William (Larry) McClure Sr.

William (Larry) McClure Sr., 71, of St. Albans, formerly of Deepwater, passed away on May 9, 2019 at CAMC Memorial  Hospital after suffering a heart attack.

He was born Sept. 6, 1947 in Montgomery, son of the late William Ray and Mildred Hazelwood McClure. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Keller McClure, and a sister, Judy McClure Manley.

He was a coal miner all of his life. 

Larry is survived by his son and daughter, William Larry McClure Jr. (Pravin) and Tessa McClure Hayes (David); grandchildren, Erica and Chloe Hayes; sister, Brenda (Kay) McClure Reese; brother, Dennis McClure (Lisa); and several nieces and nephews.   

He was cremated.  A celebration of his life was held privately at Larry’s home per his request.  

Bert Harry Tackett Sr.

Bert Harry Tackett Sr., of Smithers, beloved son of Ferdinand and Ida Belle Tackett, passed away at the age of 94 on May 21, 2019 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

During his life he proudly served in the Navy during World War II and upon discharge, worked in the mines for Peabody Coal Corporation until his retirement.

Bert was a former deacon of Campbell Memorial Baptist Church located in Smithers.

Bert was a loving husband to his wife, Margaret L. Tackett, for 66 years until her passing in 2001, and a loving father to their three children. He will be greatly missed by his family. Bert was preceded in death by his brothers, William J. Tackett, Raymond P. Tackett, Faird Tackett Jr. and John B. Tackett; sisters, Marjorie E. Young, Mary K. Bettit and Irene Carraway; wife, Margaret L. Tackett; and son, Robert Stanley (Buddy) Tackett.

He is survived by his brother, Franklin D. Tackett; his daughter, Shelia F. Madison; his son, Bert Harry Tackett Jr.; grandchildren, Amy E. Harwood, Kimberly A. McAndrews and Brielle H. Parker; and great-grandchildren, Christopher M. McAndrews, Abigail L. Harwood, Taylor M. McAndrews and Brandon T. McAndrews.

A graveside service was held in the chapel of Montgomery Memorial Park at London on May 23 with Pastor Chester Bird officiating. Burial followed in the memorial park.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lillie Pearl Taylor

Missionary Lillie Pearl Taylor, 87, of Kimberly, accepted her wings and crown from God on May 20, 2019 after a short illness. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing.

Lillie was born in Carbondale on May 25, 1931, daughter of the late Charles and Charlotte Jones. Lillie met and married her husband of 61 years, Edgar Taylor Jr. (aka Tippy). 

They were blessed with 10 children, nine sons, Robert, Larry, Lewis, Edgar, Gerald, Timothy, Russell, Eric and Ricky, and one daughter, Lillie Ann. She has also been blessed with 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandkids. 

Sister Pearl Taylor was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Chesapeake for 10 years under the ministry of Rev. Vincent Coleman after leaving Mount Zion Baptist Church of Carbondale, where she was a member for over 58 years. She has served under Rev. James Burnette for over 40 years, Rev. Cornell Byers for 16 years and Rev. Robert Morton for two years. 

During her service at Mount Zion, she served as trustee, president of the choir for over 34 years, president of the Mission from 1974-2008, worship and devotional leader and mistress of ceremonies. She also serves on the board of the Mount Olivet Baptist Association since 1968, and Hilltop State Convention as an executive board member and a board member of the Women’s Department. 

Sister Taylor has worked in the communities of Fayette and Kanawha counties and served on several boards. She has served on the Fayette County Commission for over 12 years, Fayette County Board of Education from 1978-1979, Head Start Board from 2005-2006, United Community Service food pantry in Montgomery from 1982-2003 and Multi-CAP of Kanawha County.

She worked effortlessly to help to make Martin Luther King Day a legal holiday. She has fought for the betterment in nursing homes, to help with the children’s clothing voucher program and the school breakfast programs. She is a member of the Black Lung Coalition for coal miners. She has also ministered to the women in Alderson Prison system.

Sister Taylor has also served as a legal aid advocate for the State of West Virginia and worked with numerous governors, mayors and senators, including Senators Byrd and Rockefeller; and Governors Wise, Underwood and Caperton. She has worked with Mayor Chuck Smith, Mayor Bradshaw and the late Mayor Melba White. 

Sister Taylor graduated from the Seminary Extension classes at Kimberly through the Hilltop Baptist Convention under the executive director, Pastor Frank Jones. 

Sister Pearl Taylor has always been a woman who has worked for God. She ministers to the people and goes out in the hedges and highways to let her light shine to all who came in contact with her. She has planted her seeds of wisdom to all, her children, grandchildren and daughters-in-law. She is known and loved by all of her extended family as “Mama Pearl” and also as “Mother of the Valley.” Her favorite scripture is the 23rd Psalm and her favorite hymn is “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.”

Sister Taylor has spent her entire life being a God-fearing, Bible-believing Baptist. She is a true missionary, prayer warrior and counselor for God and his son Jesus Christ.

Lillie was preceded in death by her father, Charles L. Jones, and mother, Charlotte M. Jones; twin sisters, Samantha Allen and Selena Terry; sons, Robert Taylor, Gerald Taylor (Beverly), Edgar Taylor III (Priscilla), Eric Taylor (Susan), and Larry Taylor; grandchildren, Tarone Taylor and Khadidra (Peaches) Taylor; and great-grandchild, Donovan Taylor.

Lillie Pearl leaves to mourn her one daughter, Lillie Ann Taylor of Kimberly; sons, Lewis Taylor (Debbie) of Charleston, Timothy Lee Taylor Sr. (Valerie) of Dunbar, Russell Taylor (Debbie) of Rand and Ricky Taylor of Institute; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of nieces and nephews. She also leaves to mourn special sisters in Christ, Ms. Dorothy Walker, Ms. Thomasina Fairfax, Ms. Minnie Davenport, Ms. Lorraine Penn, Ms. Wendy Blair, Ms. Gloria Tyler, Ms. Millie Davis and Ms. Dorothy Terrell. 

The homegoing service took place May 25 at First Baptist Church in Charleston. A viewing was held the day before at Levi First Missionary Baptist Church in Rand. A second visitation with the family was held prior to the service on Saturday at First Baptist Church, 432 Shrewsbury Street, Charleston.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

This Week's Circulars