Barbara Anne Koontz Baker

Barbara Anne Koontz Baker, 86, of Fayetteville, passed from this world to her home in heaven on Dec. 23, 2019.

Born May 16, 1933 in Kenna, she was the daughter of the late Luther Vasil Koontz and Dorothy Faye Koontz.

She graduated from Ripley High School in 1951, and received her Bachelor of Music from Morris Harvey College in 1955.

She was a retired elementary music teacher, and spent many years teaching voice and piano lessons.

She was a member of Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, where she was the choir director for 40 years. Barbara was also the choir director for the Fayetteville Community Chorus for numerous years.

She was a member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club, and was Fayetteville’s Citizen of the Year in 2005.

Barbara dedicated her life sharing her love and knowledge of music, and blessing us with her beautiful voice. Her faith and music legacy inspired and touched so many lives in a profound and meaningful way. A bit of her lives on and shines every time we make a joyful noise.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Owen Baker, and son, Mark Joseph Lawhorn.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Anne Lawhorn of Fayetteville, Jacqueline Souder of Seneca, South Carolina and Holly Mitchell and Brent Baker, both of Fayetteville; her grandchildren, Steven Lawhorn, Mark Anthony Lawhorn, Lisa Bennett, Andrea Williams, Hannah Mitchell, Jared Mitchell, Kathleen Baker and Brandon Baker, several great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services was held Dec. 28 at Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, with Mike Burton officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

Robert H. “Big Bobby” Doss Jr.

Robert H. “Big Bobby” Doss Jr., 67, of Holly Grove, departed this earth on Jan. 6, 2020.

He was born Jan. 2, 1953 to Mary Jane and Robert Doss Sr.

Bobby was an outstanding and talented musician, also known as the “Granddaddy of Soul.”

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Jane Doss; brother, Phillip Doss; and sister, Diana Pratt.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Ellen Doss. He is also survived by his children, Lisa Doss of Crown Hill, Lil Bobby Doss of Holly Grove and Valerie and Charlie Lanham of Livingston; sister, Sue Green, and brothers, Jimmy and Roger Doss, all of Holly Grove; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Jan. 11 at the Paint Creek Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Anthony Pratt officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

James Albert Harler Jr.

James Albert Harler Jr., 74, of Fayetteville, passed away Jan. 2, 2020, at CAMC General in Charleston.

Born Aug. 13, 1945, in Kincaid, he was the son of the late James Harler Sr. and Nathilee Ingram Harler.

He also was preceded in death by a grandchild, Sterling “Jamie” Ramsey; brother, Doug Harler; and sister, Mary Gravley.

James was a retired electrician from the coal mines, a United States Navy veteran, and a loyal and faithful member of the Kincaid United Methodist Church.

He loved spending as much time as he could with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Carolyn Shieler Harler; daughters, Amee Ramsey and Anessia Cassidy and husband Phillip; grandchildren, Sidnee Ramsey, Jacob Cassidy and Bailee Cassidy; brothers, Larry Harler, Billy Harler and Don Harler; sisters, Becky Clark and Marti Bertram; many nieces and nephews along with other family members.

In keeping with James wishes he will be cremated. A visitation was held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Jan. 5.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Marnetta “Netta” Harper

Marnetta “Netta” Harper, 83, of Handley, departed this life Jan. 17, 2020, with the memory of Psalms 23. She was born July 3, 1936, to the late Alfred and Louise Martin of London.

Netta graduated from Washington High School, London. She married at age 19 and through the marriage had four sons and one daughter with the late Walker Denolly Conliffe. After the passing of her husband, she was then married to William “Bubba” Harper for over 40 years.

Netta retired from West Virginia Institute of Technology with 20 years of service where she was a cashier in the cafeteria. She loved music, playing spades and talking with her friends.

Netta pitched and played shortstop for the London Green Sox, coached by the late William Parks. She especially enjoyed cooking during the holidays and hosting family and friends.

Netta loved to travel with her husband, Bubba, in the U.S. and abroad. She was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church, London.

Netta was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Louise Martin; brothers, Alfred Martin, Edward Martin and Nathaniel Martin; sisters, Ella Davis and Olivia Boone; and son, Glen Conliffe.

Netta leaves to cherish her memory her husband, William Harper; brother, Chris Martin of London; sister, Lillian Sanders of Staten Island, New York; sons, Gregory (Debra) Conliffe of Institute, Anthony Conliffe of Winfield and Walker Conliffe Jr. of Montgomery; daughter, Sheree Nelson of Knoxville, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; special aunt, Bea, and sister-in-law, Bessie Martin of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

God saw the road getting rough and He decided to take Netta home to rest, where there will always be peace. She will be greatly missed, and her memory will be cherished and loved forever.

Ethel Maxine Howe

Ethel Maxine Howe, 91, of Montgomery, passed peacefully at Montgomery Rehab and Nursing on Dec. 25, 2019.

She was born Aug. 28, 1928 at Holly Grove and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was the last living child of Ira and Nancy Seacrist Huffman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Michael Wayne Murphy and Mitchell Dean Murphy.

She was a private caregiver and attended Montgomery Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Catherine Darling (Jim) of Montgomery, Timothy E. Murphy (Cindy) of Maple Heights, Ohio and Joy Ellen Stansberry (Howard) of Raeford, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and her extended family at Montgomery Rehab and Nursing.

Service was Dec. 29 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ernest Russell Jenkins

Ernest Russell Jenkins, 71, of Evans, passed away Sept. 26, 2019 at his home.

He was born Aug. 28, 1948 in Smithers, a son of the late Earl and Gypsy (Ward) Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Allen Jenkins; and sisters, Marcella Kearns, Lois Jenkins and Elizabeth Jenkins.

Ernest was a United States Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam era.

He was a retired furnace supervisor from Elkem Metals in Smithers and a member of the United in Christ Church in Cottageville. Ernest enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and working. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family and his dog, Teddy.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Delores McCallister Jenkins; son, Brandon Jenkins and his wife, Dayna, of Ripley; daughters, Leslie Crockett of Ravenswood and Sandra Speed and her husband, John, of Mien; stepsons, Dewayne Profitt and his wife, Angie, of Shinnston and David Profitt and his wife, Bambi, of Fairplan; sisters, Linda Jenkins and Mary Gillispie, both of Smithers, and Sue Carroll of Martinsburg; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Service was Sept. 30 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, with Pastors Kevin Jennings and Bradley Goodwin officiating. Burial followed in the Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military rites provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard.

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Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Pamela Sue Johnson

Pamela Sue Johnson, 58, of London, passed away on Jan. 13, 2020.

She was born in Montgomery on Nov. 8, 1961 to the late Delbert and Carol Sue Bragg Johnson.

She is survived by her daughter, Christinya Riley of London; sons, Chirstopher Coping of Handley, Brodric Coping of Lexington, Kentucky and Marcus Coping of South Charleston, along with eight grandchildren.

At this time there will be no service or visitation.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Hugh Glover Kennedy

Hugh Glover Kennedy, collector of jokes, books and rocks from vacation spots and other useless items of sentimental value, died Dec. 9, 2019 at Columbus Hospice House on Moon Road, Columbus, Georgia. He was 82.

Mr. Kennedy was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Montgomery. His father, Carl, was a dentist; his mother, Mary Eugenia, a homemaker; and both of his brothers grew up to practice dentistry with their father. When Hugh Kennedy chose English as a college major, he called himself “the black tooth of the family.”

He had a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a master’s from the University of Georgia.

He met Charlotte Ann Bradfield in the early 1960s as he came south to serve several years in the U.S. Army. Mutual friends from the First Presbyterian Church choir introduced the couple. In their courting days, Hugh walked Charlotte home to her apartment and, playing off Hamlet’s “Good night, sweet prince,” substituted the word “princess.” Charlotte would laugh as he insisted he was being romantic.

The day of Mr. Kennedy’s proposal, he asked Charlotte to play Chopin’s “Raindrop Prelude” on the piano in her parents’ home in Valley, Alabama. The unsuspecting Charlotte had to play the piece several times before he worked up his nerve to ask her to marry him.

Hugh and Charlotte wed on Aug. 14, 1964 in Valley. Their son, Brad, was born in 1967 and daughter Allison came along in 1968. Mr. Kennedy was a proud and fun father. As Charlotte slept late on Saturday mornings, Hugh would let the children put chocolate chip cookies in their otherwise healthy cereal.

When Brad or Allison would scrape knees or elbows, he’d place them on the bathroom counter for bandaging, calling himself “Dr. Daddy.”

He taught his children to drive on his stick-shift truck; his son to play golf, a game Mr. Kennedy enjoyed since childhood; and he also introduced his children to good music, a love of reading, stale jokes and the importance of generosity and hard work. He was patient in the ways that mattered but was impatient in grocery store lines and with telemarketers.

Mr. Kennedy gave to numerous charities around town and nationally, and believed in giving anonymously. Throughout his life, he was active in Kiwanis, the Jaycees and volunteered extensively at First Presbyterian Church. For many years, Mr. Kennedy provided his share of levity and wisdom at the weekly Men’s Prayer Breakfast.

In his work life, Mr. Kennedy first taught English and English Literature at the former Baker High School, then at Hardaway High School where he also coached the golf team.

He changed careers in his 30s, becoming a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of Georgia. He enjoyed helping people find their path in life and others to reenter the work force after becoming disabled.

His leisure time included many rounds of golf, yard work and tending to the family pets. One of his favorites was a golden retriever named Molly.

He and Charlotte traveled extensively, especially in their retirement years. He was very happy to visit at least two famed golf courses, Pebble Beach and Augusta National. (In the mid-1990s, he and Allison bumped into the pro golfer Bernhard Langer at a grocery store during Masters Week. Knowing of Langer’s German heritage, Mr. Kennedy asked where they might locate the German potato salad.)

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Kennedy; children, Brad Kennedy of Lula, Georgia and Allison Kennedy Owen (Michael) of Columbus; brothers, Nathaniel Kennedy and Carl Kennedy; and six nieces and nephews. The family believes that Mr. Kennedy’s trip to Heaven included a stop in West Virginia.

A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 First Avenue, with the Revs. Danny Dieth and Connie Happell officiating.

Memorial donations are welcome to First Presbyterian Church, 1100 First Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901; or to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Road, Columbus, GA 31909,

Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy, 83, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, passed away on Jan. 3, 2020 at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.

Pat was born April 2, 1936 in Crossroads, West Virginia, daughter of the late Howard LeMasters and Virginia Fawcett LeMasters.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Nat Kennedy of Myrtle Beach; son, David of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter, Jean of Charleston; sister, Karen of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and grandchildren, Natalie, John Paul, Michael J., Clare, Alexis and Austin.

The family grieves the loss of a wonderful soul, a bright and shining light.

A memorial service was held Jan. 18 at First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, 3810 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet assisted the family with arrangements.

Mamie G. Lawrence

Mamie G. Lawrence, 86, of Mount Olive, passed away on Dec. 10, 2019.

She was born in Belva on June 23, 1933 to the late Christopher Columbus and Mabel Dove Parks Simmons. Along with her parents, she also preceded in death by her husband, William Lawrence, and her daughter, Tammy Jo.

She was an avid seamstress, woodcrafter and she was very crafty.

She is survived by her children, David Lawrence (Marlene Hamrick) of Nettie, Linda Johnson (Charles) of Elkridge, Kathy Hovatter (David) of Parma, Ohio, Evelyn Auxier (Timothy) of Mount Olive, Debora Blankenbeckler (Keith) of Louisville, Kentucky and Julie Taylor (Russell) of Florida; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Nellie DeBoard of Elkhurst and Eva Gray (Jerry) of Turtle Town, Tennessee; brother, Luther Simmons of Bomont; along with several nieces and nephews.

Service was Dec. 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Thurmon Sizemore officiating. Burial followed at Rich Creek Cemetery, Jodie.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Albert Franklin (Frank) Mink

Albert Franklin Mink (Frank), 84, of Bentree, passed away Jan. 24, 2020, at his home with family by his side.

A quiet, kind and gentle man, Frank was born Dec. 6, 1935, son of the late Albert W. and Myrtle Boyd Mink.

Frank was a dedicated coal miner for 44 years, starting as a laborer and leaving as a superintendent before retiring as a rock truck driver.

A handyman at heart, Frank would spend time working on cars, home remodeling and woodworking. His grandchildren brought him great joy and he loved spending time with family.

As a member of the First Baptist Church, Dixie, Frank served as a deacon and trustee. A self-taught piano player, he provided inspirational music in the church for over 30 years.

Married Oct. 17, 1957, Frank leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Frances Tracy Mink. Also surviving are sons, Rick (Donna) Mink of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and Roger Mink of Dixie; grandchildren, Kyle Mink of Industry, Pennsylvania, Travis Mink of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Lindsay Mink of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; brothers, Ron (Karen) Mink of Gallagher and Steve (Annie) Mink of Summersville; sisters, Carolyn Sue Goodson, of Ocala, Florida and Judy (Percy) Jarrell of Boomer; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Preceding Frank in death were brothers, Marvin C. Mink and John W. Mink, and a sister, Nancy E. Pennybacker. 
Frank provided great love, strength and guidance for family and friends, as well as strangers.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Minister Jeff Sevy officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Delores Eva (Dee) Masters

Delores Eva (Dee) Masters entered this earthly life Dec. 8, 1947 and went peacefully into the arms of Jesus at her daughter’s home Jan. 22, 2020. At 5:43 a.m., my precious momma was set free and welcomed into heaven to be with the many friends and family that has gone on before her including her beloved mommy, Eva Belle (Frye) Masters, and her daddy, James Ora Masters, who she loved deeply and missed every day.

She leaves behind her husband, Michael Kacer; three children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Valeria Jo Bibbee of Belva, will forever miss her; they held onto each other through everything, endured even until the very end; son-in law, Mark Wayne Bibbee, also of Belva; her son, Shawn Westley Lawrence of Minden, the baby of the family she always tried to protect, even from seeing the worst throughout her illness; her daughter-in-law, Misty Dawn Lawrence, who mom was very proud of her accomplishment in nursing; and a son who lives in Indiana, Larry Dale Lawrence. Her eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were the highlight of her life, she was so proud of each of her “grandbabies” and loved them dearly; they are as follows: Madeline Grace Lawrence (Maddy), Lillian Belle Lawrence (Lilly), James James Bibbee, she was always so proud of his love and dedication to her, Katelynd Marie Bibbee and her children Kalyn Belle Bibbee, Sophia Victoria Grace Bibbee, and Alexander Wayne Clonch, Haleigh Cheyenne (Bibbee) Williams and her daughter, Adalynn Paige Williams, Logan Wayne Bibbee, Faith Kathleen Bibbee and Hannah Shiloh Bibbee,

She was known by all who knew and loved her as “Dee.”

A graduate of Morris Harvey College, Charleston, she went on to be a Licensed Practical Nurse and later becoming an interstate truck driver in order to better provide for her children.

She had a great talent for baking, eventually opening her own cake decorating and catering business, Sugar Shack Inc.

She was a very gifted decorative painter, loved teaching classes and selling her artwork. She was also very proud to have completed two editions of her family genealogy. Aside from gardening and spending time talking with her friends, she loved more than anything else being with her children and grandchildren.

Her faith and love for Jesus remained strong all the way to the end of her battle. She would always manage to look at you through all the pain and sickness and smile saying, “God is good.” She was a friend to anyone who knew her and would help anyone out with anything they needed if she could, even going without herself to help someone else out.

God was with her all the way and miraculously filled her with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost when she was baptized the night of Jan. 17.

Lucy Elizabeth O’Dell Matics

Lucy Elizabeth O’Dell Matics, 92, of Fairmont, formerly of Handley, passed away on Nov. 3, 2019. She was born on July 22, 1927 in Cannelton to the late Orion and Mary Lanham O’Dell.

She also was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Matics Sr.; son, James Matics; granddaughter, Andrea; and great-granddaughter, Lauren.

She was a nurse at Montgomery General Hospital for 20 years and a lifetime member of Handley Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Billy Matics (Debbie) and David Matics (Lori); her daughter, Linda Pollastrini (Bill); seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service was held at the chapel at Montgomery Memorial Park at London with Rev. Essie Ford officiating. Burial followed in the memorial park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston WV 25837.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Joan Phyllis Nasby

Joan Phyllis Nasby, 87, of Hansford, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 11, 2020, at CAMC-Memorial Division. She passed away peacefully with her beloved granddaughter by her side.

She was born Oct. 18, 1932 in Burnwell, the daughter of the late Dewey and Hallie Cantley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son, Michael; and sister, Lillian Foreman.

She was a graduate of Montgomery High School, attended Capital City Commercial College and West Virginia Tech.

She retired from the State of West Virginia and was a member of Campbell Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by her brother, Richard Cantley and his wife, Sue, of Parkersburg; sister, Jan Buchanan and her husband, Steve, of Monument, Colorado; brother, David Cantley and his wife, Janie, of Charlotte, North Carolina; cousin, Margaret Ann Atkins of Gallagher; granddaughter, Christina McArthur and her husband, Jody, of Columbia, South Carolina; great-grandsons, Christopher and Murray; and great-granddaughter, Lacey.

Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Phillip Walton officiating. Entombment followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lemon Earl “Zeke” Perdue

Lemon Earl “Zeke” Perdue, 76, of Smithers, died Dec. 25, 2019.

He was born in Jodie on April 4, 1943, son of the late Ronald and Ida Bell Gray Perdue.

He was retired from Cedar Coal Company.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Landers Perdue; three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 30 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Roger Goodwin and Rev. Lee Holliday officiating. Entombment followed at Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum, London.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN. 38105-9959.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

David L. Pickens

David L. Pickens, 63, of Wildcat, passed away Sept. 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was residing with his brother, Richard Grey, while battling lung cancer. He was born Feb. 14, 1956 in Montgomery. 

He is survived by daughters, Danielle Pickens and Jessica McElwain of Michigan; five grandchildren; brothers, John (Robin) Grey of Charleston, Richard (Becky) Grey of Midland, North Carolina, Billy (Lois) Pickens of Blackshear, Georgia and Leland (Michelle) Pickens of Wildcat; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, William G. Pickens; mother, Betty L. Pickens; brother, Larry A. Baldwin; and sister, Linda Hedricks. 

Service was Oct. 5 at the Ireland United Methodist Church in Ireland with Rev. James R. Baldwin officiating. Burial was in McCutcheon Cemetery, Ireland.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Randall “Boots” Pritt

Randall “Boots” Pritt, 66, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 1, 2020.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1953, son of the late George E. Pritt and Sarah L. Pritt of Cannelton. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Pritt of Hugheston and Greg Pritt of Pensacola, Florida; and a sister, Sandra Puffenbarger of Powellton.

Randall was loved by many. He had a large family that included 10 brothers and three sisters. He spent countless hours at “Sunday dinners” and enjoyed sharing time with his family on holidays.

Randall’s favorite hobbies included trout fishing, hunting, berry picking and watching his favorite teams play sports on TV. He also enjoyed sci-fi movies and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Tammy Pritt of Montgomery; son Jeremy Pritt and wife Karen of Homosassa, Florida; son John Pritt and wife Adrienne of Chelyan; Brandon Oiler of Montgomery, who was raised as a son; grandchildren, Makayla Pritt and Makenzie Pritt, both of Homosassa; brothers, Dennis Pritt of Cannelton, Terry Pritt of Powellton, Jerry Pritt of Cannelton, Roger Pritt of Smithfield, North Carolina, Kenneth Pritt of Mebane, North Carolina, George D. Pritt of Boomer, Steven Pritt of Cannelton and Gary Pritt of Lashmeet; sisters, Barbara McMillion of Peterstown and Mary Roat of Bull Push. He is also survived by 36 nieces and nephews and 58 great-nieces and nephews.

Service was Jan. 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Frank Brown and Rev. Troy Stafford officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Troy August Simley

Troy August Simley, 68, was born May 14, 1951 to the late Phillip and Oretha Simley in Eagle. He departed this life and went home to be with his Lord in the early morning hours on Dec. 31, 2019 at home with his wife, daughter, grandson, lifetime friend, and sister-in-law by his side.

He was a member of Emmanuel Tabernacle Church of Page, where he gave his life to Christ and was baptized on May 12, 2019.

Troy attended and graduated from Montgomery High School where he was a star athlete.

After high school he was drafted into the United States Army where he served three years’ active duty. He then joined the National Guard and served another 15 years.

He was a hard-working man who loved working with his hands. During his lifetime he worked for Appalachian Power, Valley Camp Coal Company, Union Carbide and at the time of death was an employee of Dow Chemical where he worked for 30 years.

Troy enjoyed gathering with family and friends. He made everyone laugh and never met a stranger. His favorite pastime was playing with his grandchildren, cooking and watching cooking shows, hunting, fishing and anything outdoors. He had a servant’s heart and would help anyone in need.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Phillip Simley Jr., William Simley, Charles Simley and James Simley.; and sister, Isabelle Godfrey.

Troy leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Carol; daughters, Felicia Simley Jean of Garner, North Carolina and Tikisha Simley of Deepwater; son, Marshall Jean, aka the boyfriend, of Garner, North Carolina; brothers, Robert (Carolyn) Simley of Dallas, Texas and Richard (Cyndy) Simley of Wesley Chapel, Florida; sisters, Geraldine Thompson of Long Beach, California, and Sylvia Robinson, Frances McGigor, Deborah (Ike) Whiting and Darlene Simley, all of Detroit, Michigan; only granddaughter, Eboni Overby of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandsons, MyChall Simley of Deepwater and Larry Overby and Marshall Jean, both of Garner, North Carolina; brother/sister-in-love, James and Geral Scott of Deepwater; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom he dearly loved.

Homegoing celebration was held Jan. 11 at Brookside Ministries, Mount Carbon, with Rev. William I. Kinney officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Madeline Rose Ewing Sizemore

Mother Madeline Rose Ewing Sizemore of Deepwater passed away in her sleep Jan. 18, 2020 at home. She was 92.

She loved all her children and grandchildren deeply. 
She cared about the people she met in life; those that knew her knew that she was a kind and loving person. 
She always said she was blessed to have so many children and to have four generations of grandchildren. 
She said she might not have known all of them but she loved them all the same.

Graveside services for Madeline were held Jan. 24 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Dr. Victoria S. Santos Timbayan

Dr. Victoria S. Timbayan (née Santos), of Mount Carbon, died surrounded by her family on Dec. 31, 2019. She was 74 years old.

Victoria is survived by her husband, Dr. Adin L. Timbayan of Mount Carbon; children, Dr. Marie Isabel T. Green and husband Steven of Pinch and Aladdin John Timbayan and wife Melissa of Morgantown; her grandchildren, Ashley Reese G. Green, Ella C. Green, Henry J. Timbayan and Miles C. Timbayan; sisters, Carmelita Manubay of Wilmington, Delaware and Guillerma Almario of The Philippines; brothers, Jose Santos of Seaford, Delaware and Florentino Santos of Canada; her loving sister-in-law, Olivia Timbayan of The Philippines; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Asher J. Green of South Charleston; her parents, Lope Santos and Remedios Serrano of The Philippines; and her sister, Teresita Francisco of Maryland. 

Victoria was born on April 11, 1945 in Malabon, Philippines to Lope Santos and Remedios Serrano.

She graduated from the University Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of The Philippines, with a medical degree in 1969. She married fellow medical student Adin Timbayan in 1972 and the couple moved to the United States of America where she completed her residency in anesthesia at Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, New Jersey.

In 1978, the young couple moved to Mount Carbon where they raised their family and practiced medicine together in nearby Montgomery for over 35 years.

She was a member of the St. Anthony’s Shrine/Immaculate Conception Catholic parish in Boomer and Montgomery.

She was a proud and caring grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her children remember her as a driven, brilliant woman and a loving mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.

A mass of Christian burial was Jan. 7 at the St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer. Father Dominik Baok officiated the ceremony. Burial took place at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Artie “Boo Boo” White Jr.

Artie “Boo Boo” White Jr., age 64, of Montgomery, passed away Aug. 3, 2019 after a sudden illness at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen White; mother, Dorothy L. Smith; stepfather, Henry “Sonny” Smith; grandparents, James and Mattie Evans; sisters, Drema Evans and Mary Jane Smith; Aunt Alice and Henry English, Nellie Mae and Uncle Charles Evans.

After graduation from Montgomery High School, he went to Bluefield State College to play football for a short time. He was a true fan of the Washington Redskins and no matter win or lose he stuck with them.

Artie was a dedicated hard-working man. He served at the Town Center Mall as one of their maintenance technicians for 34 years. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. Small but definitely mighty, he never left a job unfinished or spoke an unkind word. His smile and laugh will be missed by many.

He is survived by his sisters, Lisa Cox and Laurie Johnson of Michigan; brothers, Larry “Poochie” Evans of California, Gary and Carol Evans of Charleston and Granville “Put” Smith of Montgomery; aunt, Beverly Evans of Charleston; uncles, James “June” Evans of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Vernon White of Middletown, Ohio and Donald White of Kimberly; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service was Aug. 10 at Eagle Central Baptist Church with Rev. William Kinney officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kathleen Elizabeth White

Kathleen Elizabeth White, 90, of Handley, died Dec. 28, 2019.

She was born Dec. 12, 1929, the daughter of the late Carl and Ethel Spencer Canterbury. She was also preceded in death by her longtime companion, Roy Sowards.

She was a member of the Handley Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving: children, Victor Sowards and wife Garnett of Handley, Mike White and wife Karen of New Jersey and Kathy Lee Grant of New Jersey; brother, Rob Canterbury of Handley; sisters, Nancy Fox and husband Chuck of Montgomery and Bonnie Harrison and husband Dennis of Hampton, Virginia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Service was Jan. 2 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Robert Hairston officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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