Jewell Alice Landers Auxier

Jewell Alice Landers Auxier, 79, of Mount Olive, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 20, 2021, following a long illness. A testimony of true Christian love, she will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.

Born in Ward on Sept. 12, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James “Mont” and Virginia “Ginny” Holstein Landers.

She discovered early on in life that her true calling was caring for others. From her siblings, parents, in-laws, children, and grandchildren to the many friends she found along the way, she will forever be remembered as a loving caregiver and friend to all.

Jewell married her sweetheart, Floyd, in September of 1958 and remained faithfully devoted to him until they could be reunited in Heaven. 

She was retired, working last as an activities aide and CNA at Montgomery General Hospital. 

In addition to her parents and beloved husband of 61 years, Floyd Auxier Sr., she was preceded in death by her son, Floyd Auxier Jr.; and brothers, Carlos and Rick Landers.

She is survived by her children, Betty Craze (Richard) and Grady Auxier (Tabatha) of Mount Olive; grandchildren, Alicia Wade (John) of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Chad Auxier (Sarah) of Hurricane, Rachel Bailey (Luke) of Nitro, Nicholas “Nick” Craze (Crystal) of Glen Ferris, Taylor Auxier (Christian Bird) of Mt. Lookout and Christian Auxier of Mount Olive; great-grandchildren, John and James Wade, Addison and Aycen Auxier, Maxwell and Aiden Bailey, Harmony and Roman Craze and Willow Bird; brothers, Jim, Doc, Fred and Karm Landers; sisters, Doris Harrison, Linda Fisher, Brenda Bourque and Cindy Asbury; and a great number of nieces, nephews and friends. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the administration and staff of Montgomery General Hospital Acute Care and Emergency Departments, especially Dr. White and Dr. Eggleston, as well as Kanawha Hospice for their compassionate care during her illness. 

Service will be at 12 noon on Friday, Feb. 26 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home and all are asked to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be sent to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312-2536.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lewis Edward Baker

Lewis Edward Baker, 94, of Lizemores, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 8, 2021. 

He was born on Oct. 16, 1927 in Widen. He is now singing for the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Della Baker; brothers, Carl, Ralph and Ray; granddaughter, Shelly Graham; and son-in-law, Sidney Summers. 

His favorite things to do were work in the garden, sing, and ride in his little red truck with his sidekick, Bubbles, who was his dog.

He served in the Army during World War II in Germany and Poland. He was an ambulance driver. 

Edward was blessed to be married to Janice (Morton) for 75 years. He had three daughters, Sandra (Bill) Legg of St. Albans, Dorcas Summers of Michigan and Kathy (Rodney) Wayne of Lizemores. He had six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren with another due in June. He also had many friends. 

Edward was one of the original members of the Brighter Side Quartet for 48 years. He traveled all over West Virginia singing. He made many CDs for family and friends which will be cherished forever.

He was a lifelong member of the UMW. He worked for Central Appalachian for many years. He was a retired coal miner.

He was a member of the Lizemores Methodist Church.

Funeral service was Feb. 14 at Lizemores Methodist Church with Pastor Barry McCune officiating.

Please make donations to the Lizemores Methodist Church in his name.

Rev. Dana Ray Brown Jr.

Rev. Dana Ray Brown Jr., 78, of Concord, North Carolina, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jan. 26, 2021.

He was born Feb. 2, 1942 to the late Dana Sr. and Goldie Brown of Witcher and spent his childhood in eastern Kanawha County before enlisting in the United States Army at the age of 17.

Dana served his country with honor and distinction for 28 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 1987.

He then went into service of the Lord, achieving a master’s degree in divinity while pastoring several churches in the Charleston area and serving as a chaplain at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Janet Marie Brown (Stephens); and sister, Brenda Welch.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Jean Brown; sons, Dana R. Brown III (Terra) of Sissonville, Greg Brown (Sheri) of Belle and Todd Brown of Belle; daughter, Michelle Farley (Eric) of Belle; stepsons, John Ashworth (Beth) of Statesville, North Carolina, David Ashworth (Pat) of Rockwell, North Carolina, Bruce Ashworth of Linwood, North Carolina, Scott Ashworth (Tracy) of Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina and Todd Ashworth (Katie) of Concord, North Carolina; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Jonathan Smith officiating. Interment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow, with military graveside rites performed by Kenova Post 93 American Legion. A walk-through visitation was held one hour prior to service time at the funeral home on Saturday.

Please visit the website at to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Gary Wayne Burnside Sr.

Gary Wayne Burnside Sr., age 69, of Kincaid, passed from this life on Feb. 11, 2021 from complications of Black Lung Disease.

He passed peacefully, surrounded by family, as snow blanketed the Earth and with the sounds of his grandchildren’s laughter as they played in the snow outside.

Born June 14, 1951 at the home of his beloved grandmother in Kimberly, he was the son of the late John Paul Burnside and Virginia Frances (Bass) Burnside. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rhonda Lynn Sharp; paternal grandparents, Luther Preston and Sarah Alice (James) Burnside; and maternal grandparents, William Elmer and Marvel Frances (Stone) Bass.

Gary was an underground coal miner for over 30 years. He was well respected and held in high regard by the men who worked for him over the years. It was not uncommon for his children to run into “his men” who would always speak highly of the man he was and how much they enjoyed working for him.

Coming from generations of Appalachian men and women who loved growing anything and everything, Gary continued this tradition and took great pride in his gardens. He passed down his love of gardening to his children and grandchildren who you’d often find in the garden working alongside him. From spring until fall, from daylight until dark, you’d find him in his garden. And once all the work was done and not a weed was in sight, he’d sit in his chair by the garden, enjoying the peacefulness of the sleepy hollow he was born and raised in, as well as the sense of accomplishment he got from growing food for his family, friends, neighbors, doctors, pharmacists and anyone else with whom he could share his wealth.

As much as he loved gardening, his greatest joy was his family. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and brother who was always there for you and would do anything for you. He loved wholeheartedly and unconditionally and anyone who loved him never doubted that. Gary was one of a kind and the world is much dimmer without his light shining on us.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 47 years, Sherry Lynn (Perdue) Burnside; daughters, Brandi Lynn Burnside, Amy Gail Burnside and her fiancé, Scott Long; son, Gary Wayne Burnside Jr.; grandchildren, Autumn Brooke Warwick, Franklin Robert Warwick and Lily Grace Stewart; brothers, Mark (Lois) Burnside and Bryan (Sharon) Burnside; sister, Cheri (Eskie) Preece; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

The family would like to thank all the friends and family as well as the friends of their children for their love and support over the last few months. Special thanks to his sister-in-law, Sharon Jean, whom he loved like a sister, for her help in caring for him these last months.

Service was Feb. 16 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. LeRoy Gray officiating. Burial followed in Kincaid Cemetery at Kincaid.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Nola Mae (Kees) Clements

Nola Mae (Kees) Clements, 91, passed away on Feb. 7, 2021 after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.

She was a kind, loving soul. She was a people person and never met a stranger. She loved kids and they loved her.

Her pride and joy was her grandkids, Melodie and Greg.

Nola was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Leva Kees. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eldridge Clements; sisters, Vada Craig, Ethel Lucas and Gladys Nichols; and brothers, Bill Kees and Bannon Kees.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sherry Smith of Collinsdale; granddaughter, Melodie Smith of Collinsdale; and grandson, Gregory Smith of Given. She is also survived by brother, Robert (Bob) Kees (Donna) of Plain City, Ohio; sister, Kathleen Lively (Paul) of Oak Hill; sister-in-law, Mary Kees, who was like a sister, of Collinsdale; numerous nieces and nephews and loads of friends. We were blessed to have her in our lives and will continue to be blessed by our memories.

Nola graduated from Kingston High School in 1949. Her favorite hobby was reading and she loved to sing. She loved going to church and was a member of Burnwell Church of the Nazarene.

Visitation was held Feb. 10 at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Funeral services were held at the Burnwell Nazarene Church on Thursday, Feb. 11 with entombment following at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Donations of sympathy may be sent to Burnwell Nazarene Church, 241 Collinsdale Rd., Gallagher, WV 25083.

Gary E. Duffey

Gary E. Duffey, 73, of Belle, passed away at home while sleeping on Jan. 25, 2021.

Gary graduated from Dupont High School and worked at AEP for 41 years, almost entirely at John Amos Power Plant.

He enjoyed over 10 years of retirement; devoting the majority of his time to working and playing with his two favorite sidekicks, grandson Blake and great-grandson Maddox.

He was a great husband, father, and grandfather. Always ready to help with any job and laughed loudly at any jest. His memory is a keepsake, with which we will never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts and you will be loved forever.

Preceding him in death were his father, “Smokie” Esmond Duffey; mother, Lula Bell Hancock-Duffey; brother, Dewey Duffey; and sister, Sharlene Tucker.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Duffey; brother, Bill Duffey; sisters, Abby Hancock, Debbie Stone and Carolyn Kerns; sons, Eddie, John and Shane Duffey; his “favorite” ex daughter-in-law, Tera Duffey; grandsons, lil Shane Duffey, Mason Casto and Blake Duffey; and great-grandson, Maddox Duffey.

In keeping with Gary’s final requests, his cremation wishes will be honored and there will be a memorial celebration held at a later date.

Please visit the website at to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Jessica Lynn Estep

Jessica Lynn Estep, age 34, of Montgomery, died Feb. 7, 2021.

She was born April 24, 1986 at South Charleston, the daughter of Barbara Reynolds (partner James Wood) of Ronceverte and William Estep of Charleston.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, is son, Malik of Rand; daughter, Murial, of Parkersburg and son, Leander, of Parkersburg; siblings, Tabatha Feury of White Sulphur Springs, Amber Hamrick of Savannah, Ohio and William Estep II of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was loved by everyone she knew.

A celebration of her live was held Sunday, Feb. 21 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Terry Lee Gray

Terry Lee Gray, 61, of Ansted, was taken from us Jan. 29, 2021 at Memorial Division of CAMC in Charleston. 

Terry was born April 20, 1959 at Montgomery General to parents Harry and Pearl Taylor of Belva, who preceded her in death. 

She graduated from Gauley Bridge High School in 1977, and shortly after began work at Hawks Nest Lodge in Ansted where she worked until retirement. 

She also worked as a security guard for 12 years at the same time as her regular job. 

Terry was also preceded in death by sisters, Louise Crouse of Belva and Patricia Jane “Dix” Mullins of Dixie; and brothers, Harry Jr., Gilbert and Bob Taylor. 

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Vinson Gray of Ansted; son, Whitney Gray of Illinois; and daughter, Deseree Gray of Chicago. Also her twin sister, Tilda Martin of Hilton Village; sister, Nancy Harper of Dixie; and a host of friends and family.

Graveside service was held on Friday, Feb. 12 at Hill Cemetery, Belva. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at Carnifex Ferry Shelter 4 in Summersville. 

Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Patricia June Caudill Green

Patricia June Caudill Green, 73, of Paint Creek, passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, 2021 after an extended illness.

Patricia was born in Milburn on June 20, 1947, to Trula Fay Caudill and William Isaac Caudill.

Patricia was first and foremost a woman of God. She dedicated her time to spreading the word of Christ as pastor of Paint Creek Church of Jesus Christ. Singing and music brought her much joy, especially when she could share it with her family and congregation.

Patricia graduated from East Bank High School in 1965 and then attended WV Tech for her clerical certification. Through her life she worked at Export-Import Bank in D.C., Kroger and as an office manager for Pryor/Long and Fisher Funeral Home for 17 years. She retired as a secretary at Tincher Safety Incorporated in 2015. 

She was a loving wife of 51 years and is survived by Earnest Green; children, Roger (Melissa) Green of Cabin Creek, Cherrie (Robert) Michaelson of Charleston, Christy (John Paul) Stephenson of Scott Depot and Bobby (Brooke) Green of South Charleston; siblings, Billie (Rhual) Dunlap of Oak Hill, Barbara (Charles) Wiley of Somerset, Pennsylvania and Deborah (Tony) Garza of Portage, Indiana. She was half-sister to Alberta (Mike) Workman of Hico, Bill (Cheryl) Caudill of Ansted and Ralph (Kim) Caudill of Ansted; grandmother to Anna (Bradley) Hager and Samantha Stephenson; great-grandmother to Kai Hager; niece to Noel McMillian of Abington, Virginia; sister-in-law to Clyde (Linda) Green of Witcher Creek and Ray (Sue) Green of Holly Grove; and aunt to many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by Pocahontas McMillian, Trula Caudill, William Caudill, Agnes Green, Silmer Green, Troy Green, Fred Caudill, Kim Caudill and Brian Caudill.

Service was held at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery on Jan. 28, with John Paul Stephenson leading the service. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lena Virginia Haskett

Lena Virginia Haskett, 90, of Cannelton, departed this life on Feb. 2, 2021 in her home surrounded by her loved ones.

Lena was born on Oct. 20, 1930, daughter of the late Robert and Ada Oliver. Her beloved husband, Aden Arlie Haskett, also preceded her in death in January 1966.

She is survived by her five children, Bonnie Jean Boggs (Larry) of Cannelton, Rickey Ray Haskett (Cindy) of Ocean View, Delaware, Joseph Forest Haskett (Diana) of Salem, Virginia, James Allen Haskett (Janie) of Walton and Robert Keith Haskett of Cannelton. Lena was blessed with seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-grandson on the way, three granddogs and an abundance of nieces and nephews.

Lena was a member of Carbondale Baptist Church and exemplified what a good Christian should be: Generous, kind and forgiving. Her dedication to her church was unsurpassed.

Lena’s quick wit and sparking smile made her a favorite of everyone who knew her. She worked for many years at West Virginia Tech as part of the kitchen staff. Her work ethic made her a valuable employee, but it was her personality that made her beloved.

Lena had a special affection for children. She was instrumental in raising several of her grandchildren and never hesitated to help her family with the care of their infants.

Lena was fond of going to yard sales and enjoyed that endeavor with her great-niece, Barbara. She was fearless and even enjoyed a ride on the back of a Harley with her nephew, Eddie Cox, when in her 80s.

Lena will be missed more than words can describe.

The family requests donations be made to Carbondale Baptist Church at PO Box 11, Cannelton, WV 25036.

Service was Feb. 5 at Carbondale Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Highlawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Carol Sue Johnson

Carol Sue Johnson, age 77, of London, died Feb. 15, 2021.

She was born Feb. 25, 1943, the daughter of the late Albert and Hilda Bragg.

Surviving: grandchildren, Christimya, Christopher, Brodric and Marcus Copning; nine grandchildren; and her sister, Sandra McGray.

There will not be any service or visitation at this time.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

James Paul Lively II

James Paul Lively II, of Jodie, went home to be with Jesus on Jan. 29, 2021.

Born July 14, 1966, he was preceded in death by his father, James Lively, and brother, David Lively. 

James is survived by his mother, Nancy Lively of Jodie; wife, Brandi N. Lively; children, Molly Walker of Powellton, Autumn Lively of Beckley and Jeffery Lively of Jodie; brother, Aaron Lively (Jessica) of Ravenswood, and Jesse Lively of Gauley Bridge; sisters, Terry Arthur of Gauley Bridge, and Sherri Lively of Jodie; and several nieces and nephews. 

James was a coal miner for 30 years. He loved all his children, nieces and nephews as well as family and friends. 

A graveside service was held Feb. 5 at Rich Creek Cemetery, Jodie. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Domigene Lowe

Domigene Lowe, of Pratt, went home to Jesus on Jan. 29, 2021 at the age of 92.

Domi was born to John and Aileen Hager on July 22, 1928 in Longacre.

She was welcomed into heaven by her loving husband Jimmy, and young son, Mike, who passed away at 15 months. Domi and Jimmy had celebrated 51 years of marriage before his death in 2002.

They were blessed with three children, Mike, Patricia and Diane, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Domi also loved her church family. She was a member of Old Kanawha Baptist Church and nurtured countless children in the nursery. Domigene had a servant’s heart and was always the last to leave any church event, making sure every last dish was washed. She and Jimmy prepared communion for many years. Throughout her life, she held an unwavering faith in God.

Domigene didn’t have many hobbies, but she was always busy. She took pride in her housework, gardening and canning. She had a passion for cooking and baking made-from-scratch pies and cakes for her family and friends.

If you wanted Domigene to sit down, you better have a rocking chair. We will always cherish the memories of Sunday dinners at Maw Maw Domi’s. As the matriarch of her family, she hosted many family reunions over the years.

Domigene also enjoyed and looked forward to the many Fridays with her “Lunch Bunch” friends.

Domi is survived by her daughter, Patricia Hartman, and son-in-law, Rob, of South Charleston, and daughter, Diane Lowe of Pratt; grandchildren, Lesley (Jason) Adkins of South Charleston, Sean (Stephanie) Hartman of Anchorage, Alaska and Derek (Brooke) Hartman of Lavalette; great-grandchildren, Emma Hartman (Sean), Claire and Colin Hartman (Derek), and Jaxon Adkins (Lesley) and her furry lap companion, Buddy the cat.

Domigene was also preceded in death by three brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Lorraine Hager, Tom and Mary Ann Hager and Jerry and Brenda Hager; also, her cousin Pearl Riley, who was like a sister to her. Domigene was blessed with several caregivers, in addition to her loving daughters, in the last two years of her life, Michelle Lake, Mary Pat Wheeler, Sue Westfall, Ava Davis, Sharon Edwards and her PCP Vicki Dobbins. All those are thanked, as well as Hospice, especially her nurse Sonja, for helping to keep her at home and as comfortable as possible.

A private family service followed an hour of visitation on Feb. 5 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Jeffrey B. McGraw

Jeffrey B. McGraw, 64, of Ripley, formerly of Glasgow, passed away Jan. 28, 2021 at home after a long illness.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Damon and Marie Comer McGraw. Survived by sister, Candace Garten, and her husband, Tim; nephew, Joshua Garten; and special friend, Kathy McGraw Hayes; and a host of other family members and friends.

Graveside services were Feb. 3 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow, with Rev. David Lucas officiating. Burial followed the services in the cemetery.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Culton Overton Minor III

Culton Overton Minor III, 64, of Kimberly, passed from his earthly home to his eternal home in Glory on Feb. 5, 2021.

He was born on Sept. 9, 1956 to the late Culton Minor Jr. and Emma Elizabeth White Minor. He was also preceded in death by his son, Vincent Bryant.

Culton was a 1974 graduate of Montgomery High School.

Culton was a member of Eagle Central Baptist Church.

He was employed by Carbon and Fuel Coal Company, Lowe’s of Charleston, GE Stamping plant and Dirt Busters at WVU Tech.

Kite, as we all called him, loved his family, and helped to care for his parents until their death. He loved his community and neighbors. His gentle ways, kindness and presence will be missed by all.

Mourning his passing are his brother, Master Sgt. (Retired) Cedric L. Minor and wife Terri; sisters, Paula (Edward) Murry of Kimberly, Keena D. Biggers of Groveport, Ohio and Lola Y. Cosby of Augusta, Georgia; daughters, Tanya (John) Middleton of Mt. Carbon and Tonya Terrell of Smithers, along with granddaughter, Audrey Middleton, and Alexis Terrell; grandson, Michael Terrell; and Aunt Shirley White of Kimberly. Kite leaves cherished memories with his several nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

At the family’s request, due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be no public viewing or service. The family thanks all persons and medical professionals for their support during Culton’s time of illness and during their time of bereavement. Special thanks to Kanawha Hospice and O’Dell Funeral Home for the special care they have given us. 

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ricky Allen Moore

Ricky Allen Moore, 60, of Dixie, passed away Feb. 20, 2021.

He was born Feb. 7, 1961 in Montgomery, son of the late Everette Moore and Ernestine “Maggie” Parrish Moore of Smithers.

Along with his father, he was also preceded in death by his brother, James Moore.

He is survived by his mother, Maggie Moore of Smithers; daughter, Christina Davis and her husband, Kevin, of Nitro; his grandchildren, Demetria Foster, D’Mitrius Johnson, J’Mace Johnson and D’Mitrik Johnson; great-grandchild, Kameron Cousins; sister, Pam Schoolcraft of Smithers; brothers, Ronnie Moore and wife Pat of East Bank and Gary Wayne Moore; partner, Bill Briganti of Lewes, Delaware; sister-in-law, Jane Moore of Oak Hill; along with several nieces and nephews.

In honoring his wishes there will be no services.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Charles Edward “Chuck” Nunley ll

On Feb.y 16, 2021, Chuck Nunley passed away peacefully at home.

Chuck was born in Charleston to the late Charles “Mousie” Nunley and Mary “Jackie” Shafer Nunley on Jan. 25, 1969. He was only 52 years old when he suddenly passed away.

Chuck graduated from Valley High School in 1987 and lived his life in the Smithers and Montgomery area. He was well known in the community he loved and worked hard to make it a better place.

Known as Spyder Crowley, Chuck was in several wrestling groups and had fans everywhere he went. He was a member of the Appalachian Pro Wrestling, Mason Dixon Wrestling and Mountain State Wrestling, just to name a few. With his tag team partner, Walter Montgomery (known as Johnny Blast), they formed the Urban Death Squad and traveled many places to wrestle and entertain.

Chuck was an amazing artist. His goal was to make himself a household name and have his artwork displayed in many homes. He exceeded that. There are several murals throughout the area he has created, and his artwork is on display in museums across the state.

He helped form the UKV Art Group, the Montgomery Art Group, and the Smithers Plein Air Art Group with other artists. They spent weekends painting for the people in their town and selling their art. They wanted a safe place for people to gather and have fun on the weekends. In November of 2017, the Gazette did a feature article on his achievements as an artist and his hopes on revitalizing Montgomery. He was involved with the YMCA, teaching art classes; he sold and gave his art for fundraisers; and participated in the Spray Paint Art at Bridge Day.

Chuck also illustrated a book by S.A. Dickinson called “Life is Hard Then You Die: A Book for Millennials and Future Generations.”

He volunteered his weekends to help at City Hoops Basketball League and the Autism Awareness Walk each year.

His most recent hobby was building and racing RC cars. He had so many they filled his living room and basement. He would put his own spin on the cars he built by painting his artwork on them. He spent hours working on them and enjoyed racing the cars on weekends with the 304 Street Outlaws Group with his girlfriend.

Chuck was a Master Mason of Coal Valley Lodge #74 AF&AM and the Royal Arch Mason Lodge #47, Knight Templar Commandry #4 and a member of the Montgomery Park Board.

He was happy, fun loving and made people smile wherever he went. Chuck was the life of the party and left you laughing.

Of all his accomplishments, his greatest were his children. They were the sparkle in his eye and the smile on his face. They were his whole life. In the past five years, Chuck was the happiest he has been with his life. He had his kids with him, a home, a great job, hobbies, and the woman he loved.

Left to keep his memory alive are his pride and joy, his daughter, Kennedy Nunley, and son, Trey Nunley; his sisters, whom he adored and they him, Johnna (Tommy) Wills, Vicki (Todd) Barrie and Carla (John) Rogers; nieces and nephews, Tommy (Dagny) and Ava Wills, Megan and Sophia Angel, David and Oliver Barnhart, Lindsey (Josh), Eleanor and Elizabeth Thompson, Trevor and Kenzie Barrie, Adrian Crowder, Nathan Brown and Maryssa Rogers; his final love, Jennifer Lopez; and the mother of his children, Kathie Nunley. He leaves behind many family members and friends with broken hearts. His lifelong best friend, John Frisby, and family were like his second family and loved him as their own.

Service was Feb. 20 at the Gateway Center (former Valley Elementary School) in Smithers, with a walk-through visitation for friends, followed by a family-only service.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Terry L. Phalen

Terry L. Phalen, a pioneer in the New York financial world who opened doors for other women, died peacefully Feb. 3, 2021 at home in New York City from cancer. She was 72.

Terry, who was born Dec. 14, 1948, was raised in Montgomery and attended West Virginia University on a Claude Worthington Benedum Scholarship. She majored in Business Administration and was elected to Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Honorary.

Terry started her career at Coopers and Lybrand in New York City upon her graduation (1970). She became a CPA and was determined to succeed, and succeed she did. Terry’s work ethic, knowledge and ability to understand clients’ needs stood out. She developed national bank/brokerage training courses and co-authored, “ERISA: A Bank Internal Audit Guide.” Promoted to Audit Manager, she reviewed financial sector mergers and acquisitions.

At Paine Webber (1979) she became VP of Branch Services, in charge of five departments serving 140 retail offices nationally.

She then became CFO of Merrill Lynch Futures (1983), and managed $1 billion. She conceived and developed investment programs that increased annual profits by $13 million. Promoted to Senior Financial Officer of Global Operations, she developed the first integrated exposure alert system across all operational activities.

Terry became Director of Global Operations at Salomon Brothers (1996) overseeing operations in the US, UK and Asia. At Arthur Andersen Business Consulting (1998), Terry authored “The Future Electronic Marketplace: A Critical Crossroad for the U.S. Securities Market Structure,” published by the International Operations Association (July 1999).

With the advent of early trading platforms, Terry moved to Vienna, Austria to launch online trading for for Central and Eastern European Markets. She returned to NYC (2001) as COO for Ashland Management, where she increased revenues and served on the Investment Committee.

In 2003 Terry founded Bennett Butler, which did consulting and trading projects. She was the sole developer of a high-yield investment platform that concentrated on preservation of capital.

Terry shared her knowledge and talents as an officer and Board Member with the following organizations:  West Virginia Society of NY, International Operations Association, Downtown Athletic Club, and the YWCA Retirement Fund. She was President of the Gotham Business and Profession Women’s Club (BPW/USA) and was NY State Chair of National Business Women’s Week in 1986. Frequently, she was a featured speaker at many women’s organizations.

Terry became a golfer as a way into the male-dominated financial world. Golf, however, became her passion. She loved to travel, and the cities of Europe were among her favorite destinations, as well as The NYC cultural scene. Plays, classical ballet, and light operas were among her favorite outings. She adored cats.

Terry was predeceased by her beloved granny, Elizabeth Chittum; her father, Clarence (Bugs) Phalen, and her mother, Ruby Phalen Oliver.

Terry is survived by her siblings, Jill (Kevin) Reardon, Clarence (Kathy) Phalen, Jean (Tim) Meyers and JoBeth (Scott) Yambrich and many friends and colleagues.

Her local survivors are Eldena Light Kincaid and her family.

A private burial will take place in Montgomery. Donations can be made to Animal Medical Center in NYC and ASPCA-Upper East Side.

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Johnny Allen Porter Sr.

Johnny Allen Porter Sr., 77, of East Bank, died Jan. 24, 2021.

He was born in West Virginia on June 14, 1943 to the late Orville and Acrneath Moss Porter. 

He was a retired truck driver of 45 years.

He loved hunting, fishing and loved talking and meeting people.

He is survived by his wife, Twylla Jean Belcher Porter; children, Johnny Allen Porter Jr. of St. Albans and Devin Louise Porter of East Bank; grandchildren, Miley H. Porter and Trenton S. Porter; sister, Brenda Ladoucer of Princeton; brothers, Ernest Porter of East Bank and Charles Pettry of South Charleston.

A private service will be held for the family. He will be laid to rest at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

George “G.W” Reeves III

George “G.W” Reeves III, age 78, of Clifftop, died Feb. 21, 2021.

He was born July 5, 1942 in South Charleston and was the son of the late George Jr. and Ida Dunn Reeves J. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Ann B. Reeves; and brother, Jack Reeves.

He was a graduate of WVU and an avid supporter of WVU athletics.

He was retired CEO of Ficon-Bush Insurance agency and he belonged to Fayetteville Presbyterian Church.

Surviving: wife, Donna Miller Reeves; children, Betsy Cunningham and husband Steve of Johnson City, Tennessee and George Reeves IV and wife Kristal of Charleston; stepchildren, Iva Limbach (Dustin) of Glen Allen, Virginia and Donald Conley (Jackie) of Scott Depot; sister, Janet E. Reeves of Charleston; grandchildren, Alex and Jacob Cunningham, Gwen and Brawley Reeves, Ashton and Kaelin Limbach and Maddie Conley.

Graveside service was held Feb. 24 at Graceland Memorial Park in South Charleston with Pastor John Holland officiating. Burial followed in the Memorial Park. Friends are welcome to visit with family one hour prior to the service at the graveside. 

Memorial contribution can be made to Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, 401 Maple St., Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Timothy John Roop

Timothy John “Tim” Roop, 44 of Sandstone, passed away Feb. 11, 2021 at WVU Medical Center in Morgantown following a short illness.

Born June 12, 1976 at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of the late Harold R. and Rita Johnson Roop.

Tim was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School and was an employee of Cramer Security in Beckley.

He formerly worked as an EMT for many years and was actively engaged as an EMT First Responder during 9-11 in New York City.

He attended Central Baptist Church in Hinton, loved fishing and, most importantly, spending time with his beloved family.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley Williams Roop; a daughter, Isabella Roop of Richwood; brothers, Stephen Roop and wife Frances of St. Albans and Dave Roop of Gauley Bridge; and nieces, Nayomi Pollutra and Lila and Faith Williams.

Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial followed in Upland Cemetery near Hinton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pivont Funeral Home to defray expenses.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Ruth Hively Saulton

Ruth Hively Saulton, 95, of Scott Depot, formerly of Belle, passed away Jan. 26, 2021 at Rolling Meadows Place, Scott Depot.

She was a member of Judson Baptist Church, Belle; a 50-year member of the Salina Lodge #27 Order of the Eastern Star; and an aide for Kanawha County Schools.

Preceding her in death were her husband, George H. Saulton; parents, Basil and Callie Payne Hively; sisters, Lucille Hively and Ernie Legg; and brothers, Darrell and James Hively.

Surviving are her daughters, Robin Saulton of Teays Valley and Debbie Campbell (John) of Naples, Florida; sister, Ruby Shamblin of Clendenin; grandchildren, Geoff Campbell (Rachel) and Johnna Hoffman (Chris); and great-grandchildren, Avery and Morgan Lyn Hoffman.

Private family graveside funeral services were held Feb. 1 at the Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Glasgow, with Charles Webb officiating.

Please visit the website at to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

James Andrew Smith

James Andrew Smith, 94, of Fayetteville, passed away on Jan. 21, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born Oct. 22, 1926 in Kincaid, he was the son of the late Andrew Jasper and Willie Mae McCormick Smith.

He also was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard Smith and Bob Smith; and sisters, Elsie Hughes and Gracie Lewis.

James work on the railroad before retiring after 42 1/2 years, served his country as a United States WWII Army veteran, and loved spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include children, Regina Maxwell, Deanna Taylor, Debbie Stevens, Mark Smith and James Smith; 24 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Roger Smith; and sisters, Dolly Keffer, Patty Manning and Leona Dye.

Graveside service, followed by burial, was Jan. 24 at Kincaid Cemetery in Kincaid, with Pastor Ronnie Persinger officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Floyd Donald Stamper

Floyd Donald Stamper, of East Bank, passed away on Jan. 29, 2021 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with Amyloidosis. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beverly Yates Stamper; daughter, Melissa Stamper Burgess (Jason) of Clayton, North Carolina and Natalie Stamper of South Euclid, Ohio; beloved grandchildren, Shelby and Seth Burgess of Clayton, North Carolina; mother, Louise Stamper of Chelyan; sister, Sandy Stevens (Clark) of Dunbar; brothers, Tommy Stamper (Paula) and Jeff Stamper (Beth), all of East Bank.

Don graduated from East Bank High School, where he was captain of the basketball team and somewhat of a legend in the area. He was a member of Hampton Baptist church, a board member for Kanawha County Parks and Recreation, a member of East Bank town council, where he diligently worked for improvements. Don’s love for children was reflected by his generosity and service for the many years he volunteered as the town Santa Claus. His wit and humor was the genesis of many stories. Don has left a void in our family that will never be filled. “Fly High my Viking.”

A celebration of life was held Feb. 3 at Hampton Baptist Church, East Bank. Deaconess Lulu Scalise officiated.

Please make memorial donations in Don’s name to St. Jude: ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences can be left by visiting

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Ronald Edward Surbaugh

Ronald Edward Surbaugh, 82, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 31, 2021, following a long illness. Born on July 4, 1938 in Diamond, Ronnie was the son of the late Herman Adam and Evelyn Steele Surbaugh.

Ronnie was employed by American Electric Power at Cabin Creek and Kanawha River plants, retiring after 32 years.

After retirement, he purchased golf clubs and spent many hours on the links with his daughter and friends. He also loved to hunt, fish and travel with his family.

Baptized into Judson Baptist Church on Oct. 23, 1949, he was believed to be the longest living member at the time of his passing.

He was also a member of Chelyan Lodge No. 158 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Orient of West Virginia, Beni Kedem Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters and Kanawha Chapter No. 38, Order of Eastern Star.

Ronnie previously served in the West Virginia Air National Guard, was a former member of the Beni Kedem Shrine Motor Corps and served 42 years on the Belle Town Council.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Deardorff Surbaugh; daughter, Rhonda Surbaugh of Belle; nephews, Brad Deardorff and wife Elizabeth of New Market, Maryland and Jeff Deardorff and wife Lynn of Belle; great-nieces, Rebekah and Lauren Deardorff of Belle; great-nephews, Dana Deardorff of Columbus, Ohio and Kerrick and Gareth Deardorff of New Market, Maryland.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the nursing staff at Hospice of West Virginia, CAMC Memorial Division, for the kindness and compassion extended during the past week.

Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Minister Charles Mays officiating. Interment followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with Masonic graveside rites performed by Chelyan Lodge No. 158 AF&AM. A walk-through visitation was held one hour prior to service at the funeral home on Friday.

Please visit the website at to send the family online condolences or sign the guest book.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Ginger Lee Bush Totten

Ginger Lee Bush Totten, 64, of Gauley Bridge, entered into rest Jan. 27, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Lee Pickens, and her parents, Dan and Velma Bush. 

She is survived by her sisters, Judy Naylor of Gauley Bridge and Carline Sue Bird of Gauley Bridge; and brother, Freddy Paul Bush of Syracuse, New York. 

Per her request, Ginger will be cremated with no services. 

Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Virginia “Maxine” Treadway

Virginia “Maxine” Treadway, age 94, of Powellton, passed away Feb. 1, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

She was preceded In death by her husband, Gordon “Merk” Treadway; parents, Frank and Kate Jarrett Edelman; brothers, James, Robert, Tommy and Junior Edelman; and sisters, Deloris Angel, Carol Hess and Margaret Bass.

Maxine is survived by her only daughter, Vickie Estepp and husband Al of St. Albans; her beloved grandchildren, Mikael Estepp of Raleigh, North Carolina and Alex Estepp of St. Albans; sister, Libby Edelman of Smithers; sister-in-law, Nancy Hensley of Powellton; and a host of nieces and nephews, all whom she dearly loved; and a special thank you to JoAnn Null and Dana White for being such wonderful neighbors and friends to the family.

Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery, with Rev Chester Bird officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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