In memory

Sharon Sue Ballengee Albaugh

Sharon Sue Albaugh, age 74, of Cannelton, died April 11, 2021.

She was born May 7, 1947 in Fayette County, the daughter of the late Cecil and Opal Kincaid Ballengee. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Albaugh Sr.; daughter, Carol Sue (Albaugh) Bickford; grandchild. Lycan Albaugh; brothers. Roger, Buddy and Frankie Ballengee; and her “adopted Mom.” Vernell Holcomb.

Surviving: son. Bobby Jr. and wife April Albaugh of Dixie; brother. Cecil Ballengee of Washington State; grandchildren. Meggan Albaugh, Ivan (Kayla) Bickford II, Nicole Bickford, Cody Albaugh and Jaxson Albaugh; great-grandchildren. Nevaeh, Dallas, Joe, John, Paislee, Madelynn, Mason, Malorie, Kaydon, Kolton and Koraline.

Service was April 16 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Joe Darlington officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kenneth Archie Bailey

Kenneth Archie Bailey passed on Feb. 13, 2021 in Beckley.

Kenny was born in Romont on Nov. 28, 1950, son of the late Cecil H. Bailey Sr. and Ina Bailey of Ansted.

Kenny lived most of his life in Ansted.

Surviving are his brothers, Cecil H. Bailey Jr. of Shelton, Washington and Herbert L Bailey of Olympia, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Roy C. Bailey, and sisters, Diana Kay Ramsey and Judy Peck.

Kenny loved life and lived it as he saw fit as a handyman and jack of all trades.

Per his request there will be no services.

Kenny’s remains will rest with family at Rest Lawn Memory Gardens of Ansted.

Caroline V. Beard

Caroline V. Beard, 88, of Chesapeake, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Don Beard; and sons, John and Jerry Hill. 

Left to cherish Caroline’s memory are her daughters, Jeannie Lavender (Kenny) and Kathy Petty (Ronnie); daughter-in-law, Debbie Hill; and sister, Goldie Maggard. She was loved by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. 

The family would like to thank Donna Gillespie for her loving care and friendship to Caroline. 

Visitation was held April 20 at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank. Graveside services were private.

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Linda Faye Lanham Johnston Bowyer

Linda Faye Lanham Johnston Bowyer, 77, of Page, passed away March 11, 2021. 

Born March 10, 1944 at Hughes Creek, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Dolly Dimple Hudnall Lanham. 

Linda was a homemaker and a member of the Word of Faith Ministry. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Willard Martin Johnston; son-in-law, Howard Roy King; brothers, Herman Emery Lanham, Norman Sydney Lanham and Leonard Ray Lanham; and sisters, Rosalee Harmon and Ellen Mae Burks. 

Those left to cherish her memory include husband, Floyd Jasper Bowyer; sons, Robert Ray (Cynthia) Johnston and Martin Wayne (Angelique) Johnston; daughters, Lisa Gay King and Michelle Lynn (Edmond) Cochran; brother, Daniel Wayne Lanham; and sister, Helen Marie Thomas. 

Also surviving are grandchildren, Faye (Shawn) Mann, Lyndsay (Steve) Raynes, Anthony Ramsey, Joshua (Sarah B.) Cochran, Ryan (Sarah D.) Cochran, Merissa (Jordan) Messer and Taylor Johnston; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were March 16 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor David Payne and Pastor James Elmore officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Randy D. Brown

Randy D. Brown, age 46, of Montgomery, passed away April 22, 2021.

Randy was a graduate of Valley High School, Class of 1992.

He was involved in a local wrestling club as “The Total Eclipse” and worked for Triple A Entertainment.

Randy was always light-hearted and quick to smile. His big heart will be dearly missed by his family and good friends.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, William Darnell Brown, and is survived by his mother, Marthenia Brown; his sister, Susan McLane (Matt) of Kenna; brother. Dwayne (Candi) of Winifrede; brother. Daniel (Sarah) of Ridgeview; nephew. Adrian Crowder; nephew. Nathan Brown; niece. Danielle Baisden (Caleb); nephew. Jacob Brown; niece. Allison McLane; great-niece, Rebecca Baisden; and many good friends.  

Funeral service was April 26 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Chester Bird officiating.

A visitation was held one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Jeffrey Brian Buchanan

Early morning on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 11, 2021, Our Loving Heavenly Father chose to take Jeffrey, age 50, away from all the pain, disease and suffering he has endured in this life and to deliver him into a beautiful place of peace and joy.

Waiting there to embrace him was his father, William Keith Buchanan; grandparents, Nellie Ethel and Elmo Leonard Brown and Ethel Christine and William Smith Buchanan; along with his precious niece, Andrea Dawn Buchanan.

Missing and loving him are his mother and stepfather, Jerry and Linda O’Dell; daughters, Madison Grace and Morghan Baleigh; brothers, Michael and Chris and his wife, Stephanie; niece, Lauren; nephews, Alex and Christopher; stepsister and stepbrother, Becky Cross and Chris O’Dell and their families; aunt, Valeria Wriston and her family; and Jeff’s fur babies, Nicholas and Serenity.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Montgomery since birth, a graduate of East Bank High School and he held a degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology.

He was a disabled surveyor but he was always busy with a project.

In honoring Jeff’s wishes, a private family funeral service will be held by Fr. Dominik Baok, SVD. Jeff will be laid to rest in consecrated ground, alongside his grandparents and Andrea in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Catherine Gaye “Bigg Cat” Burrow

Catherine Gaye “Bigg Cat” Burrow, 52, of Marmet, went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2021 after a short illness.

She was a graduate of East Bank High School and an employee of Encova Insurance of 13 years.

Catherine leaves to mourn her loss her father and mother, Isaac and Shirldenia Burrow of Kimberly; brother, Scott (Carrie) Burrow of Scott Depot; sister, Shauna (Rawl) Kazee of Georgetown, Kentucky; her pride and joy: nieces, Tiara Terrell-Burrow, Amariano Burrow and Iyauna Kazee; her only nephew, Isaiah Kazee; and great-nephew, Silas Jackson.

Catherine was the biggest WV Mountaineer fan on Saturdays and a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan on Sundays. She left a hole in our hearts and she will forever be missed.

Services were held April 10 at Brookside Ministries, Mt. Carbon, with Joseph Booker officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Charles Coleman

Charles Coleman, 79, of Fayetteville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be reunited with his loved ones on March 27, 2021. 

Charlie was born on May 9, 1941 to his parents, Raymond and Mary Claytor Coleman of Jodie.

He was an Army veteran, a 54-year member of the Gauley Bridge Masonic Lodge, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Jodie Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the choir.   

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Junior, Robert, Jimmy, Elwood, Jack and C.D.   

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda, and daughters, Angie Grose (Steve) of Gauley Bridge and Sherri Lopez of Gauley Bridge. He is also survived by stepchildren, Everett Baker (Theresa) of Oak Hill, Ellery Baker (Karen) of Virginia, Emily Destro (Jared) of Virginia and Evan Baker (Lindsey) of Charlton Heights. Surviving grandchildren are Eric Grose (Tristan) of Charlton Heights, Cassie Rector (Brett) of Evans, Michael Armstrong (Laura) of Charleston, Lainey, Landon and Issac Baker and Aubrey and Eva Destro, all of Virginia, and Kinley and Elijah Baker of Charlton Heights. Surviving great-grandchildren are Charleigh Grose, Bryce Rector and Layla Armstrong. Charles is also survived by his aunt, Virginia Claytor, and sisters-in-law, Marjorie, Ellen and Carol Coleman and blessed with many nieces and nephews who he loved like his own. Charlie was also blessed to have many friends that he considered to be family. 

He will be missed by so many whose lives were touched forever by this very special man. 

Funeral service was April 3 at the Jodie Baptist Church, Jodie, with the Rev. Mike Long officiating. Burial was in the Rich Creek Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Paul Randall Coleman

Paul Randall Coleman, 83, of Dixie, died April 8, 2021.

He was born in Longacre on Jan. 28, 1938 to the late Stonewall and Gertrude Rose Coleman. Along with his parents, he predeceased by his wife, Penny Coleman.

He was a member of Campbell Memorial Baptist Church, and retired from the Department of Corrections.

He was a United States Marine, having proudly served in the Vietnam War.

He was an avid golfer and loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Paul “Joe” Coleman (Stacy) of Gauley Bridge and Terry Lee Coleman (Jeni) of St. Clarksville, Ohio; grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Zachary; brothers, Ken Coleman (Charlotte) of Falls View, Larry Coleman (Sandy) of Fayetteville, Gary Coleman (Beverly) of Cedar Grove and Ricky Coleman of Beckley; sister, Linda Dalporta of Charleston; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Coleman of Mt. Carbon.

Service was April 12 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Chester Bird officiating. Burial followed later in the week at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Craig Anthony Cottle

Craig Anthony Cottle, 59 of Robson, passed away Feb. 18, 2021 at home.

Craig was born Oct. 1, 1961 in Montgomery, son of the late John Richard and Muriel Wilda Cottle. 

Craig was a self-employed mason.

He served in the United States Marines in North Carolina.

Craig was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. He loved his family.

Craig was a proud veteran and a dear friend to many. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Jennifer Jones; grandsons, Joshua and Jonas Jones; stepson, Roger Hall II; sister, Lula Futrell; and niece, Megan Wildcat. 

The family requests donations be sent to the VFW American Legion at 205 West Maple Ave., Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Jan A. “Creedy” Creasey

Jan A. “Creedy” Creasey, 76, of Chelyan, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was the son of the late Benjie and Beatrice Creasey.

Creedy enjoyed being outside, mowing the lawn, having family cookouts, and spending time at his pool. He loved and treasured spending time with his grandchildren.

On March 15, 2021, Creedy proudly accepted Jesus as his savior.

Left to cherish Creedy’s memory is his loving wife of 52 years, Donna Creasey; children, Sherri Foreman (Kevin) and Jason Creasey; grandchildren, Jayden Creasey and Chloe Foreman; brother, Tony Creasey; and a host of special coworkers and friends.

In addition to his parents, Creedy is preceded in death by his brother, Benny Creasey. 

A celebration of his life was held April 23 at Pryor Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Richard Thompson officiated.

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Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Benny Lee Edwards II

Benny Lee Edwards II, 35, of Marmet, died March 24, 2021.

He was born in Beckley on Feb. 20, 1986 to the late David A. Edwards Sr. and Geneva Batteron Edwards.

He is survived by his brother, David Edwards Jr. (Rachel) of Montgomery; sister, Holly Lykins (Carl) of Gauley Bridge; partner, Chris Martin of Marmet.

Service was March 28 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Robert “Bob” Louis Giles

Robert “Bob” Louis Giles, 84, of Havelock, died March 27, 2021, surrounded by his family.
His funeral was held April 9 at O’Dell Funeral Home. Interment followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, with military honors by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard, U.S. Marine Corps League, and American Legion Post 93.
Bob was born to the late Ira Delbert and Rachel Louise Clark Giles in Whittaker on Jan. 21, 1937.

He married the love of his life, Peggy Sue Atkins, on Aug. 7, 1955.

Bob joined the United States Marine Corps and retired as a Master Sergeant after 25 years of faithful and dedicated service. He was a decorated Vietnam War veteran, earning the Navy Commendation Medal with V device for valor. He also earned the Air Medal with seven Strike/Flight awards, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he went to work with Sears-Roebuck for 25 years. He developed many lifelong friendships with his co-workers.
One of his greatest blessings were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They would always bring a smile to his face and he loved them, as he would say, “Love you, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!” His kind gestures to so many through the years will be remembered and his spirit will live on in the lives of his family.
Bob is survived by his son, Terry Giles (Misty) of Vanceboro, North Carolina; sisters, Wanda Smoot of the home, Sheila Igo (David) of Salisbury, North Carolina, Patty Foster (Richard) of China Grove, North Carolina and Christine Thomas of Leesburg, Virginia; brothers, Thomas “Tommy” Giles of Gallagher and James “Jim” Giles (Lori) of Hansford; grandchildren, Peter Lisowski (Shannon) of Los Angeles, California, Ryan Lisowski (Alex) of Tananger, Norway, Krista Barbrey (Brandon) of Wilson, North Carolina, Jennifer Lynn (Rodney) of Richlands, North Carolina, Shawn Krull of Havelock, North Carolina and Kyleigh Giles of Vanceboro, North Carolina; nine great-grandchildren, Sawyer Lisowski, Bailee Barbrey, Marin Lisowski, Zoey Lynn, Blythe Lisowski, Brynn Barbrey, Paxton Barbrey, Cormac Lisowski and Saoirse Lisowski.
He was preceded in Heaven by his beloved wife, Peggy Sue Giles; his daughter, Tammie Lynn Krull; and younger brother, Ira “Bud” Giles.
A special thanks to his sister Wanda for all she did for him and the family over the past six years. Also a heartfelt thank you to the doctors and nurses at CarolinaEast Medical Center for the care and compassion shown during his recent stays.
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William S. Greiner III

William S. Greiner III, 83, of Glen Ferris, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2021. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Minakoulis Greiner, and his parents, William and Beulah Greiner. 

Bill was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served most of his service in Germany.

After spending several years at Elkem Metals in Alloy, he went on to work 25 years for the U.S. Postal Service from which he retired.

Bill was a kind and honest man. He will be missed by all who knew him. However, we know he is now with the love of his life, Mary Jane. 

Bill Kincaid officiated the graveside service at the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church Cemetery on April 16. 

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. 

Timothy John Grimmett

Tim was born in Gauley Bridge on June 20, 1957 to William D. Grimmett and Mary L. “Weasie” Grimmett of Gauley Bridge.

He was president of Narco, Inc. in Smithers, a member of the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology. 

He was preceded in death by his father, William D. Grimmett; and brother, William D. Grimmett II.

Survivors include his daughter, Ashley Nashae Grimmett, and granddaughter, Arlie Alan Thurman, of Asheville, North Carolina; his mother, Mary L. “Weasie” Grimmett of Gauley Bridge; brother, Mark A. Grimmett (Pam) of Charleston, WV; niece, Talia Grimmett of Swiss; nephews, William D. Grimmett III (Elizabeth) of Bayden, Pennsylvania, Mark Ashton Grimmett (Kaila) of Falls View and Dakotah R. Grimmett (Katie) of Charleston; former wife and long time friend, Elda Lois Grimmett of Asheville, North Carolina; and his loving dog, Boisen. 

Timothy John Grimmett lived fast, loved hard. A son, father, brother, Gdaddy, friend, a country boy at heart, man of faith, brilliant business man left this world in the arms of his family on April 17, 2021. 

Tim was a wild and beautiful soul, one who left this world too soon. In his wake, he leaves a legacy of love and adventure; forever alive in our memories as a playful spirit, contagiously spreading joy among his kindred. Those who spent time with Tim knew he lived life to the fullest; his wit, humor and generous heart deeply impacted every life he touched. 

All of this world’s most impactful people have a history of struggle, and, likewise, Tim transformed his greatest trials into victories for many. He spent nine years of his life triumphantly sober and fighting alongside others to break the destructive cycle of addiction in their lives. Tim was a man who believed that simple acts of goodness ripple outward to create more goodness, and he conducted his life as proof of this power. 

If you spent time with Timmy, you heard him tell a story — a good one. Maybe it left you both in laughter or pulled at your heart or maybe blindsided you into shock and disbelief. That was the eloquence of Tim. Now, may we encounter him in the unforgettable stories we happen on in our own lives; may we hear him in the laughter of a good joke and feel his presence amidst the peaceful presence of the natural world he deeply loved. 

The one thing Tim told his daughter many times: never stop playing. May we all remember that joy is the great beauty of this life and live it to the fullest like Tim. 

The funeral and burial will be private. 

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Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Josephine Harless

Josephine Harless, 80, of DeLand, Florida, formerly of Belle, passed away April 6, 2021.

She was born in Mercer County on Aug. 19, 1940, to Lacy and Helen Burrough, and in addition to her parents and brother, Lewie Burrough, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, David Harless, in 2019.

Jo was retired from Kanawha County Board of Education where she worked as a secretary in the purchasing department, was a former member of Judson Baptist Church, Belle, and regularly attended First United Methodist Church, DeLand, Florida and was a Baptist by faith.

She was active in her community and loved spending time with the ladies playing cards. 

Surviving are her children, Douglas Harless and wife Mary of Belle Mead, New Jersey, Richard Harless and wife Pam of Abingdon, Virginia and Rebecca Harless Mitchem and husband Jeff of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren, Megan Elgort (Greg), Natalie and Matthew Harless, Courtney Internicola, Will and Katie Harless, and Sarah and Rachel Mitchem; and great-grandchildren, Layla and Jameson Internicola.

Funeral services were held April 12 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Charles Bolen officiating. Interment followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Sara Ann Billheimer Horrocks

Sara Ann Billheimer Horrocks, age 61, of Mt. Nebo, passed into Heaven on March 27, 2021 at WVU Medicine — JW Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Charleston on Dec. 28, 1959, a daughter of the late Gordon Billheimer and the late Donna Greco.

Sara was the owner of Nailicious Nails in Summersville and a member of the Grand Order of Loyal Leprechauns.

She was a 1978 graduate of Gauley Bridge High School. 

Sara is survived by her much beloved husband, Lee Horrocks; children, Leanna and Matthew, both of Mt. Nebo; a sister, Betsy Billheimer Atwater of Boomer; a brother, Gordon Billheimer Jr. of Austin, Texas; a niece and two nephews; and her best friends, Peggy and Bernard Drennen.

Per her wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service.

Memorial donations can be made to the Mt. Nebo St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 546 Wilderness Highway, Apt. 1, Mt. Nebo, WV 26679 or to any Hospice provider.

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Arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Care of Westover/Morgantown.

Lisa Dawn Landers

It is with great sadness that the family of Lisa Dawn Landers, of Cedar Grove, announces her passing on April 19, 2021.

Lisa will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren (Max and Miles Hellman), her daughter (Ashley Landers), her parents (Pamela Landers Weber and Freddie Landers), and her grandparents, all now deceased (James and Virginia Landers, William Howard and Olive Upton). Lisa will also be forever remembered by her extended family and dear friends. All family members will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Lisa had an uncanny ability to find happiness in her daily activities. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. She cared deeply for her family and neighbors. She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. Lisa, in all aspects of her life, was kind. She opened her heart and home to many including a houseful of rescued dogs and cats. 

Friends and family honored Lisa at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove on April 24.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Delbert Ray Molebash

Delbert Ray Molebash, age 80, of Montgomery, died April 21, 2021.

He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio.

He was retired from the West Virginia Institute of Technology maintenance department in Montgomery and he was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta, and a brother.

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

Information submitted by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Edith June Pell

Edith June Pell, better known as “Mamaw,” passed away on March 19, 2021 at Montgomery General Hospital.

She was 88 and born on Aug. 31, 1932 in Mount Carbon as the youngest of 12 children.

Mamaw was known for her humor, style, homecooked meals, and outpouring of love.

She enjoyed a long 70-year marriage to Robert “Pete” Pell Jr., with whom she has joined in heaven. Mrs. Pell worked at Montgomery General Hospital as a respiratory therapist and was also incredibly active at Calvary Episcopal Church. She is wholeheartedly missed.

Though still the matriarch of her family, she is survived by children, Robert Shannon Pell III, Kathy Lynn Pell and Debbie Ann Pell; grandchildren, Robert “Tony” Anthony Pell V, Esha June Pell and Yusuf Adam Pell; niece, Jean Davis; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Hayden Pell; and daughter-in-law, Razia Pell.

She was laid to rest beside her husband at Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum in London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Bruce Allen Preast

Bruce Allen Preast passed away April 14, 2021.

A member of the Gauley Bridge High School Class of 1977, Bruce was born Sept. 27, 1959.

No services will be held.

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Robert G. “Catfish” Querry

Robert G. “Catfish” Querry, 91, of Hughes Creek, died at home April 22, 2021 following a short illness, with his family by his side.

Dad was known by many as The Cat Man on the CB radio.

He spent many years of his life singing in gospel quartets with family and friends.

He had a long career in coal mining and retired from Cannelton Industries.

He was born and raised in Cannelton Hollow and spent the rest of his life living on Hughes Creek.

He was a member of the Hughes Creek Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Bessie; brothers, Howard, Jack, Chuck, Billy and Buddy; and sisters, Helen and Birdie.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Virginia, and son, Michael.  

He is survived by sons, David (Melissa) of Hughes Creek, Greg (Glenna) of Belle, Bradley (Mary Beth) of Sissonville and Bryan (Mary) of Cool Springs, North Carolina; extended family, Sterling Proctor of Columbus, Ohio and Paul Bench of Kimberly; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to Sherry Siders Wolford for her loving care to our dad.

Services were April 26 at the Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Entombment followed the service at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

James Franklin (Jimmy) Sears

James Franklin (Jimmy) Sears, 54, of Belle, passed away on April 4, 2021. 

He was born Aug. 25, 1966 to Eugene and Edna Thomas Sears of Smithers. 

Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Sears Whipkey of Grayson, Kentucky; his sisters, Martha (Pat) Perry of Crown Hill and Patricia (Pete) Engstrom of Deepwater; his sisters-in-law, Sheila Sears of Dixie and Rebecca Sears of Boomer. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

The family would like to thank his niece, Tina Lane, for always helping Jimmy and seeing to his needs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Daniel, Roger and Robert Sears, and sister Debra.

He graduated from Valley High School, where he played baseball and football.

He was a retired member of the Laborer’s Local Union 1353 in Charleston. He was also a retired member of the Brothers of the Wheel Motorcycle Club, Kanawha Valley Chapter.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding. 

A remembrance service was held April 12 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Chester Bird officiating. Jimmy wished to be cremated.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Sherry Lynn Smith

Our beloved mother, Sherry Lynn Smith, 68, of Montgomery, passed away unexpectedly on April 20, 2021, after a tragic automobile accident.

She is survived by her two children, Patrick Smith and Dennise Smith; her daughter-in-law, Kim Smith; her two grandchildren, Eli and Maddie Grace Smith; her brother, Neil Mullins; ex-husband, Chuck Smith; and dearest friends, Connie Fox and Carolyn Linkous, along with many others in her extended family. Due to Covid-19 concerns, a private service will be held for family and close friends at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

Sherry was born on a bright and sunny day June 30, 1953, to Denver and Freda Mullins of Bentree.

She graduated from Clay High School with honors and went onto study at West Virginia Institute of Technology. After graduating, she worked tirelessly her entire life as an accountant, and for more 40 years she managed the Montgomery office of Smith, Cochran & Hicks.

She also volunteered at the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston.

She enjoyed crafting, finding great deals at yard sales with her aunt, Patty Workman, reading Danielle Steele novels, lunching with her friend Connie Fox, and watching her grandchildren play sports. After this dreadful year of quarantine, she was excited to have received her vaccine and was looking forward to finally being able to spend lots of quality time with her family this summer. 

Sherry was the epitome of humility and grace, a kind and gentle soul who brought calm to any storm and one who could see the good in any situation or person.

Eschewing the spotlight, she instead took great joy in supporting her children, grandchildren, and friends and seeing them happy. Sherry always took time for others, no matter what the circumstances. She sought ways to ease your burden, never asking for anything in return and never judging. She was there with calm and reassuring words of support in dark times. For her family and friends, she was the rainbow in our clouds. 

While we are heartbroken to have lost her, we are thankful to have been given the privilege of having Sherry in our lives. 

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Wilma M. Kidd Stephenson

Wilma M. Kidd Stephenson, 93, of Beech Glen, died March 30, 2021 at her home after an extended illness.

She was the daughter of the late Wilmer L. and Bessie M. Hudnall Kidd and was born at Vanetta April 29, 1927.

Wilma was a member of the Swiss Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David French Stephenson; her youngest son, Donald Lee Stephenson; siblings, Bill and Don Kidd and Bonnie Tinney and Betty Thomas.

Wilma is survived by her sons, David “French” Stephenson Jr. (Sandy) of Dixie and Nick Stephenson (Cathy) of Panama City Beach, Florida; grandchildren, David Paul, Jeremy, Thomas “Ben,” Julie and Emily Stephenson, Christy Stephenson Kauff and Jami Stephenson Gwinn; great-grandchildren, Derek Lopez, Katelyn, Tyler, Sarah and Raegan Ramsey and Zachary, Ashley, Matthew and Caycie Stephenson; great-great-grandchildren, Paisley and Lincoln Ellison; sister, Wanda Horton (Melvin) of Karnak, Illinois; and her beloved cat, Jingles.

Special thanks to her caregivers, Diane Legg, Kindred at home and Hospice Care.

Graveside services were conducted April 3 in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville with Pastor Gene Truman officiating.

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Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Steven Michael Summers

Steven Michael Summers, 52, of Witcher, passed away April 16, 2021 at home following a long illness.

He was a former construction worker.

Preceding him in death were his father, John Robert Summers.

Surviving are his daughters, Brittany Summers of Smithers and MaryAnn Summers of Montgomery; mother, Alana Margaret Summers of Belle; brothers, John Summers of Belle and Robert Summers of Rand; grandchildren and sidekicks, Trenton, Alana and Raegan Summers.

Graveside funeral services were held April 23 at Witcher Memorial Gardens, Belle, with Clinton Hoy officiating.

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

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Jackie Dean Tilley

Jackie Dean Tilley, 81, of Fayetteville, passed away March 16, 2021 at Bowers Hospice House.

Jackie was born on March 19, 1939 in Dott, son of the late Howard and Camella Tilley.

Jackie was a machinist at Marathon Coal Bit and Mountaineer Manufacturing.

Jackie was a Reverend for 20 years at the House of Worship.

In addition to his parents, Jackie is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Tilley, and his first wife, Phyllis Tilley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.

Funeral services were March 18 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Onnie Morgan officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be sent to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr, Beckley, WV 25801.

James Albert Wyant

James Albert Wyant, age 88, of Kimberly, died April 5, 2021.

He was born Nov. 10, 1932 at Clay and was the son of the late Albert and Wavie Cook Wyant. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Emma Churchwell Wyant; sons, Charles Jacob and John Zackary Wyant; daughter, Joanna Wyant; and grandchildren, Ricky, Kyle and Heather.

James was an avid hunter and fisherman; he loved being outdoors. He loved to garden and he was very active at the Bethel Church in Smithers.

He was retired from Peabody Coal Company and a member of the UMWA and a veteran of the United States Army.

Surviving: children, Nancy Regina Eppling of Sumter, South Carolina, Jimmy Wyant (Teresa) of Pinch, Lori Huddleston (Steve} of Charlotte, North Carolina and Porchia Sayre of Kimberly; grandchildren, Etta, Charlie (Betsy and baby) and Jaimmy; great-grandchildren, Emma and Aubrey; brothers, Rocky and Paul Wyant; and sisters, Carolyn Conley, Shirley Small and Ruby Moore.

Service was April 10 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. Burial followed in Sunrise Cemetery in Clay County.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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