In memory

Kevin A. “Mudd” Bainbridge

Kevin A. “Mudd” Bainbridge, age 64, of Charleston, formerly of Powellton, died May 9, 2021.

A memorial service will be announced later.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

David Bruce Barnhart

David Bruce Barnhart entered into rest on May 7, 2021 following a long illness.

Though his days were diminished, his energy to love, enjoy and build memories with his grandkids, family and friends never waned.

David was the son of the late Clayton and Anne (Bunny) Barnhart.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Debra Massie Barnhart; son, James Barnhart; daughter-in-law, Amy; daughter, Natalie Bigelow; son-in-law, Troy; grandchildren, Trevor and Taylor Bigelow, all from Fairmont; brother, Brian Barnhart of Mobile, Alabama; and sister, Kathy Law of Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

David was a WVIT BSEE graduate, a charter member of Tech’s Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and completed a five-year engineering study/co-op work program with Union Carbide.

He was a member of the Army National Guard for 6 years and was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the 1975 NCO Class with a direct appointment to OCS.

His career involved all facets of production and management of pulverized coal, hydroelectric, wind and water turbines. He held several positions with international companies ranging from project engineer, department head, superintendent, senior manager, general manager, Elkem Metals Energy Coordinator NA and Director of Operations Mid America for Brookfield Renewable Energy Group.

He was a member of the Bridgemont Board of Governors, Fayette County Building Commission, Adjunct Instructor Electrical Circuits, Certified Kepner-Tregoe Program Leader for Engineering Problem Solving and an energetic loyal member of the Collins High School Class of 1967.

He loved travel and to design/build things with his hands. He leaves behind a legacy of family heirloom furniture, structures, church and community improvements, toys, picture books and memories, as you can easily ascertain if you visit his neighborhood, church and family homes of friends.

He had a strong faith in God which he shared with the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Hill where he served as deacon, elder and treasurer for many years.

Most of all he was a family man cherished by his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family.

Funeral services were held May 12 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Nancy Martin officiating. Internment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Hill at 250 Central Ave., Oak Hill, WV.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Shirley Louise Bauer

Shirley Louise Bauer, 80, of East Bank, passed away April 27, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Hospice.

She was a member of Hampton Baptist Church, a member of Rebekah Lodge and a retiree of 32 years from Kanawha County Schools.

Shirley enjoyed traveling and attending music concerts. She loved going to the movies; every Tuesday, Shirley would go to a matinee of the newest movie. 

Shirley is preceded in death by her loving husband, Harvey H. Bauer; parents, George and Ocie Goins; and 13 siblings.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, David Bauer and Steven Bauer (Jan); grandchildren, Robbie Bauer (Heather) and Jonathan Bauer; great-grandchildren, Grant Williams, Ostin Williams, Natalie Bauer and Haylee Bauer; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and family. 

Funeral services were held May 3 at Hampton Baptist Church. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Beckley.

Online condolences can be left by visiting www.pryorfh.com.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

David Clark Baughan

David Clark Baughan, also known as Bingy, of Pratt, went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2021.

He was a graduate of East Bank High School (1955); Mason College of Music & Fine Arts in Charleston (1955); Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina (1959); Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1963); and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, Pennsylvania (1983).

David was a life-long minister as an evangelist, faculty and staff member at several Christian colleges, and as a pastor of several churches, most recently of Old Kanawha Baptist Church in Pratt.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Thomas E. and Dolly O. Baughan; and son, Kevin C. Baughan.

He is survived by his wife, Bettye McBride Baughan; daughter, Traci R. Mayes (Preston) of Rockford, Minnesota; son, Torrey C. Baughan (Cindy) of Greenville, South Carolina; brother, Gary W. Baughan of Parkersburg; and seven grandchildren.

Service was conducted May 8 at Old Kanawha Baptist Church in Pratt, followed by visitation at the church. Burial was May 10 at McLeansville Baptist Church cemetery in McLeansville, North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to Old Kanawha Baptist Church, Box 9, Pratt, WV 25162.

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

Shelvy Yvonne Donato Blankenship

Shelvy Yvonne Donato Blankenship, of Swiss, born Dec. 9, 1957, went to be with the Lord at her home on April 26, 2021 after a short illness.

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Paul Blankenship; daughters, Heather Blankenship of Swiss and Cassandra Blankenship-Stone (David) of Morrisvale; grandchildren, Tyler Blankenship (Megan), Trevor Keith, Sara Blankenship and Isaac Blankenship; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Steve (Lynn) Donato, Sam (Marlene) Donato and Kenneth (Betty Jo) Donato; and a sister, Carolyn Donato.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Shirley Donato.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com

Arrangements by Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home.

Calvin James Bowles

Calvin James Bowles was born to the union of the late Floyd James and Margie Lee (White) Bowles on April 8, 1957. Calvin peacefully departed this life during the early hours of May 12, 2021, at the age of 64.

Calvin was a life-long resident of Cannelton.

He was educated in the Fayette County school system and graduated from Montgomery High School in 1976, where he played football and basketball.

Calvin had many career paths during his tenure in life, including Alloy Chemical, Montgomery Hospital, West Virginia Institute of Technology and various other companies.

Calvin is predeceased by his parents, Floyd James and Margie Lee (White) Bowles; and brother, Floyd James Bowles Jr.

Calvin was a devoted son and brother. His love and fond memories will be forever cherished by his brother, Marion (Caroldeen) Bowles of Powellton; sisters, Dola Bowles of Cannelton, Connie (Michael) Newman of Ashland, Kentucky, Brenda (James) Coles of Columbus, Ohio, Vanessa (Lloyd) Smith of Dunbar and Maria (Ross) Bowles-Crowder of Cannelton; aunt, Francis (William) Holmes of London; uncles, Donald (Willene) White of Kimberly, Vernon White of Middletown, Ohio and Theodore Dues of Arlington, Virginia; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service was held at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Terrance Hamm officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

James “Jimmy” W. Browning

James “Jimmy” W. Browning, 70, of Eskdale, went home to be with the Lord April 30, 2021 surrounded by his family at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

He retired from General Motors Chevrolet Division in Flint, Michigan, and was a long time minister of the Pentecostal Church of God.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Miles T. and Garnet E. Browning, and brother, Roger Dale Browning.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tammy; son, Kenneth (Trina, sons Kyle and Jakob); daughter, Karri Jo Rousset (Ric and daughter Adrianna); sister, Rebecca Roberts; brothers, Miles T. Jr. and Joseph M., as well a host of family and friends. Jimmy will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial services were May 3 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Brother Donald Mullins officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Dorris Marie Buckalew

Dorris Marie Buckalew, 91, of Belle, passed away at the home of her daughter on April 26, 2021 following a short illness.

She was a member of the Belle Church of Christ and a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her husband, James Buckalew; stepson, James Buckalew Jr.; granddaughter, Tessa Kessel; parents, Raymond and Maude Crouch Watts; brothers, Ed, Don and Harold Watts; and sisters, Nadine Russell and Cookie Wilson.

Surviving are her daughter, Barbara Pauley (David) of Belle; son, John Kessel (Debbie) of Charleston; stepson, Rick Buckalew (Faye) of Red House; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 1 at the Belle Church of Christ with Minister Joe Pauley officiating. Interment followed at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Online condolences may be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Dixie E. Keith Christian

Dixie E. Keith Christian, age 76, of South Charleston, formerly of Montgomery, went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2021 after a short illness.

Dixie was a graduate of Nicholas County High and was retired from Sears and Roebuck with 30 plus years of service.

She was a member of Boomer Baptist Church.

Dixie would never meet a stranger. If she didn’t know you, just give her five minutes. She was always full of life with a great desire to live life to the fullest. Her favorite thing was going to the West Side to dance and listen to music. They were her second family and she made life-long friends there.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Olan Arnold and Myrtle Keith; sister. Shirley Boysko; brother. William “Bill” Williams; and granddaughter. Frannie Martin.

She is survived by her daughter. Cyndi Christian Morris (Jimmy) of Chelyan; her son. Tim Christian of Knoxville, Tennessee; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Service was May 11 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Mark Strickland officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Lou Coburn

Mary Lou Coburn, age 71, of Dixie, passed away on April 25, 2021 in Montgomery.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, homemaker and a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Lancaster; mother, Ruby Campbell; brother, Johnny Allen; and sister, Sharon Goff.

Surviving include her husband, David Coburn; sons, Phillip Coburn (Rebecca) of Belle and David Coburn (Daisy) of Lizemores; daughter, Patty Evans of Charlton Heights; sister, Delilah Reese (Kenny) of Elkhart, Indiana; half-sisters, Thelma Varney of Kentucky and Loretta Kendrick of Ohio; brother-in-law, Freddy Colburn (Susie) of Goose Creek, South Carolina. She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Service was held at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Gordon Killion officiating. Entombment followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

F. Isaiah DiVita

F. Isaiah DiVita passed away May 8, 2021.

He was born March 11, 2000 to the late Kelly Watson and Francis Chase DiVita.

He is survived by his father, Francis Chase DiVita (Kanica Hedges) of Florence, Kentucky; siblings, Chayse Ann, Brooklyn, Londyn, Kalani and Kyree DiVita, all of Florence, and Aaliyah, Nevaeh and Shya Miller, all of Charleston; grandfather, Francis “Big Muscles” and Dawn DiVita Daisy, Dylan and Cassi of Erlanger, Kentucky; grandmother, Diane Watson; loved by many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kelly LaRuth Watson, and grandmother, Jeannette Cynthia DiVita.

He attended Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Kentucky and Marshall University.

He loved to sing and play sports.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.

Due to the Covid restrictions, the family will hold a private service at a later date.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Dewey Shannon Dorsey

Dewey Shannon Dorsey, age 70, went home to be with the Lord on May 21, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Mary Dorsey, and grandson, Levi Shannon Dorsey.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Shirley Dorsey; two sons, Dewey S. Dorsey Jr. and Michael and wife Teresa and his little buddy, Wyatt, and brother Johnny and wife, Shelia Dorsey; three granddaughters, Jennifer Willis, Chelby Dorsey and KIassidy Dorsey; four great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Ethan, Jace and McKenzie; and many nieces and nephews and his church family.

Service was May 26 at Elkridge Community Church with Pastor Brenda Neil and Rev. Chuck Cunningham officiating. Entombment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Betty Jo Ferrell Elkins

Betty Jo Ferrell Elkins, 78, of Belle, was born on Feb. 13, 1943, daughter of the late Opal and Earl Ferrell of Cabin Creek. She entered her heavenly home on May 27, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Division.

Betty was a graduate of East Bank High School and attended college classes from West Virginia State.

She began her career with the U.S. Treasury Department of Washington, D.C., worked for the town of Belle, and retired with 32 years of service as an executive secretary with Kanawha County Schools to numerous superintendents and board members.

She was a member of Mt. Juliet United Methodist Church in Belle and previously played the piano for Eskdale Baptist Church and Eskdale Church of Christ.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, James Elkins Sr.; and her only son, James Larry Elkins Jr.

Surviving are her granddaughter, Kristen (Brandon) Brooks of Mechanicsville, Virginia; grandson, Justin Elkins of Mechanicsville; great-grandson, Bently Brooks of Mechanicsville; sister, Nancy Bailey of Goshen, Indiana; nephew, Tim Bailey of Goshen; niece, Diana (David) Dunn of Given; nephews, David (Susie) Elkins of Belle, Gregg Elkins of Dunbar and Jeff (Laura) Elkins of Nitro; niece, Beth (Dale) Drake of Chantilly, Virginia; eight great-nephews; eight great-nieces; 15 great-great-nephews; 18 great-great-nieces and three great-great-great-nieces; friends, Pat Hunter, Johnna Lyons, Jimmy Mize, Mary Hastings, Jerry Lane, Carolyn Morris, Keith Johnson and Steve Fitzgerald; and a host of other family members, friends, co-workers and church family.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to family doctor, Dr. Jack Kinder, numerous medical doctors, medical staff providers along with friends, family, neighbors and all the others involved that helped Betty in her time of need.

Funeral services were held June 2 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Eric Milam officiating, her good friend and former pastor. Interment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Donations can be made to the Mt. Juliet United Methodist Church, Mator’s Kids Foundation, or the Thad Snodgrass Scholarship Fund.

Please visit fidlerandframefuneralhome.com to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Robert C. Fannin

Robert Fannin, the only child of the late Roy and Ethel Carlin Fannin, passed away on April 23, 2021 in the Elderly Care Wing of Montgomery General Hospital.

He would have been 76 years old on April 30.

After his father’s passing, he took over Fannin’s Market. He enjoyed buying and selling glassware and dishes at various flea markets. He was a life-long resident of Montgomery and attended Glen Ferris Apostolic Church.

A memorial service was held after the 7 p.m. service on May 5 at Glen Ferris Apostolic Church with Pastor David Bounds and Pastor Chad Smailes officiating

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Catherine “Tink” Jaquay Fisher

Catherine “Tink” Jaquay Fisher, 76, born March 27, 1945, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2021.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Marguerite Jaquay; sister, Mary Esther Lee; sister, Pat Jaquay Hinson and brother-in-law, Angus Hinson; brother, Joseph “Joey” Jaquay; nephew, Bryan Jaquay; husband, George Fisher; and daughter, Pam Fisher Boles.

Tink worked as a paramedic for Valley Emergency Medical Services for many years. She ended her career with Audiology & Hearing Aid Services.

She attended Montgomery High School.

She was a member of the Montgomery Women’s Club and a member of St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer.

She is survived by her son, Darin Fisher (Jeff and Andrew) of Charleston; grandson, Christopher Harvey of Boomer; granddaughter, Brittany Robertson (Brandy) of South Charleston; son-in-law, Jay Boles of Boomer; sister, Julie Jaquay Traylor (John) of Hilton Head, South Carolina; brother, Robert Jaquay of Canaan Valley; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mass of Christian burial was at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer May 19. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and residents of Brookdale Charleston Gardens, where she resided the past two years.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to CAMC Cancer Center in Charleston.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Loretta Mae Hannigan

Loretta Mae Hannigan, 89, of Shrewsbury, departed this life May 12, 2021, following a long illness.

She was born June 29, 1931 in Lincoln County. The family moved to Shrewsbury in 1935 where she remained a lifelong resident. 

She was a 1950 graduate of East Bank High School and was a bus driver for Kanawha County Schools from 1969 until her retirement in 1989.

Loretta had a very bubbly personality and never met a stranger.

Loretta accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a member of the Shrewsbury Church of Christ and later attended Kanawha City Church of Christ. Her life was a testament to her faith and her love of the Lord.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Myron Hannigan; parents, Noah and Mary Briles; and her brothers, Dennis, Beryl and Don Briles.  

Left to mourn her passing are her children, Mickey Hannigan, Tom (Brenda) Hannigan and her twins, Cecilia (Jerry) Backus and Bruce (Robin) Hannigan; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. 

Per her request, a small private memorial service was held for immediate family.

The family requests donations be made in her memory to Friends of Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387.

Please visit fidlerandframefuneralhome.com to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Kay Hickman

Kay Hickman, 72, of Ronda, crossed over into Canaan’s fair land on May 12, 2021.

Kay was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Kay cherished her family dearly.

She retired from the State of West Virginia with 10 years of service. 

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Betty Rogers; and sister, Joyce L. Petry. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John R. Hickman Sr.; children, Susie Hickman, and John R. Hickman II (Tina); beloved granddaughter, Allyson Hickman, whom she loved beyond measure; stepgranddaughter, Brooke Howell (Cody and family); beloved nephew, whom she loved dearly, Robbie L. Petry (Lorelei); sisters, Donna (Ellis) and Debbie Bradley; and brothers, Pete (Jeannie), Larry Rogers, Jimmy (Betty) and Timmy. 

Funeral services were held May 15 at Pryor Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to service, which was officiated by Bishop Paul Rose. Internment followed at Montgomery Memorial Park.

Online condolences can be left by visiting www.pryorfh.com.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

David Van Hill

On Monday April 26, 2021, David Van Hill, a loving father to one daughter, passed away at the age of 45.

David was born on Jan. 25, 1976 in Montgomery, son of William Hill and Deborah Loy.

David enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking through the woods searching for ginseng.

He is survived by his father, William Hill; mother, Deborah Loy; stepfather, Craig Lee Loy; sister, Kristin DeMello; daughter, Sophia Paavilainen; and two nephews, Quinten DeMello and Ethan DeMello.

A celebration of life gathering was held May 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

William “Bo” Hobbs

William “Bo” Hobbs, 54, of Simmons Creek, passed away April 25, 2021 following a sudden illness.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Jack and Brenda Hobbs.

Surviving are his daughter, Krystal (Josh) Cooper of Belle; son, Bobby Brown of Belle; grandson, Kaiden Cooper of Belle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy (Teresa) Hobbs of Belle and Danny (Thyri) Thomas of Florida; nephews, Brent Thomas of Florida and Cody (Sarah) Hobbs of Belle; niece, Celsie (Cody) Jones of Charleston; and several great-nephews.

In keeping with Bo’s final requests, his cremation wishes will be honored and there will be a graveside funeral service held at a later date.

Online condolences can be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Dreama Gayle Jeffries

Dreama Gayle Jeffries, 84, of Fayetteville, passed away under the care of hospice on May 23, 2021.

Born on Dec. 8, 1936 in Powelton Holler, she was the daughter of the late John Harvey and Aurelia Harvey.

Mrs. Jeffries was a member of New River Baptist Church for over 20 years and she enjoyed reading her Bible. She also loved sitting on her porch watching her grandchildren play and watching her dog run in the grass.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Ira Arvel Jeffries; three unknown angel babies; a son, John Richmond; one sister and one brother; and a great-great-great-granddaughter, Aurora Reign Smith.

She is survived by her two children, Mark and Louise Jeffries and Phyllis and Timmy Harrah; grandchildren, Sherry Lawhorn, Stacy Richmond, Jonathan Richmond, Jonathan Rogers, Laura Jeffries, Mindy Burns, Justin Jeffries, Nathan Jeffries, Josh Jeffries and Joe Jeffries; many great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Sandy.

We would like to thank her nurses, Bethany and Katie, for home services.

Russell Arnold Jeffries

Russell Arnold Jeffries, 76, of Oak Hill, passed away May 26, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House.

Arnold was born on April 27, 1945 in Montgomery, son of the late Robert and Goldie Jeffries.

In addition to his parents, Arnold was preceded in death by two wives, Rosemary and Kitty; sons, Rusty, Will Shepherd and Shawn; as well as brothers, Bobby and Marty.

He was a member of Sun Full Gospel Church and loved spending time with family, hunting, fishing and “running the roads.”

Those left to cherish his memory include eight children, Vanessa (Jerry), Timmy (Tonya), Saundra (Walter), Wes (Patrick), Vonda (Mike), Kim (Rob), Chris, Charlene (Matt); along with 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at High Lawn Funeral Home on June 2 with Pastor Joan Terry of Sun Full Gospel Church officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Donations may be sent to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr. Beckley, WV 25801.

Mary Sue Kessler

Mary Sue Kessler, 85, of Belle, passed away April 25, 2021 at home.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Billy Joe Kessler; parents, Albert and Elizabeth Huffman Mullins; and siblings, Lou Ellen Eley, William, James and Thomas Mullins.

Surviving are her son, David Kessler (Deborah) of Belle; daughters, Carolyn Hancock of Chesapeake, Debra Loftis (William) and Peggy Johnson, all of Belle; grandchildren, Charity Meyer, Jewell Wagner, Amanda and Billie Hancock, Catie Kessler, Michael Johnson, Alexander Larabee, Bobby Stevens and Crystal Bahar; great-grandchildren, Brendon and Chriztian Kessler, Elizabeth Casto, David Merrill, Raven, Dakota and Willow White, Jacklyn Arms, Logan Collins, Loren Marr, Mara Johnson, Aiden Wagner, Dillon Stevens, Josie Staley, Randy and George Larabee; and great-great-grandchild, Remington Merrill.

Graveside funeral services were held April 29 in Witcher Cemetery with Pastor David Peters officiating.

Online condolences can be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Otho “Bill” Mays


Otho “Bill” Mays, 84, of Deshler, Ohio, passed away peacefully April 28, 2021 at his residence with his wife and children by his side.


He was born Sept. 15, 1936 in Falls View, son of the late Otho and Virginia (Williams) Mays.


Bill graduated in 1954 from Gauley Bridge High School and attended West Virginia Tech.

He then served his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany.


While working for Braniff International Airlines in Washington, D.C., Bill had a day off in the summer of 1971. While watching the Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators baseball game at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, a young woman visiting the nation’s capital with her parents happened to attend the same game. Myra Diederich sat next to Bill and I guess you would say the Senators were not the only ones that won that day. For over the next year, Bill and Myra corresponded; he took several flights to visit Myra while she was attending Bowling Green State University and they got to know each other’s family. Their love story led them to marriage on July 15, 1972 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Deshler, Ohio.


Bill and Myra would settle in Deshler and he would work as the territory manager for the former Clay Equipment Company.

He would also work as the food production manager for BGSU and then finished his working career in his favorite role as a travel agent, retiring from AAA of Northwest Ohio. He thoroughly enjoyed helping others experience the joys of traveling and vacations.


He was a 50+ year faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler, where he served as councilman, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, greeter, lay reader and usher.

Over the years he enjoyed rooting for the West Virginia Mountaineers and Washington Redskins. Bill was always proud of his West Virginia roots, but his greatest joy was his time with his family and the love and legacy they will forever cherish.


Bill is survived by his loving wife, Myra; children, Brenda Holcomb of Morgantown and Ryan Mays and Robyn (Todd) Neiderhouse, both of Deshler; grandchildren, Connor, Luke, Griffin, Paul, Lucas and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Colin, Izzy and Kyra; brothers, James (Ana) Mays of Weston, Florida, Fred (Carol) Mays of Charlton Heights, John Mays of Falls View and Robert (Mago) Mays of Wilton Manors, Florida; and sister, Betty Jo Miller of Falls View.


He was also preceded in death by brother, Charles Mays.


Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler, with Rev. Chris Walter officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler.


The family suggests memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Bridge Hospice.


Online condolences for the family may be sent at www.feehanrodenbergerfuneralhome.

Lereda Gay McGuire McNeely

Lereda Gay McGuire McNeely, age 76, of Robson, went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2021. 

Born Oct. 14, 1944, in Lenore, she was the daughter of the late Jonah and Carrie Sturgil McGuire. 

Lereda attended Robson Full Gospel Church of Christ and served the church as a pastor’s wife for many years. 

In addition to her parents, Lereda is preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. 

She is survived by husband, Pastor Andrew “Jack” McNeely; children, Angela Bailey (Michael), John McNeely (Karen), Jennifer Toney (Gregory), Floyd McNeely (Crystal) and Kara Gansore (Timothee); granchildren, April Rock, Arica Hypes, Christopher McNeely, Leslie Gansore, Izabella Gansore, Jayden Gansore, Jarrell Cury, Daniel Toney and Christopher Toney; great-grandchildren, Caleb Rock, Joshua Rock, Draven Rock, Parker Duncan, Julianna Duncan,  Eli Duncan, Aubrey Hypes, Katie Hypes, Aiden McNeely, Ryleigh McNeely and Triston Toney; and siblings, Theodore Floyd and Janice Canterbury. 

Services were held May 25 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with John McNeely and Floyd McNeely officiating. Graveside rites followed with burial at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ilona Ann Zickafoose Morris

Ilona Ann Zickafoose Morris, long time resident of Happytown in Hugheston, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband, Bob, son David and countless relatives and friends, in the early hours of May 8, 2021.

Ilona was Miss Greyhound 1958. She was a loving wife and mother of four boys.

She managed and ran several family-owned businesses, volunteered at the boys’ school and was the Sunday school superintendent of the Hughes Creek First Church of God for many years. She also taught Sunday school and was the state president of the Women of the Church of God for several years.

She is survived by two sisters, Brenda Light and Marsha Auxier and husband Jim; brother, Basil Lee Zickafoose and wife Irene; sisters-in-law, Cleo Wolfe and Alice Zickafoose; sons, Rick Morris and wife Sandi, Todd Morris and wife Vickie and Scott Morris and wife Pam; grandchildren, Shane Morris, Shanna Morris Goodwin and husband Luke, Jade Morris, Paige Morris, David “DJ” Morris and Brooke Morris; and great-grandchildren, Karleigh Casto, Eden Honaker, Tristan Goodwin and Aspen Goodwin.

Service was May 12 at the Hughes Creek Community Church with Rev. Todd Morris, Rev. J.B. Lee and Rev. Gary Tucker presiding. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Naylor

Mary Naylor, age 76, of Smithers, passed away May 25, 2021.

Born Nov. 16, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Edward and Mary Louise Pyatt,

She attended Oakland Church of God in Smithers and was a homemaker and a loving wife and mother.

Surviving: husband, Donald E. Naylor Sr.; children, Julie (Steve) Baker and Donald Naylor Jr., all of Smithers,

Vanessa Gail Naylor of Falls View and Rebecca Naylor of North Carolina; brother, Jeffery Pyatt of Texas; sisters, Angela Pyatt Brinner of Virginia, Ethel Pyatt of Clay, Sandra Stewart of Smithers and Pamela Merriman of Florida; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Service was June 1 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with Pastor Todd Morris officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kinsley Grace Nichols

Kinsley Grace Nichols entered into rest on May 10, 2021.

She was born June 23, 2017 to Timothy Nichols and Amber Jones. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jaxon Jones.

Kinsley is survived by her parents, Timothy Nichols and Amber Jones; brother, Collin Nichols; sisters, Aubree and Averee Nichols and Karly Jones; grandparents, Bobby and Lisa Nichols and Lisa Blair; and great-grandparents, Bill and Francis Nichols.
Funeral service was May 15 at Jodie Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Skaggs officiating. Burial was in Rich Creek Cemetery. 
Online condolences may be sent to the family at penningtonfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Trula Jean Light Raynes

Trula Jean Light Raynes, 83, of Robson, passed away April 29, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born March 18, 1938 in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Truman E. and Lula Frances Thompson Light.

She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Pamela Jean Raynes; sister, Chris Blankenship; and brother, David Light.

Trula was a retired legal secretary and was a loyal and faithful member of the Independent Baptist Church in Powellton.   

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 67 years, Billy Raynes; daughters, Vicki Oyler (Joe) and Jennifer Phillips (Dewayne); grandchildren, Holli Reading, Guy Wolfe and Chance Wolfe; and five great-granddaughters.

Services were May 6 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Greg Toney officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Prosperity.

Memorial contributions can be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lois Ann Rodgers

Lois Ann Rodgers, 64, of Cannelton, passed away at home April 28, 2021, following a short battle with cancer. She was lovingly surrounded by family and friends. 

Lois was a graduate of Montgomery High School, Montgomery.

She recently retired from the Auditor’s Office with the State of West Virginia after almost 40 years of service. She was a devout Christian and faithful parishioner of the Smithers Church of God, Cannelton. 

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Ray and Jeanetta Rodgers, and brother-in-law, Floyd Pritt. She is survived by her brother, Charles and wife Cheryl Rodgers; brother, Robert “Bob” Rodgers; sister, Alice “Marci” Pritt; 10 nieces and nephews, numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews and lifelong friend, Donna Arthur. 

Funeral services were held April 30 at Smithers Church of God, Cannelton Hollow Road. She was laid to rest at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Jean Marie Arbaugh Schulte

Jean Marie Arbaugh Schulte, 88, of Falls View Village, passed away May 25, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s dementia.

She was born in Montgomery, daughter of the late Joseph Walter and Emma Virginia (Vermillion) Arbaugh, on Oct. 22, 1932.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Vernon J. Schulte (1982); brother, Robert Franklin Arbaugh; and sister, Mary Virginia (Arbaugh) Tausch.

Jean spent her early years in Montgomery, graduating from Montgomery High School in the Class of 1950. She enjoyed reconnecting with classmates at the many class reunions she helped to organize.

During her teenage years she worked as a print model and at Embee’s Leader in Montgomery. After marriage in 1951 she moved to Beckley and worked at Embee’s at that location.

Marrying into the Schulte family of florists complemented her flair for decorating and fashion. She worked at Snow Thornton Florist and later at Montgomery Cut Flower when returning to the valley in 1962.

Jean was very active in her community and a member of St. Anthony’s Shrine/Immaculate Conception parish for over 60 years.

She was a long-time member of Montgomery Woman’s Club and Catholic Daughters of America, St. Anne Court, serving as Grand Regent in 1976. She was also a charter member of the Montgomery General Hospital Auxiliary and a great supporter of “Take Back Tech” movement. In her later years she enjoyed fellowship with the ladies of the Hattie Dillon Circle.

Her love of music and the arts took her on travels around the world and to many performances of the West Virginia Symphony and Broadway productions.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Bracken and husband Morgan of Fayetteville; grandsons, Morgan “Levi” Bracken and wife Erin of Arlington, Virginia, Stuart Langer Bracken of Fayetteville and Joel Langston Bracken of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Luke Steele, Emily Claire and Lance Patrick, all of Arlington. She is also survived by two sisters, Melba June Walker of Fayetteville and Jo Ann Steadman of Cross Lanes.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bowers Hospice House in Beckley for their loving care to Jean and her family during her final days.

Mass of Christian burial was at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer on June 2 with Fr. Dominikus Baok officiating. Burial was at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Lewis “Curley” A. Siders

Lewis “Curley” A. Siders, age 76, of Smithers, passed away at home peacefully with his family by his side on May 19, 2021 after a brief illness.

He was born July 15, 1944 in Ward, and he was preceded in death by his mother, Safrona Maxine Tabit; father, William J. Tabit; brother, Michael Tabit; sister, Helen R. Thompson; and daughter, Cindy A. Ridenour.

He worked an electrician’s assistant and truck driver for R&E Electric Co.

Surviving: wife, Jackie C. Siders; son, Lewis “Luke” and Jessica Siders; daughters, Jackie Williamson, Sherry Wolford and Jordan Siders; also surviving brother, James Tabit; and sisters, Susie and Alvin Justice. He will be greatly missed by eight grandchildren, Heather and Summer Cooper, Richard and Jessica Williamson, Caleb Wolford, Lewis Siders III, Madison Ridenour and Jett Wiseman; and great-grandchildren, Stephen Cooper and Karsyn Bird.

A celebration of his life and memorial service were held May 26 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery, with Rev. Greg Francis officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Barbara Ann Querry Valentine

Barbara Ann Querry Valentine, 80, of Smithers, left this world for heaven on May 14, 2021.

While she will be missed by those left behind, she is no longer in pain from RA, breathing much easier without COPD and rejoicing with Jesus, the angels, and loved ones gone before her.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Althea Arbaugh Querry; husband, Tommy Valentine; sister, Judy Profitt; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Valentine. 

She is survived by her children, Diana (Lorenzo) Sandoro of Montgomery and Danny Valentine of Powell, Ohio; grandchildren, Colt Sandoro of Montgomery and Alex (Madison) Sandoro of Scott Depot; brother, Jack Querry (Lisa) of Deepwater; sister, Lisa Bane (Greg) of Hurricane; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets, Buddy and Molly.

Barbara’s funeral was May 20 at Carbondale Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Patricia Kaye Williams

On May 3, 2021, Patricia Kaye Williams, 77, loving wife, wonderful mother of three, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of seven, and friend to many, went home to be with the Lord at her home in Belle with her family by her side. 

She was a homemaker and member of Big Bottom Missionary Baptist Church, Campbells Creek. She was involved in church dinners, Bible school, and hardly ever missed a church service.

Those around her knew that she loved Jesus, she loved her family, and she loved to cook. Everyone who was lucky enough to know her, knows that in Heaven they are eating very well now that she is there. Every Sunday afternoon the family would gather at her home and eat the best home-cooked meal. She loved every minute of all of the family being together, from all of the kids running around to fingerprints on the windows to ice cream face kisses; a smile was always on her face.

She was a strong Christian. You would typically find her Bible on the table beside her chair that she always sat in. She was strong and was sure to let us all know that if this was God’s will then she had made peace with it. She had so much faith that she wasn’t worried or scared at all. Her spirit poured through her onto others when she smiled, and you could see that she was at peace with whatever may happen. Because of the faith that she portrayed, she was an amazing witness to everyone who came around her.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Frank D. Williams Sr.; sisters, Margaret Kessler and Betty Carrico; and brothers, James and Richard Wilt.

Surviving are her son, Frank D. Williams Jr. (Cathy) of Belle; daughters, DeAnna Owens (Alan) of Charleston and JoAnna Harvey (Tim) of Vienna; brother, George Wilt (Joann) of North Carolina; grandchildren, Ashley Hawkins (Chris), Anthony Owens (Jessica), Dillon Williams, Allison Williams (Joshua), Lexee Norman (Roger), Madison Romeo (Antonio), Hannah, Leah and Sarah Harvey; and seven great-grandchildren.

A special thanks to Samantha Arrington who we love and consider a part of our family.

Funeral services were held May 7 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastors Alan Owens and Fred Christian officiating. Interment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Online condolences may be sent at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Dolores M. “Dodo” Young

Dolores M. “Dodo” Young, 87, of Cedar Grove, went home to be with the Lord and her husband Ern on May 25, 2021 at CAMC Hospice Care after a short illness.

Dodo was born on May 8, 1934 in Ward, the daughter of Roy Daugherty and Myrtle Chambers.

She attended East Bank High School.

After high school, Dodo started a family, went to work at the glass plant, and then for 34 years, she was employed by Kanawha County Schools as a bus driver until her retirement in 2000.

Dodo was a member of the Cedar Grove Women’s Club and a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church until its closure at which time she transferred her membership to attend church with her family at Glasgow United Methodist Church.

Dodo enjoyed cooking, shopping, was proud to see her family grow into five generations, and was always ready for the next excursion.

One of her greatest joys was when her children and grandchildren gathered at Granny and Papa’s house for Sunday dinners, holidays, and many other special occasions. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Ernest E. “Big Ern” Young; infant son, Michael Shane Young; and lifelong friend, Virginia Hall.  

She is survived by two sons, Ernie (Kathy) Young of Glasgow and Jimi (Jeannie) Young of Cedar Grove; daughters, Adonna (George) Feltner of Cedar Grove and Margie (Rob) Hill of Raleigh, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.

Funeral service was held May 28 at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Charles Mays officiating. Burial was in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

The family requests that donations be made to Glasgow United Methodist Church, PO Box 230, Glasgow, WV 25086.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

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