In memory

Phyllis Hill Atkins

Phyllis Hill Atkins, of Dupont City, passed away peacefully in her home on Aug. 5, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Born Dec. 29, 1934 in Rand, Phyllis was an angel on earth and now she is an angel in heaven.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Cyril and Jennie Hill.

She loved her family dearly and left them to carry on her legacy.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Harold Lee Atkins; sons, Joey B. Caruthers and wife Wendy of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Neil J. Caruthers and wife Ellen of Belle; grandchildren, Mindy and Eric Caruthers of Belle, Jennie Howell (Brian), Jamie Caruthers and Samantha Revolinsky, all of Virginia Beach; great-grandchildren and the joys of her life, Jackson Caruthers of Belle and Quinn and Reese Howell of Virginia Beach; and her beloved nieces, Judy Miller and Pam Erwin, both of Looneyville.

Phyllis graduated from Dupont High School in 1952.

In the early 1960s, she worked in the Governor’s office in the State Capitol of West Virginia before taking a job with the DuPont Company in Belle where she met the love of her life, Harold.

After leaving DuPont, Phyllis worked 25 years with Valley Camp Coal Company before retiring in 1995.

Phyllis was a dedicated and serving Christian woman, baptized in 1952 and a lifelong member of Judson Baptist Church in Belle where she was active in Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She was also past president of the American Baptist Women’s Association of West Virginia.

Phyllis touched the lives of many people and she was thankful and humbled by the many friends she made along the way.

Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Jack Whitt officiating. Entombment followed the service in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care for their love and support during a most difficult time and suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to them at 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, West Virginia 25387 in the name of Phyllis Hill Atkins.

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Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Mary Jane Caudill Bradshaw

Mary Jane Caudill Bradshaw, 78, lifelong resident of Chesapeake, went to her heavenly home on Aug. 16, 2021 following a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Rev. Damron B. Bradshaw; parents, John and Ruby Dunbar Caudill; sister, Donna Caudill Legg; brother, John William Caudill II; son, Randall Alan Scott; and grandson, Andrew Scott Daugherty.

She is survived by her sisters, Sue Whittington (Wayne) and Janice Jenkins; brother, Damon Caudill (Kim); son, John D. Scott III; daughters, Kim Scott and Lori Daugherty (DeWayne); grandchildren, Derek (Kelly) and Alicia Scott, Nathaniel (Emily) Hall and Mary Jane (Hall) (Jonathan) Ramsey, Adam (Katey), Alex (Lacee) and Aaron and Dalton Daugherty; great-grandchildren, Henry and Hayden Hall, Jarrett and Matthew Ramsey and Winston Daugherty. Each one is sure they are her favorite.

Also surviving: stepsons, Paul Bradshaw (Bonita) and Charles Bradshaw; stepgranddaughter, Ashley Bradshaw Carver (Cody) of Dry Branch; sister-in-law, Beulah Bradshaw Ford; nephew, Mark Bradshaw; and great-nephews, Jesse and Mason Bradshaw, all of Humble, Texas.

Mary Jane was in the graduating class of 1960 at East Bank High School, where she loved playing in the band and led as head majorette.

She was a stay-at-home mom for 20 plus years. She went to work as a dispatcher for N.C.R. in Charleston for 7 years and then was able to relocate closer to her hometown at Fairmont Supply Company as a receptionist until her retirement in 2003.

She gave tirelessly to organizations she was passionate about. Her daughter, Kim, was born with cerebral palsy.  When they enrolled her in a summer camp, Mary Jane scheduled, recruited, planned, shopped, cooked and cleaned for Camp Happy Face. Whatever she could do in order for those kids to have the time of their life each year, she did it.

She was involved in the Chesapeake and Charleston Women’s Club for over 40 years; leading the club for many of those years as president, performing many tasks to do what she could to help her town.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer not once, but twice, in 1996 and 2012. She respected and loved her doctors very much and as soon as she was released from surgery and radiation, she got involved with the Cancer Society. There she met weekly with other patient survivors and their families to offer support in any way she could.

Anyone that knew Mary Jane knew she loved sports, especially football. She would get so excited learning about a new play or hearing of a new player joining the teams she loved.

She loved to dress up, especially in costume. Halloween was her very favorite and everyone was always so excited to see what her costume choice was going to be. She would never let the “cat out of the bag” early and would get so excited to see what we thought as she always wanted to top the one before.

Hats, nothing says Mary Jane more than a hat. She loved them, each with a different personality and name. She loved to cook and bake for those she loved. She loved to talk food and trade recipes. She loved to enter cooking contests and is best known for winning the West Virginia State Fair pie contest so many times they asked her to become a judge, and she did.

Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 20 in the Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. Internment followed in the cemetery.

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Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Kenneth Hugh Cooper

Kenneth Hugh Cooper, age 64, of Acme, died Aug. 11, 2021.

He was born Jan. 28, 1957 and was the son of the late Glen and Maxine Lafferty Cooper.

He was also predeceased by his siblings, Van Cooper, June Moore, Delores Sheets and Randy Cooper.

Surviving: brothers, Ricky Cooper, David Cooper and Harry Martin; sisters, Phyllis Slater, Lena Russell and Melissa Martin; niece, Stacey Cooper; and nephews, Anthony Cooper and Randy Cooper.

Service was Aug. 15 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Herman Freeman officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Slaughters Creek.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Carl Edward Fraker

Carl Edward Fraker, 93, of Eskdale, passed away peacefully at his home on July 24, 2021.

He was the son of the late Truman and Pearl Fraker.

Carl was an avid hunter who enjoyed coon, rabbit and deer hunting. 

In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by his loving wife, Jessie Fraker; and sons, Michael and Tommy Fraker.

Left to cherish is memory are his children, Drema Stover (Johnie), Jean Fraker (Clyde), June Prunesti (Albert) and Tina Frymyer (Herb); grandchildren, Samantha Stanley (Steven Mullins) and Michael Fraker (Crystal); great-grandchildren, Joshua Brown, Brandon Brown, Freddie Jenkins, Tommy Jenkins, Michael Fraker and Blake Fraker; and sister, Mary Varney. 

Funeral services were held July 29 at Pryor Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service.Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Hilda Joycalene George

Hilda Joycalene George, age 86, died July 29, 2021.

She was born April 14, 1935 at Legg Fork of Tuppers Creek and was the daughter of the late Emzie and Corda Caldwell Burdette. She was also preceded in death by her son, Tony George, and four siblings.

Surviving: son Rick and his wife, Patsy George, of Hansford; former daughters-in-law, Kelly George Deweese of Kenna and Susie Finney of Dunbar; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, including three special great-grandchildren, Kiersten, Kiarrah and Aubrey.

Service was Aug. 3 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jack Cummings officiating. Burial followed in Floral Hills Garden of Memories at Pocatalico.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Robert Lee Grounds

Robert Lee Grounds, age 72, of Powellton, passed away from a long illness on Aug. 14, 2021.

He was born in Deepwater on May 20, 1949, son of the late Homer and Faye Sigmon Grounds.

Surviving: daughters, Debra Perkins of Vermont, Bobbie Williams (Keith) of Belle and Amy Leigh of Texas; brother, Tim Grounds (Beverly) of Powellton; nephew, Jonah and Gina Grounds of Powellton; uncle, Charles Sigmon of Adena; aunt, Betty Underwood of Beckley; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Tim would like to thank Shelby Mills and Tercia Reynolds for the care they gave his brother.

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

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Margaret Marie Hartwell

Margaret Marie Hartwell, age 89, of Powellton, died Aug. 5, 2021.

She was born April 15, 1932, the daughter of the late Joe and Theora Ware Comer.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hartwell, and her grandson, Jake Hartwell.

Surviving: daughter, Kimberly Christian of Powellton; granddaughter, Heather Petry of Boomer; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Landon, Serenity, Elijah and Eris.

Service was Aug. 10 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Joe Darlington and Rev. Pat Skeens officiating. Burial followed in Meadow Haven Memorial Park at Ingram Branch.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Anna Marie Clemens Huddleston

Anna Marie Clemens Huddleston, 105 years of age, of Maxwell Hill, Beckley, passed away peacefully on Aug. 14, 2021, at the Raleigh Center Nursing Home. 

She was one of those who lived through the great Depression and World War II, a member of the Greatest Generation.

She was born at Bolt on March 14, 1916, the daughter of Hank and Dora Shumate Clemens. She was the last remaining member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Leeta Clemens and Ennis Clemens Bowen; and four brothers, all Clemens: Beecher, Virgil, Hubert and Charles. 

Marie, as she preferred to be called, spent her early years at Bolt and completed her schooling at Trap Hill High School. As a young woman she moved to Beckley with her family and began working as a telephone operator for the C&P Telephone Company. She had fond memories of that time, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, when she said life was simpler. She remembered when she would leave work at midnight in mid-December, the stores had just been decorated. Christmas lights had been strung across the streets, a light snow was falling, and she would walk home without any fear. Even though times were hard, she said, they were all “in the same boat” and were willing to help each other. 

She married Alfred Frank Huddleston in 1941 and worked through the WW II years as he served in the Army. When he returned after the war, they moved to Boomer, near Montgomery. For many years they lived happily there and had one son, Michael Wayne Huddleston.

She dearly loved her family and was a full-time homemaker with high standards. When Michael was older, she took employment with Ruckman’s Jewelry Store in Montgomery. She enjoyed the work there and she was able to and enjoyed collecting West Virginia glassware such as Blenko, Fostoria and Fenton. 

Her husband passed away in 1976 and then in 1985 Marie moved back to Beckley to be near her family. During all this time in Montgomery and Beckley, Marie was an active member of the Methodist Church. She last attended St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in Beckley until failing health prevented her attendance. 

The tragedy of her life occurred in 1995 when her beloved son, Michael, was killed in an industrial accident. But happily, Michael’s family has been devoted to her and she to them, which brought her great joy. 

Marie was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her son and husband as listed above. In the extended family, she was preceded in death by one niece, Nancy Clemens Belcher. 

Those who survive to cherish her memory are her daughter-in-law, Leisa Huddleston of Greensboro, North Carolina, and her three grandsons, Grey Huddleston and his wife, Leigh Ann, and their son, Evan, of Mooresville, North Carolina, Daron Huddleston and his wife, Ashley, and their sons, Brooks and Cooper, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Travis Huddleston and his wife, Christina, of Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Marie is also survived by two nephews, Virgil Lee Clemens Jr. and Marian Robert Clemens, who live in Ohio, and five nieces, Ella Mae Pennington (husband Jimmie), Patty Paretti (husband Anthony, deceased), Judy Hatfield (husband Jimmy), Thelma Anderson (husband Ernie) and Mary Norman (husband Bob). All the nieces have Clemens as maiden name and reside locally. 

Marie was able to remain in her home until she was admitted to Raleigh Center Nursing Home the last few months of her life. The family extends gratitude to the nursing home for care given, especially during the pandemic. We’re also grateful to a very special caregiver, Sharon Stover, who was with Marie in Marie’s home for eight years and was devoted to her. Marie’s much-loved dog, Molly, also received Sharon’s care and devotion. Ella Mae, Marie’s niece, was also an integral part of Marie’s care. 

Marie was an amazing and blessed woman who remained alert and active to the end of her long life, even maintaining a fragrant rose garden until her 103rd year. She also enjoyed watching sports, especially WVU football. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

Services were at Calfee Funeral Home, South Oakwood Ave. in Beckley on Aug. 21, with Rev. Betsy M. Evans officiating. Interment was in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery.

Donations of sympathy may be made to a charity of choice. One suggestion is the Raleigh County Humane Society.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Helen Bernadine Hudnall

Helen Bernadine Hudnall, 85, of Glasgow, passed away July 28, 2021 at Meadow Brook Acres.

She was born June 19, 1936.

She was a homemaker. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Quince D. and Hazel Simms Hudnall, as well as five brothers and three sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are sister, Pearl Barton; sister-in-law, Agnes Hudnall; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their utmost gratitude to the staff at Meadow Brook Acres for the love, care and compassion given to Bernadine throughout her time there. She loved each of you!

Funeral service was Aug. 2 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Frank Goff officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove. 

Juanita F. “Polly” Hudnall

Juanita F. “Polly” Hudnall, 90, of Montgomery, passed away peacefully at her home on July 26, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Tessie Hudnall, and her brother, Raymond Hudnall.

Polly was a graduate of Montgomery High School and WVDRS.

Her employment included the medical records departments of Montgomery General Hospital and Shawnee Hills Mental Health Center.

She taught Sunday school classes and Bible lessons for many years. She attended Glen Ferris Apostolic Church and has left this world to meet The King.

Survivors include two brothers, Del (Lorene) Hudnall and Bob (Gerri) Hudnall; one sister, Judy Scott; and many extended family members and a host of friends.

Celebration of Polly’s life was July 29 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery with Pastor Chad Smailes officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Donations may be made to GFAC, PO Box 74, Glen Ferris, WV 25190.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Michael Lynn Hughes

Michael Lynn Hughes, age 52, of Gauley Bridge, passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Michael was born on Jan. 2, 1969 to Franklin D. Hughes and Carolyn Sue Hughes (Ward) in Charlton Heights and was raised in Dixie, where he spent most of his life. 

Besides being with family and friends, Michael had a passion for watching movies, playing cards and going on drives. Michael spent his last years caring for his mother, and ensuring she was taken care of at all times. Michael will always be remembered for his kind heart, gentle nature, and willingness to help others. 

Michael was preceded in death by his father, as well as his best friend, Brian Eastman of Ansted. He leaves behind his mother, Sue Hughes; brother, Franklin D. Hughes Jr. (Tena); sister, Penny Bean (Terry); as well as three nephews and two nieces. 

There will be no services at this time.

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Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Helen Ann Johnson

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

She was born Sept. 4, 1928 at Eagle, 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 and 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.

Paul Edward Kelly

Paul Edward Kelly, 64, of Kincaid, passed away July 30, 2021 at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center in New Richmond. 

Born Feb. 28, 1957 in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Melvin Lee Sr. and Margaret Ethel Blethen Kelly. 

Paul was a people person; everyone who knew him loved him, and he especially loved spending time with his family. 

He was preceded in death by brothers Melvin and Joe Joe Kelly; and sister, Shelia Kelly. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving and adoring wife, Nelda June Russell Kelly; daughters, Rhonda Baier (Stephen) and Valerie Anderson (Jimmy); grandchildren, Cody Baier, Kyle Baier, Ashley Burdette, Destiny Vansickle, Roger Vansickle III, Brandon Anderson and Logan Anderson; great-grandchildren, Brantley Moore and Jaxx Perham; brothers, David and Jack Kelly; and sisters, Patricia Bob, Debra Withrow, Sue Brown and Kathy Kelly. 

Visitation was Aug. 2 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Following the visitation Paul was cremated. 

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. 

Sylvester J. Linton

Sylvester J. Linton, 78, of Smithers, took his last breath on July 31, 2021 at his home with his daughter, Kristal, holding his hand and his family by his side. JR (Junior), as he was known to many, fought a hard battle with dementia, and gave it his all up until the end.

JR was born on March 14, 1943, was a lifelong member of F.O.E. 1040 of Montgomery, a member of UMWA, and retired from Cannelton Coal Co.

JR is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sandra Richmond Linton. They have three children: daughters, Kristal (Loyd) Boyd of Leesburg, Virginia and Anne (Perry) Passerini of Stephens City, Virginia; and son, Richard Linton of Pratt. JR felt very blessed with two great sons-in-law.

JR cherished his grandchildren, Michael (Megan) Chapman of Junction City, Kansas, Tiffani Anders (Brett Haynes) of Inwood and Samuel and Hannah Linton of Florida.

He also leaves behind three precious great-grandchildren, Brantlee and Kennadee Chapman and Briar Anders. He is also survived by a brother, Ronnie Drake; special cousins, David and Joe Pritt; special sister-in-law, Donna Richmond, Leisa Hicks and Dorla Mathews.

JR was preceded in death by a brother, Garrett Hall; special niece, Penny Taylor; and brother-in-law, Linn Richmond.

A special thank you to his Hospice team, Sonja, Edie, Izzy and Melissa, and Brandon Fink with Kindred. You all are such a special blessing.

Service was Aug. 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rhonda Joyce Livesay

Rhonda Joyce Livesay, age 64, of Boomer, died Aug. 4, 2021.

She was born July 12, 1957, the daughter of the late Franklin and Joyce Moore Arthur. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Livesay, and stepmother, Carol Arthur.

Surviving: daughter, Christa Livesay Arthur of Glen Ferris; son, Tommy Livesay (Bridgette) of Jimtown; daughter, Christina Livesay (Teddy) of Prosperity; adopted son, David Reed (Kari) of Marlinton; brothers, Robert Arthur of Elkton, Maryland and Ronnie Arthur of Boomer; sister, Lisa McMillion of Pratt; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Service was held Aug. 12 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Billy Moore officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Melinda Denise Pauley

Melinda Denise Pauley, 51, of Cannelton, suddenly went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and entered victoriously into the Kingdom of Glory on July 26, 2021. 

Born on Sept. 19, 1969, in Charlton Heights, she was the daughter of Patricia ‘Pat’ and Larry ‘Sleepy’ Begley. She was preceded in death by her mother Pat, father Sleepy, and stepmother Cindy. 

She left behind, Jay, a loving husband of 29 years; children, Kristin, Brooke, Rylee and Gage; one son-in-law, Austin Adkins; and grandchildren, Jaylynn, Cash and Haddie Adkins. Other survivors include her only brother, Larry David “Chunk” Begley Jr. (Virginia); stepsiblings, Emily Wall (Mike) and Danny Flores; nieces, Heather (CJ), Megan (Kenny), Katie (Dakotah) and Mckenzie; nephews, Brayden and Gavyn; and great-nieces and nephews, Kaylee, Kooper and Karson Smith, Bailee, Jameson and Greyson Prather, and Asher Grimmett. She was also survived by her beloved aunt, Shirley Harold; in-laws, Bob and Sandy Pauley; brother-in-law, Bobby Pauley (Doug); and a host of family, friends, and church family. 

She was employed by the State of West Virginia for 21 years and spent the last 11 years at the Division of Culture of History.

She was also a member of the Bell Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church. 

Services were held at Pennington-Smith Funeral Home July 31. Her sweet earthly body was laid to rest beside her momma at the Hill Family Cemetery in Belva following the funeral. 

Melinda was the best wife, mom, sister, cousin, friend, co-worker, and woman you could have ever imagined. Those who knew her were blessed. We know Heaven is rejoicing for welcoming another saint into the Kingdom of Heaven. She will be so sorely missed by all who knew her. 

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Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Robin Perdue

On Aug. 4, 2021, Robin Perdue, loving wife, and mother of three children, passed away at age 62.

Robin was born on Sept. 5, 1958 in Montgomery, daughter of the late Ray and Margaret Rapp.

She was raised in the community of Hughes Creek and graduated from Dupont High School. 
She received two degrees in business administration from the University of Southern New Hampshire, and work in related job positions for over 40 years.

She married Kevin Perdue on Oct. 8, 1977. They raised three sons – Kevin Jr., Dennis and Jeremy.

Robin was a fiercely strong willed and independent person but also had an extremely giving and loving spirit. She was considered a rock to those close to her and valued loyalty to family and friends above anything else. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and going to yard sales and camping were her favorite hobbies. She also loved to listen to music, and you would always find her watching an old black and white movie. Robin loved to learn and was a member of six honor societies during her time in college.

Robin was preceded in death by her father, Ray, and her mother, Margaret.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin; her three children, Kevin Jr., Dennis and Jeremy; her grandchildren, Griffin, Mason, Colten, Taylor, Julia and Kaylee; brothers, Dennis and Larry; her sister, Dian; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was also survived by her two best friends, Wanda Mooney and Debbie Reid, whom she considered to be sisters. 
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The world is a diminished place without her presence.

Service was Aug. 9 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Gary H. Tucker officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Eleanore Ruth “Edie” Dixon Perry

Eleanore Ruth “Edie” Dixon Perry entered into paradise on Aug. 15, 2021. She passed away in her bed at home, surrounded by her family, her precious dogs and photos, and the memories of a life well lived.

Born in Laird Memorial Hospital, the daughter of William Carl Dixon and Mary Elizabeth “Widgie” Dixon Bolles, Edie was originally from London, but graduated from Nicholas County High School.

After obtaining her LPN license in 1980, Edie was the first woman in her family to graduate from college when she obtained her degree in nursing in 1985 from WVIT. Her nursing career began at CAMC General and ended when she retired from BARH in 2017 after 37 years of caring for and saving the lives of thousands of patients. She held an active nursing license until Aug. 1, 2021, and always believed she would get better and return to the career she loved so much.

Eleanore Ruth is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years, Gerald Delk Perry; her cherished daughter, Victoria Lynn Perry Pukel; and her parents, Carl Dixon and Mary Elizabeth Dixon Bolles.

Family that are mourning her loss are her daughter, Kristina Perry Wandzel (Mark); her sister, Mary Lee Dixon Fugate (Jerry); and her grandchildren, Brandi Hammond Gillian (Ed), Zachariah Perry, Katherine Keenan, Jacob Pukel (Courtney), EG Wandzel (Erika), Vanessa Jordan and Nick Wandzel. Edie also had six great-grandchildren whom she adored, especially Katie Beth and Eli and Emma Lynn.

Eleanore Ruth’s family would like to especially thank Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their care and kindness during Edie’s last months. We especially recognize Nurse Stephanie Isaacs-Karnes and CAN Debbie Hicks. Please make memorial donations to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Eleanore’s service was held Aug. 19 at Montgomery Memorial Park, London. She was laid to rest in the cemetery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Myrna Carole Pritt

Myrna Carole Pritt, 82, of Mt. Nebo, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 4, 2021 at Peyton Hospice House. 

Born on March 25, 1939, in Elkins, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Sherman Edray Markley and Genevieve Virginia Currence Markley. 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Delano Pritt; sister, Jean Larrrimore; and brother, Bill Markley. 

Myrna was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be missed dearly. 

Those left to cherish her memory are three sons, Michael Allen Markley of Hominy Falls and Timothy Wayne Pritt and Robert Mark Pritt, both of Nettie; five sisters, Ruth Jordon of Ohio, June Pogge of Morgantown, Brenda Hicks of Mannington, Betty Losch of Hominy Falls and Joyce Ryder of Marlinton; brother, Jim Markley of Elkins; grandchildren, Christina Markley of North Carolina, Jennifer Markley and Jamie Markley, both of Hominy Falls, Timothy Pritt and Robert Pritt, both of Richwood, and Christopher Conard of Nettie; great-grandchildren, Amiyah Lyn Brandenburg, Myka Jakoda Brandenburg and Carter Allen Markley, all of Hominy Falls, Emily Pritt of Gauley Bridge and James Conard and Charles Conard, both of Nettie. 

Graveside service was Aug. 9 at WV Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Calvin, with Pastor G.R. Burwell officiating. 

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Mable Alice Pyatt

Mable Alice Pyatt, 73, of Lizemores, went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2021.

Born on May 21, 1948, in Montgomery General Hospital, she was the daughter of the late Rex Allen and Mary Alice Moore-Walters.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and father to her children, Clarence Edward Pyatt.   

Mable was a strong, faithful, loving, selfless Christian woman who loved her family and friends dearly.   She had a heart full of love. She was always willing to give to others even if she didn’t have much herself. 

She is survived by her brothers, Dennis (Rachel) Walters and Billy (Wanda) Walters; sisters, Joann (Woodrow) Reed and Verma (Bobby) Holcomb; children, Tina Gail Triplett, Henry (Betty) Pyatt, Rex (Jennifer) Pyatt and Tony (Angela) Pyatt; grandchildren, Billy (Crystal) Holcomb, Jordan Pyatt, Caylin Pyatt, Brayden Pyatt, Ashlyn Pyatt, Kylee Pyatt, Kenny Pyatt, Bryanna Fleming, Kelsey Fleming and Chase Pyatt; and great-grandchildren, Kaylie, Chase and Kinsley Holcomb. 

Funeral service was Aug. 1 at the Lizemores United Methodist Church with Ministers Don Dobbins and Barry McCune officiating.

Burial followed in the Stone-Walker Cemetery in Lizemores. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wilson Smith Funeral Home, Clay. 

Vickie Ilene Bragg Roark

Vickie Ilene Bragg Roark, 61, of Ovapa, passed away July 31, 2021 at Charleston Memorial Hospital.

Vickie was born on Feb. 22, 1960 in Ansted, daughter of the late Dallas and Thelma Louise Parks Bragg.

Vickie worked for Home Health in Mount Hope, and she was a caregiver for 27 years.

Vickie was a member of Dothan Community Church and Eastern Star. Vickie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening and canning food.

In addition to her parents, Vickie is preceded in death by her late husband, Thomas Roark; sisters, Alice Marie Bragg Varney and Billie Jean Bragg; and brother, Little Dallas Bragg.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters, Shirley McCombs and husband Jerry of Belmont, Ohio, Judy Bellew and husband Herbie of Thomasville, North Carolina and Joyce Doss and husband Richard of Ovapa; brothers, Frank Bragg and his wife, Virginia, of Victor, Danny Bragg of Gaymont Mountain, Larry Bragg of Willis Branch Road, Willy Bragg and wife Natasha of Gates, North Carolina and Ronnie Bragg and wife Carol of Jodie; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Darrell Fuller of Dothan Community Church officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park. 

The family requests donations be made in memory of Vickie to the Hubbard Hospice House at 1606 Kanawha Blvd W., Charleston, WV 25387 or online at 

Jerry Lee “Hambone” Sampson

Jerry Lee “Hambone” Sampson, 71, of Fayetteville, passed away July 26, 2021 peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Born on Jan. 19, 1950 in Montgomery, Jerry was the son of the late Charles Sampson and Lorene Bragg Sampson.

Jerry also was preceded in death by his brother, John “Peanut” Sampson; and his only sister, Rose Sampson Chittum.

Those left to cherish his memories are his two brothers, Butch and Mikey Sampson, both of Fayetteville; several nieces and nephews who loved him and will miss him dearly; and very special friends who he considered family.

Jerry loved to hunt, fish, listen to his music, and spend time with his family and friends. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone that he could.

As per Jerry’s wishes, he will be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for all his family and friends.

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

Brian Patrick Sebert

Brian Patrick Sebert, of Summersville, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 7, 2021.

Born June 7, 1957 in Richwood’s Sacred Heart Hospital, he was a lifelong resident of beautiful Nicholas County.

Brian was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary Jo (Humphrey) Sebert and Lloyd Sebert Jr., and his mother- and father-in-law, Nan and Buck Rogers.

The second born of six children, Brian was a 1975 graduate of Nicholas County High School.

He would spend 39 years working in various capacities within the mining industry before retiring in 2014. Though hard work, he valued the relationships and perseverance he gained during his career. 

Brian had a passion for life and found no greater joy than being with family.

He was an outdoor enthusiast, loving both animals and nature. He enjoyed cooking, motorcycles, camping and traveling to places near and far.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Patricia (Rogers) Sebert, along with his seven children, Ami (Steve) Cook and Josh Sebert, all of Summersville, Joe (Emily) Sebert of Morgantown, Hannah (Brian) Karr of Huntington, Ethan (Katie) Ballard of Winfield, Mollie Ballard of Ansted and Peyton Ballard of Fayetteville; and his five siblings, Jeff Sebert of North Carolina, Mary Anne (Rick) Key of Summersville, Paul Sebert of Ohio, Jane Silbert of Maryland and Joe (Belinda) Sebert of Delaware. 

Brian is also survived by his beloved 12 grandchildren, his numerous nieces and nephews, and countless other family and lifelong friends. 

Brian was a dedicated Christian who hoped that all would make the same commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

He was a kind-hearted, generous man who encouraged, guided, and served others at every opportunity. While the void created by his passing will never be filled in the hearts of those he leaves behind, his memory will be cherished always. 

Funeral services were held Aug. 14 in the Summersville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Joan Stewart officiating. Burial followed in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Summersville.

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Arrangements by the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville.

Travis Simons

Travis Simons, 73, of Jodie, departed this world on Aug. 17, 2021, after complications received from a motor vehicle accident.

Travis was born Nov. 15, 1947, to Rosco and Letha B Simons of Jodie. Travis was preceded in death by his parents.

Travis is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Jean Simons; daughters, Tina Simons and Christy Simons; and special niece, Melissa Hastings of Jodie. He leaves behind sisters, Sharlet Hastings of Jodie and Darlene Morris of Clay; and is also survived by several cousins and many lifelong friends. 

Graveside service was held on Aug. 21 at Rich Creek Cemetery, Rich Creek. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. 

Homer Doyle Skidmore

Homer Doyle Skidmore, 84, of Boonesborough, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 20, 2021, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bailey and Gladys Skidmore; and sisters, Sheila Skidmore and Sharon Ball.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Martha (Daisy) Skidmore; his daughter, Angela (Jeff) Perry of Boonesborough; his son, Dale (Debbie) Skidmore of Timberville, Virginia; and five grandchildren, Bailey Skidmore, Tanner Skidmore, Ryan Perry, Travis Perry and Gracie Skidmore.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, along with watching sports.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He worked for Long-Airdox as a welder for 20 years and retired from Montgomery General Hospital as a master plumber with 20 years of service.

He attended Glen Ferris Apostolic church for 28 years.

The family would like to thank the staff of CAMC Memorial 2 West and the Hospice Care at CAMC Memorial for their care and dedication.

Funeral services were Aug. 24 at O’Dell Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Louise V. Sullivan

Louise V. Sullivan, age 81, of Dunbar, formerly of Handley, died Aug. 23, 2021.

She was born May 26, 1940 in Charleston, the daughter of the late Wilford and Catherine Vandall.

Surviving: sons, James (Regina) Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan and Thomas Sullivan; brother, Frank Vandall; and grandchildren, Colin and Jordan.

A celebration visitation of her life will be Thursday, Aug. 26 from 5 until 7 p.m. at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Richard Dean Thomas

Richard Dean Thomas, 66, of Lansing, died Aug. 11, 2021 in the Plateau Medical Center at Oak Hill.

He was the son of the late William “Bill” and Freda Mullens Thomas and was born at Gauley Bridge Jan. 17, 1955. 

Richard was a retired carpenter and drywall installer and was an employee of Mill Creek Cabins at Lansing. He took great pride in his work and was a Pentecostal by faith.

He was also preceded in death by his loving stepmother, Pauline Thomas.

Surviving: companion, Sherry Blankenship; sons, Ricky (Elizabeth), David (Amanda) and Richard Dean “Bucky” (Brooke) Thomas Jr.; daughters, Wynter Hope (Kenneth) Vanderham and Chasity Thomas; brothers, Tim (Cyndi), Charles and Jack Thomas; sisters, Pam Flowers, Steph (Bill) Williams and Suzanne (Michael) Tucker; special grandson that he loved dearly, Michael William Thomas; grandchildren, Bryson and Bentley Thomas, Amber, Justin and Audrey Vanderham, Jordan, Lauren and Brooklyn Thomas and Jacob, Glena, Jase and Levi Thomas; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 20 in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Rev. Matthew Martin officiating. Burial followed in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Condolences may be shared at

Arrangements by the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville.

Howard Ray Walker

Howard Ray Walker, 90, of Marmet, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 4, 2021.

Howard retired from Bell Atlantic Telephone Company with 42 years of service and was a member of Marmet Community Church.

He loved to spend time with his family at his camp in Pendleton County where he also made many friends.

His love for his family was second only to his love for God and Jesus Christ and he never missed an opportunity to share the message of salvation. He had a beautiful singing voice and we will miss that especially.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Marie Canterbury Walker; parents, Howard Lee (Red) and Willie Mae Walker of Quincy; sons, Gary Steven and Jeffery Allen Walker; brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Donald Walker; and sisters, Hallie Carver, Anna Lee Wright and Virginia (Runt) Hanna.

Surviving are his son, David Walker (Debby) of Elkview; daughters, Jerri Walker of Marmet, who was his primary caregiver during his illness, Jean Ann Collins (Roy) of Dunbar and Brenda Yates (Ed) of Martinsburg; brother, Charles Walker of North Dakota; grandson, Angus, whom he raised as his own, and Annalea Walker of Shrewsbury, who was like a daughter to him and a very dear caregiver; nine other grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.

The resounding response to Howard’s passing seems to be “He was a great man and I never heard an unkind word said about him.” He will be missed.

Funeral services were held Aug. 10 at Marmet Community Church, Marmet, with Pastor Stanley Alan Konkle officiating. Interment followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

The family suggests contributions be made to Marmet Community Church, 8803 McCorkle Ave., Charleston, West Virginia 25315 or to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, West Virginia 25387.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Thomas “Tommy” Wayne Washington Jr.

Thomas “Tommy” Wayne Washington Jr., 47, of Gastonia, North Carolina, passed away on Aug. 4, 2021 in Gastonia.

Born April 16, 1974 in Montgomery, he was the son of Thomas Wayne Sr. and Susie Ellis Washington. 

Tommy was a 1992 graduate from Oak Hill High School. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving 13 years. During his military time Tommy was stationed in Germany for four years, also stationed in Bosnia, and was part of the Operation Iraq Freedom team. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran.

Tommy also loved coaching the girls softball teams and helping them out. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Lorie Summerland Washington of Gastonia; parents, Thomas Wayne Sr. and Susie Ellis Washington of Oak Hill; children, Shane Washington (Rebekah) of Fort Rucker, Alabama, Taylor Delgado (Brent) of Greenwood, South Carolina and Ashton and Summer Palmer of Gastonia; granddaughter, Sophia Delgado; and brother, Nicholas Washington (Amanda) of Lester. 

Tommy was cremated and a memorial service was held Aug. 8 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with James Washington officiating. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Larry A. Withrow Sr.

Larry A. Withrow Sr., 74, of Gallagher, went to Heaven to be with the Lord on July 28, 2021 from a long term illness.

He was a member of Paint Creek Church of Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Oliver Withrow Sr. and Reba Hackworth Withrow; siblings, Charles, Harold, Roger and Jerry Withrow; and the mother of his children, Drema F. Withrow.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ethel Ann Withrow; siblings, Lawrence, Clarence, Ronald (Diane}, Donald and Darrell Withrow, Ruth Ann Sutphin and Janet Humerickhouse; children, Larry A. (Diana) Withrow Jr., Sherry A. (Scotty) Bartram, Terry L. Withrow, James D. (Trina) Withrow, Mitchell W. (Krysta)

Monk, Samantha A. (Brandon) Johnston and Nichole F. (Kenny) Hodge; many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of many loved ones and friends.

Services were July 31 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove with speakers Sherry Bartram and Pastor Danny Moore. Burial followed at Mt. Lewis Cemetery, Ward.

Condolences may be sent to family at

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Larry Howard Wood

Larry Howard Wood, 74, of Mount Carbon, passed away of an extended illness Aug. 22, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Effie Manley Wood; and brothers, Robert Wood and Bill Wood.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Wood; son, Benjamin (Natalie) Wood of Lexington, South Carolina; daughter, Sarah (Chad) Auxier of Hurricane; sisters, Carrie (Skip) Browning of Scott Depot and Jane (Carl) Estep of Mount Carbon; and grandchildren, Isaac, McKaiah and Hannah Wood and Addison and Aycen Auxier.

Service will be on Friday, Aug. 27 at Kimberly Church of God with Rev. Dana Jones and Rev. Tom McGraw officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Friends man call two hours prior to service on Friday at the church.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Kimberly Church of God, Box 141, Kimberly, WV 25118.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rhea Adelaide Brown Wright

Mrs. Rhea Adelaide Brown Wright, the daughter of the late Geneva Margaret Poindexter Brown and Bernard Olander Brown, was born in London on Oct. 15, 1928.

Rhea attended public school in London. She graduated from the School of Cosmetology in Columbus, Ohio.

She returned home after graduation, opening and operating a beauty salon on Fayette Pike in Montgomery.

Rhea attended The First Baptist Church of London during her youth and until she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she lived for 52 years. She met and married Luther T. Wright, who preceded her in death. They moved into a new developing community called Southfield. Rhea was actively involved in the growth and activities of the community. She was a member of the Marion County Civic Association. She lobbied for and succeeded in the establishment of a library. She also was instrumental in working with the community to provide sidewalks and bus service.

The community of Southfield decided to build a church. Rhea was a trustee and secretary in the infancy and growth of the Southfield Baptist Church.

She worshiped at Southfield Baptist Church for many years. However, she eventually moved her membership to Hosake Street Baptist Church where she remained a member until her death.

During her years in Columbus, Rhea worked as a beautician. She was also employed in the financial department at Huntington Bank and lastly at the Columbus Department of Highways.

Rhea had many friends during her 52 years in Columbus — just to mention a few who were dear to her: Greta Cockrall, Hazel Ellison, Pat Johnson, Fletter McBroom and Carolyn Brown.

Rhea recently returned to her beloved West Virginia where was raised and to be near her Sister Lyle  and other family members.

Rhea had a great love for all of the Brown family and relatives. She believed in God and in the “The Golden Rule.” This was evident in the way she lived and related to people.

Rhea, in my opinion (her sister), loved her family, but there were a few people who were very precious to her: Richard Brown, William Holmes, George Jackson, Kaye Parks, Mattie Day and Carolyn Brown.

Rhea departed this life July 31, 2021 at the age of 92.

Her brother, William Poindexter Brown, and sisters, Delores Marcedes Jackson and Constance Bernardean Brown, preceded her in death. She also leaves to mourn many cousins and friends.

Services were Aug. 7 at the First Missionary Baptist Church, London with Rev. Garland Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

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