In memory

(Editor's note: These obituaries were published in the month of July.)

Walter Ray Ashby

Walter Ray Ashby, 86, of Lookout, passed away June 18, 2021 at home.

Born on Aug. 10, 1935 at Powellton, he was the son of the late Paul Herbert and Margaret Leodia Gann Ashby.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Ashby.

Mr. Ashby proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

He was a graduate of the Class of 1953 at Montgomery High School.

He was the Sunday school superintendent for 18 years at Sunday Road Baptist Church at Hico.

Mr. Ashby was a cattle farmer and enjoyed fishing and camping.

Left to share his memory are his wife of 63 years, Loretta Kay Ashby; three daughters, Cindy and Mike Dickerson, Natalie Ashby (Larry Hughes) and Mendy Ashby; one son, Steve and Evelyn Ashby; 16 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Denny and Ramona Ashby; and special grandson, Shawn Ashby.

Funeral service was June 22 at Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, with Pastor Allen Donaldson and Pastor John Stiles officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

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Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Harrison B. Auxier Sr.

Harrison B. Auxier Sr., 95, of Dixie, passed away July 15, 2021, at home.

He was born Sept. 22, 1925, to the late Kester and Ida Bell (Clonch) Auxier.

He was of the Holiness faith.

He was the owner and operator of a local sawmill for many years. He was also retired from Cedar Coal Co. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Larry Stephen; sons-in-law, Don Bosley and David Long; brothers, Lawrence, Willie, Ervin, Eugene and Floyd; and sisters, Virginia, Gladys, Edythe, Nellie, Frances, Evangeline and Hazel. 

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 71 years, Stella (Elswick) Auxier; sons, Burton (Micky) Auxier of Dixie and Jerry Auxier (Rebecca) of Jodie; daughters, Diana Long and Vicki (Dan) Parker, all of Belva, Grace (Steve) Groves of Mt. Nebo and Marilyn (Tim) Simms of Elko, Nevada; sisters, Nadine Poff of Fayetteville and Blanche Massey of Mt. Olive; grandchildren, Stephanie (Mike) Gauding of Mt. Olive, Stephen (Kerri) Auxier of Dixie, Jennifer (Tom) Lipscomb of Coolville, Ohio, Traci (Brandon) Livingston of Parkersburg, Brandon (Cecily) Groves of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Justin Groves of Kanawha City, Katelyn Groves of Jane Lew, Timmy (Stephanie) Simms of Spring Creek, Nevada and Eric Simms of Chicago, Illinois; stepgrandchildren, Tony Long of Belva, Cheryl (Todd) Bush of Jodie, Eric Parker and Joe Parker, both of Summersville, and Michael (Katelin) Parker of Wallback; 13 great-grandchildren, 11 stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren. Special thanks to dad’s caregivers, Sue, Sherry and Bea. 

Graveside service was held July 18 at Auxier Family Cemetery, with Rev. Richard Harold officiating.

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Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Estil Leo Barnett

Estil Leo Barnett, 83, of Cedar Grove, passed away June 28, 2021 at Montgomery General Hospital following a long illness.

He was a retired coal miner for Valley Camp Coal Company and a member of Laurel Fork Advent Christian Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Rufus and Dimple Proctor Barnett; sons, Tony and Terry Hill; brothers, Troy, Mack and Ellis Barnett, Burl, Emory, Buck and Arlie Richard; and sisters, Ernestine Fitch and Wavie Butterworth.

Surviving are his wife, Charloette Richard Barnett; son, Estil Barnett Jr. (Marie) of Elkhart, Indiana; daughter, Sabrina Barnett of Elkhart, Indiana; brother, Douglas Barnett of Montgomery; sister, Dottie Messer of Pond Gap; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 5 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor William Messer officiating. Interment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Louise Boswell

Our beloved mother, Louise Boswell, 87, of Glasgow, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on July 15, 2021, after a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Eula Doss; first husband, Benjamin (Bryant) Payne; her late husband, Roger Boswell; son, Robert (Frank) Payne; brothers, Bill, Jim, Charles, Ed, Raymond and Roy; and sister, Marie Bailey.

She is survived by sons, Roger (Barb) Payne of Hurricane and Jim (Susan) Boswell and Bruce (Melody) Boswell, all of Cedar Grove; daughters, Linda (Howard) Murphy of Shrewsbury, Diane Hudnall of Cedar Grove and Kay (Larry) Short of Glasgow; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Raike of Illinois, Dinky Peyton of Campbells Creek and June Williams of Shrewsbury; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were July 19 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Entombment followed the services in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Charles “Romie” Cadle

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Charles Romie Cadle, 86, of Dawes, after a long illness, on July 11, 2021.

Born the last of nine children on Aug. 28, 1934, he was the son of the late George Russell and Della Cadle. He also was preceded in death by beloved wife of 58 years, Marguerite “Pete” Cadle; and siblings, Elbert, John Henry, George, Margaret, Ray, Grace, Bill and Rose.

Romie was born in Dawes and was a 1953 graduate of East Bank High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a Shriner with Beni Kedem Temple and a 32nd degree Mason with 50-year membership at Chelyan Masonic Lodge. A master electrician, he worked for FMC, Bethlehem Steel, Cedar Coal, and retired from the West Virginia Turnpike.

He attended Sharon Zion Church of God.

He is survived by his children. Mark and wife Robin of Knoxville, Tennessee, Leigh and husband Rich Tetrick of Cross Lanes and Leslie and husband Bruce Friend of Georgetown, Kentucky; grandchildren, Lesley Adkins, Erin Adkins and Tyler Williams; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Leigh and Alayna Rae; and dear friend, Jeff Vealey.

Special thanks to Hospice of Charleston for their services and Jennifer and Jim Shelton for their help and patience.

Services for Romie were held July 16 at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with Rev. Ron Massey officiating. Burial followed at London Memorial Park.

Romie’s driving service, shuttling patients and their families to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Lexington, held a special place in his heart. Please make memorial donations to Shriners Hospitals at

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Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Evelyn R. Manning Cox

Our beautiful mom, Evelyn R. Cox (nee Manning) entered Heaven July 17, 2021, nine days after turning 97. Don’t be sad, for she is where she wanted and needed to be, reunited with our dad, Elijah Cox; brother, Freddie V. Cox; lots of family and her best friends. She waited a long time for those pearly gates to open up and let her in. So be happy and rejoice!

Everyone loved mom’s beautiful laugh and smile, her kindness, her love for her family and friends. She loved gardening and weeding, as long as she could be out in the sunshine she was happy.

She was a lifelong Christian, longtime faithful member of the Glasgow United Methodist Church and a mentor to those in need.

She leaves behind her children, Doreen Roe, Eddie (Baldy) and Debbie Cox, Mary Nell and Chuck Smith and Cheryl Cox; her grandchildren, Jim, Deanna, Tony, Eli, Chelsea, Larry and Alex; multiple stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were July 21 at Glasgow United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Hudnall officiating. Burial was at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Please donate to the Glasgow United Methodist Church or Hospice or SPCA. The family would like to thank the church for all their kindness and support.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Darrell Robert Crist

Darrell Robert Crist, age 49, of Montgomery, died June 20, 2021.

He was born April 8, 1972 and was the son of the late Early and Arvella Crist. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Dewayne Crist.

Surviving: children, Brandon Crist, Kara Lovejoy and Jessica Crist; siblings, Concetta Sargent (Larry), Janet Massey (Jeff) and Shawn Crist (Patty); also brother-in-law, Damon Massey, and many nieces and nephews.

Darrell was a WV State Golden Gloves state champion, boxing under the Davenport Boxing Club.

Darrell will be cremated and the family will have a memorial service scheduled at a later date.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lona Faye Dempsey

Lona Faye Dempsey, 83, of Mt. Lookout, passed away June 14, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. 

Lona was a member of Reynolds Street FWB church for many years.

She received her master’s of nursing degree from WVU in May 1994. She retired as a head nurse supervisor from Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. 

Lona was born Oct. 8, 1937 to Arnold and Iva Marie Hanshaw Clonch in Smithers. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Dempsey, and a sister, Patricia Manley. 

Survivors are a son, Jack Dempsey and wife Delores of Mt. Lookout; daughter, Cynthia Linkenhoker of Oak Island, North Carolina; brothers, David Clonch and wife Debbie of Dublin, Virginia, Steve Clonch of South Charleston and Jimmy Hanshaw; sisters, Judy Conley and husband Joe of Drennen and Irene Husson and husband Raymond of Arlington, Virginia; grandsons, Daniel of Indianapolis, Indiana and Brad of Decatur, Georgia; a granddaughter, Heather of Hendersonville, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ariana and Isabelle; and several nieces and nephews. 

Service was held at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Arnold Nicholas officiating. Entombment followed at Sunset Memorial Park, Harper Road, Beckley.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Susan Gail Elswick Ferrell

Susan Gail Elswick Ferrell, age 66, of Mount Carbon, died peacefully on June 16, 2021 with her family by her side.

She was born on Dec. 8, 1954 to the late Foster and Reba Brumfield Elswick.

She attended Logan High School where she was a member of the marching band and the prayer club. She graduated in 1973 and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in education from West Virginia Tech and later, her master’s fegree from The University of Phoenix.

Susan began teaching math at Valley High School in 1978  where she spent her whole teaching career. Susan was well loved by staff and students at Valley High School, where many students referred to her as “Momma Ferrell.” She also taught adjunct math for WV Tech and BridgeValley for many years.

Susan was preceded in death by her husband, Ricky Lane Ferrell; her parents, Foster and Reba Elswick; her stepmother, Amanda Elswick; her grandmother, Amey Elswick; sister-in-law, Hortensia Elswick, as well as many others, all of whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by her only son, Seth Ferrell; sister, Melissa Elswick and family; brother, Jerry Elswick and family; nephew, David Elswick and family; as well as many other family and friends, including but not limited to Pamela (Darrell) Cain and family, Linda Ferrell and family, Kay Leake and family, Foster Hatfield and family, Jon Klele and family, Hollye, Tammy, Christy and Davy Elswick, special friends Denise Bowling, Sherilynn Fannin and family, Ernie Lovejoy and family as, as well as her entire Valley High School family, especially her beloved “Ya Yas,” Jackie, Barbara, Gwen, Anna and Mary, whom she loved as her chosen family. She truly loved every student she ever taught.

As per her wishes, Susan will be cremated. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Glen Ferris Inn at a later date.

Our family would like to extend our love and thanks to the amazing team of medical professionals at CAMC in Teays Valley for the excellent care that Susan was provided while in their care. 

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Homer “Peacher” E. Foster

Homer “Peacher” E. Foster, 69, of Eskdale, passed away July 8, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House.

He was the son of the late Paul and Mary Foster.

Peacher was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with his family. 

Peacher leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Debra Foster; sons, Greg Foster and wife Kristi, Donnie Foster and Jason Foster; grandchildren, Megan, Andrew, Dawson, Brandon, Breanna, Molly and Cloey; great-grandchildren, Weston, Parker and Briggs; brothers, Shelby Foster and James “Peanut” Foster and his wife, Brenda; sisters, Lilda Perez and her husband, Rudy, and Kathy Hodge and her husband, Elton; and a host of family and friends. 

Funeral service was held July 12 at Pryor Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial immediately followed at Foster Family Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

John Paul Hardesty

John Paul Hardesty, 78, of Glasgow, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 19, 2021 surrounded by family and friends after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Evelyn Shenefield Hardesty; a beloved cousin, Janet Tatterson Price; and son, James Robert Hardesty. 

John Paul served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968.

He retired from the natural gas industry and had worked for Cabot Gas Company, WV Power Gas Service, Allegheny Energy and Mountaineer Gas. John Paul spent his retirement years serving as a courier for Associated Radiologists, Inc. 

John Paul spent his life dedicated to the service of his community through his service with the Glasgow Fire Department for many years, Glasgow Town Council, Glasgow/Cedar Grove Lions Club and most importantly to him, service at the Glasgow United Methodist Church where he spent every Sunday morning praising God in the choir.

The children of Glasgow may have known him better as Santa Claus from the 1970s to 1990s and what a jolly ol' elf he was!

John Paul is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Puckett Hardesty of Glasgow; his daughter, Teresa McSweeney and husband Tim of Huntington; grandchildren, Banyan Kole Hardesty of Hurricane and Kayla, Lacy and Emily McSweeney of Huntington, sister-in-law, Vicki Acord of Hugheston; niece, Ginny Acord (Tony) of Plant City, Florida and Adam Acord of Beckley; several special cousins and countless family and friends who will continue his legacy of life, laughter, and love!

The family would like to thank the Glasgow Fire Department, Kanawha County EMS, Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, and the staff of Montgomery General Hospital and CAMC for their superior care of John Paul in his final moments. We also would like to thank Pastor Chris Hudnall for your constant presence during this difficult time. Your kindness and generosity will never be forgotten.

Funeral services were July 24 at Glasgow United Methodist Church, Glasgow. 

Graveside service and burial were at Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Glasgow United Methodist Church.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Larry Edward Holliday

Former Fayette County newspaper co-owner, publisher and editor, Larry Edward Holliday, died on July 13, 2021, at his home in Oak Hill.  

Holliday was born on Aug. 25, 1935, in Logan. He was the younger son of the late J. Kelvin Holliday and Kathleen Harris Holliday. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only brother, Robert K. Holliday of Fayetteville.  

Surviving Holliday is his adoring wife of 54 years, Faye Greene Holliday; and two special God-given daughters, Rachel Eells-Tom and her husband, Jason, of Round Hill, Virginia and Madeline Eells Pearson and her husband, Jesse, of Huntington. Surviving also are two beautiful grandchildren, Nyomi Carmen Tom and Jules Edward Tom; nephews, Kelvin Edward Holliday, Stephen Holliday, Robert Holliday, Brandon Holliday and Steven Greene; nieces, Kathleen Holliday, Margaret Greene Gray and Kathy Greene; and cousins, Margaret Harmon, Vanessa Walker and Susan Woods.

Holliday served as editor-publisher of The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, for more than 30 years, was co-publisher of The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, and was co-owner of The Meadow River Post, Rainelle.  

He was graduated from Montgomery High School in 1953 and was graduated cum laude from West Virginia Tech in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and history and government. He was chosen to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities his senior year at West Virginia Tech.

Following graduation from college, he immediately went to work as editor-publisher of The Montgomery Herald in Montgomery and later became publisher of The Fayette Tribune in Oak Hill.  

He also served in the West Virginia Air National Guard for six years from 1958 to 1964.

He was a longtime member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and choir member. He sang solos and shared testimony on many occasions and was devout in his faith, as was quite evident by the life he led.

Larry was known to be quick-witted, extraordinarily generous, genuinely kind, and a true gentleman. To know him was to absolutely love him. He opened his heart and his home to two little girls who cherish him beyond measure.

“Mr. Wonderful,” as his wife calls him, was truly a prince among men and now among the saints. Faye, Rachel and Maddy will carry him in their hearts forever. They love him deeply and dearly – always have and always will.  

Expressions of sympathy and donations may be made to the Oak Hill Baptist Church, 613 Lundale Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901. There will be no funeral or visitation. A memorial service may be held at a later date.

Holliday was enrolled in the Human Gift Registry for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg.  Thank you to the Tyree Funeral Home staff, Hospice, and to all of the wonderful caregivers for their dedicated service.

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Helen Ann Johnson

Helen Ann Johnson, age 92, of Hugheston, died July 24, 2021.

She was born Sept. 4, 1928 at Eagle and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha Tucker Hess.

She was a member of the Church of God and a dedicated Sunday school teacher for 55 years and she will be sadly missed.

Surviving: son, Gary Johnson Sr. and his wife, Doris, of Dunbar; grandson, Gary Johnson Jr. and wife Christena Johnson of Lexington, Kentucky; grandson, Kevin and wife Erica Johnson of Kenna; three great-granddaughters, Leanna Johnson Depriest and Lauren and Lindsey Johnson; and sister, Nettie Creen of Swansborow, South Carolina.

Service was July 28 at the chapel of Montgomery Memorial Park at London with Rev. David Trauffer officiating. Burial followed in the memorial park.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Helen Robinson Lively

Mother, Mom, Grandma, Mamaw. Helen Robinson Lively, 94, passed away July 6, 2021, making her final journey home to reunite with her beloved Tracy and the Lord and Savior, peacefully with family and friends by her side.

She was born to parents Eugene and Emma Burke Robinson on March 15, 1927, in Caretta.

Helen graduated from Montgomery High School in 1945.

She married the late Tracy Lee Lively on June 14, 1948, residing in Smithers until 1957, eventually moving to Lively to raise their family.

Helen is survived by three children, Jane Peterson and husband Harry of Barboursville, David Lively Sr. and wife Jerri of Bristol, Virginia and Rebecca Meredith of Lively, with whom she made her home; and a nephew, John Smoot of Teays Valley. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and her devoted friend and caregiver, Doris Stover.

Helen’s greatest love was for children. She was privileged to work in the Fayette County School system as a secretary for Pax Elementary School. She loved each and every child there and was blessed to have served. She spoke fondly of her time there, up until her death. She was a mother to many.

Services were July 9 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Wilbur Franklin Long

Wilbur Franklin Long, 72, of Gauley Bridge, died July 15, 2021. 

Wilbur, often referred to as Buck, was born March 25, 1949, in Gauley Bridge, a son of the late Wilbur G. Long and Elva J. Kincaid Long.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Elkem Metals.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Ann Pritt.

Survivors include his three children, Michael (Samantha) Long of Summersville, Dustin (Jamie) Long of Ceredo and Brittany (Danny Jr.) Prather of Oak Hill; girlfriend, Elaine Davis of Gauley Bridge; mother of his children, Kathy Lilly of Oak Hill; three siblings, Bill Long of Fayetteville, John Long of Richmond, Virginia and Robert Long of Fayetteville; six grandchildren, Preston and Kinsley Long, Ava and Jade Long and Chase and Shain Willis; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was July 18 at Pennington-Smith Funeral Home in Gauley Bridge.

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James Cline Lucas

James Cline Lucas, 71, of Gallagher, passed away June 28, 2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Jim was born on Dec. 6, 1949 at Mahan, son of the late Virgil and Ethel Kees Lucas.

He was a West Virginia surface mine inspector and a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

Jim had also been a member of the Mount Hope Lions Club.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 46 years, Kathy Lucas; daughter, Kelly Jenkins and husband Kevin of Pratt; son, James “JC” Lucas and wife Terrie of Virginia; brothers, Gerald Lucas and wife Deanna of Oak Hill and Ed Lucas and wife Becky of Virginia; and grandchildren, Samatha Lucas, Melissa Lucas and Katelynn Lucas.

Services were held July 1 in the chapel of High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Bill Gillman officiating. 

Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Dallis Kent Maynard

Dallis Kent Maynard, 74, of Belle, passed away June 29, 2021 at home.

He was a retired mechanic for the Teamsters Union, a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the Belle Church of Christ.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Maynard; daughter, Mylissa Smith; and father, Lester Maynard.

Surviving are his daughter, Marsha Burke (Herbie) of Lexington, Kentucky; mother, Edna Copley; brothers, David Maynard and Drewey Maynard, both of Wilsondale; sisters, Darlene Hancock and Dorothy Copley, both of Wilsondale; son-in-law, Wesley Smith of Belle; grandchildren, Joshua and Mackenzie Smith and Olivia and Brevin Burke; and great-grandchildren, Sophia, Jaeden, Emma and Ella Smith.

Funeral services were held July 3 at the Belle Church of Christ with Joe Pauley officiating. Interment followed in Williamson Cemetery, Wayne County.

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Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Charlotte McCallister

At 37 weeks, Charlotte McCallister passed in her mother’s womb. On June 24, 2021 at 1:15 p.m., she was birthed into this world with her earthly body, although her spirit had gone to Heaven, now in the arms of Jesus and her beloved family who have gone before her. She is beautiful and perfect in every way. Her button nose, chubby cheeks, and perfect little lips matched her mommy’s without a doubt, right down to her long fingers and toes.

We know she would have been a daddy’s girl, since he was definitely wrapped around her little finger before she even got here. She was and will continue to be loved by so many people. She was our whole entire world for 9 months and will continue to be for as long as we shall live.

Charlee was held ever so lovingly in both her mommy’s and daddy’s arms. As we kissed her little hands and the top of her head for as long as possible, we let her know how much we love and dearly miss her.

Charlotte leaves behind her mother, Sarah Bess, and father, Eric McCallister.

She also leaves behind her grandparents, Gary and Tina Bess of Cannelton; great-grandmother, Dianna Boggess of South Charleston; aunts, Ashley Bess and Kayla McCallsiter; uncle, Aaron Bess; and cousins, Raven Mullins, Aizlyn and Aurora Bess.

A memorial visitation service was held June 30 at Carbondale Baptist Church, located near the Smithers area.

A graveside service was held for immediate family afterwards where she was laid to rest at Kanawha Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Doug McClure

On the night of June 26, 2021, Doug passed away peacefully at Hospice Care, CAMC Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. He was surrounded and comforted by family members at the time of his passing.

Doug was 74 years old and the first born of six children to the late Rufus and Jean McClure, of Riverside.

Doug graduated from Cedar Grove High School, Class of 1965.

Soon thereafter, he started his lifelong career at Columbia Gas where he served 33 faithful years as a well operator and scuba diver.

Doug enjoyed jogging, fishing, scuba diving, and spending time with family and friends.

He was a lifelong member of the Masons.

Doug was also preceded in death by cousins, Basil Hudnall of Cedar Grove and Roger Myers of Florida; nephew, David McClure of Pratt; and lifelong friend, Lester Allen of Ansted.

Doug is survived by his sister, Donna Burdette; brothers, Richard (Diana) McClure, David (Donna) McClure, Jeff McClure and Bradley Thomas; former spouse, Linda McClure; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held July 1 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery with Pastor Roger Goodwin officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Terry Edward Shamblen

Terry Edward Shamblen, 61, of Mammoth, went home to be with the Lord on July 22, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Hospice House from a short illness.

He was a graduate of Dupont High School and he was a retired coal miner and welder/mechanic.

He always had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard “Eddie” Shamblen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sheila (Hudnall) Shamblen; his children, Krista (Josh) Critchfield of East Bank, Matthew (Ashley) Shamblen of Hernshaw and Brittany (Mike) Pauley of Kimberly; mother, Doloris Shamblen of Mammoth; nine grandkids; brothers, Elton and Eric Shamblen, both of Monroe County; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services was July 28 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Gary Frampton officiating. Private family burial followed the service at the Shamblen Family Cemetery, Ballard.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Samuel G. Smith

Samuel G. Smith, of Powellton, passed away on June 27, 2021, following a short illness.

He was born in Montgomery on April 28, 1960, son of the late John and Ollie Smith.

Samuel left Montgomery for a short time but returned to meet his wife, Christie.

He got a job at Montgomery General Hospital and eventually was able to lead his union, United Steel Workers of America, as president.

Sam loved his family. Helping people brought great joy to Sam and, in the end, he had become a strong pillar in the community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John and Larry Smith, and sisters, Janet and Mary Francis Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Christie Smith; children, Angela (John) Hudson, Christopher (Stephany) McGhee, Stacey McGhee and Brianna (Charles) Westfall; grandchildren, Marcus White, Matthew White, Myles White, Asia McGhee, Quade McGhee, Kai McGhee, Briggs McGhee, Zachary Westfall, Zoey Westfall, Carly Westfall and Colton Westfall; great-grandchildren, Tyke White and Maverick Westfall; sisters, Ann Toney of Beckley, Donna (Gary) Smith of Dunbar, Maxine Coats of Kimberly, Pam Smith of Deepwater and Pandora Peoples of Columbus, Ohio; brothers, James (Sandra) Smith of Montgomery, Charlie Smith of Deepwater and Calvin Smith and Melvin Smith, both of Beckley; nephews, Juan Smith, Shannon Smith and Ronald Coats; niece, Tina Toney; and a host of friends.

A memorial service was held for family and friends July 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Billy Wayne Tucker

Billy Wayne Tucker, age 71, of Deepwater, was granted his angel wings of July 13, 2021.

He was born Nov. 16, 1949 to the late William Earl Tucker and Virginia Rice Tucker.

He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1968 and later went on the become a certified electrician and certified HVAC. He had a lifelong career in maintenance, employed with Broughton’s and retired from Montgomery General Hospital.

In his spare time he loved to hunt and assemble model cars.

Billy Wayne was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and hunter. He will be missed and remembered by all.

Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Dravenstott Tucker; daughter, Nancy Tucker-Schoolcraft; grandchildren, Taylor Shaye, Zack Barton and Jaylea Sky Baldwin; deceased brothers and sisters, Larry Tucker, Barbara Ney, Keith Tucker Anita Tucker, and surviving, Terry Tucker of Shrewsbury; many nieces and nephews, but Allison Young and Ryan Tucker were dear to his heart.

Service was July 17 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Deacon Greg Petry officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ralph L. Underwood

Ralph L. Underwood, 82, of Hughes Creek, passed away July 19, 2021 at home after short illness.

He was retired from Cannelton Industries with 11 years of service.

Ralph was a member of the Hughes Creek Community Church.

Ralph was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Janet (Ford) Underwood; sisters, Louise, Norma and Doris; brothers, Donald, Jackie and Terry; surviving son, Norman “Ralphie” (Sherry) Underwood; daughters, Carolyn “Sissy” Harrison and her husband, Wayne, and Janet “Annette” Waugh and her husband, Ricky; brothers, Larry and Garland and his wife, Shirley; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the Hughes Creek Community Church July 23 with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Burial followed the services in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Claudia Darlene Wilson

Claudia Darlene Wilson, age 66, passed away at home on July 11, 2021.

She was born on March 26, 1955, daughter of the late Claude “Buster” and Pauline Wright of Cedar Grove.

Claudia was a wonderful storyteller and had a kind word for everyone she met.

She was a faithful Christian, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and an avid reader. Claudia was a long time active member of Hughes Creek Community Church where she lead the youth group and taught Sunday school for many years.

Her church students and her family all benefitted from Claudia’s expert sewing and crafting ability. Claudia was known for sewing Easter dresses, Halloween costumes and even a wedding dress for her many grateful family members.

Claudia enjoyed watching football with her family, and supported our military, having been the mother of sons who served overseas during times of conflict. 

Claudia is missed by her family and friends, including Bobby, her husband of 49 years; and their three sons. Jason of Dunbar, Matt of Harker Heights, Texas and Nick of Saint Albans and their families. Claudia was blessed with eight grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren who were her pride and joy. She is also missed by her church family; and her four siblings, Watenia Alley of Glasgow, Rick Wright of Clifton, Virginia, Randy Wright of Charleston and Lori Barron of Cincinnati, Ohio, and their families. 

Visitation and funeral services were July 15 at Hughes Creek Community Church with Pastor Gary H. Tucker officiating. Internment followed immediately thereafter at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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