at Kayford, daughter of the late William Floyd and Ida Fitzwater Davis. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Weddington,; daughter, Marguerite Cadle; grandson, Gregory Henson; brothers, Cecil Davis, Enoch Davis, Charles Davis and Edward Trout; and sisters, Alma Davis, Arzola Welch and Ada Belle Ballard.

She had lived at Ohley and spent many wonderful years in Arbovale, Pocahontas County.

Thelma is survived by son, John Weddington of Charleston; daughters, Nora Linville of East Bank, with whom she made her home, and Barbara Thomas of Dry Branch; grandchildren and spouses, Vickie and Tim Milam, Mark and Robin Cadle, David and Deanna Henson, Kerri Beth and John Ashworth, Robin Weddington, Earl and Vicki Weddington, Leigh and Richard Tetrich, Leslie and Bruce Friend and Sharon and Alan Baldwin; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Floyd Davis Jr. and Owen Davis; sisters, Jean Cvetnick and Callie Sanson; many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly and a host of other family and friends.

Thelma loved to travel, quilt and read, with the aid of audio books after losing her vision. She enjoyed visiting with her family and friends.

Services were Sept. 12 at Montgomery Memorial Park with Rev. Daphene Richard officiating.

Condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

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