In memory

Roy E. Adkins Sr.

Roy E. Adkins Sr., of Montgomery, went home to be with the Lord on April 9, 2022, at home.

Roy knew how to light up the room with his lighthearted ways. He always found a way to bring a smile with his witty ways. No matter the situation, he was always willing to help others and expected nothing in return.

Roy was born on July 10, 1938, at Collinsdale. He loved his old Paint Creek friends and loved to tell about his growing up in Burnwell.

Roy was preceded in death by his son, Roy E. Adkins Jr., who will be waiting to greet him upon his arrival with open arms, and his mother, Effie, and his dad, Roy Adkins.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Adkins, of Montgomery. Mary was the love of his life and he enjoyed spending time with her every day. Their love was a true one from the beginning. They had a happy 61 years together.

Roy was a graduate of East Bank High School Class of 1956 and attended West Virginia Tech in accounting and Chicago Technical College in drafting.

Roy served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962 where he served in Berlin, Germany during the Berlin Crisis.

He was a volunteer at Montgomery General Hospital which he thoroughly enjoyed.

He was a member and head deacon at Handley Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Pratt-Hansford Lions Club for many years. He and Mary cooked and delivered meals to many area seniors for many years.

Roy retired from the Town of Pratt Water Works, where he was the water treatment plant operator.

I would like to thank Dr. Jagannath and his staff, and the staff at CAMC Oncology unit for the angelic care they provided for Roy, also the hospice nurse who was a comfort to us both.

Service was at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. James Baldwin officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Sandra Lee Amick

Sandra Lee Amick, 72, of Summersville, passed away March 30, 2022 in the Summersville Regional Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Hudell and Leota Dooley Dunn and was born at Montgomery Sept. 15, 1949.

Sandra was a former employee of Heilig-Meyers, Nicholas County Bank, Hobby Haven and a caregiver for Open Doors.

She was a member of the Mountain State Baptist Church in Summersville.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gary Amick.

Surviving: daughter, Michelle White of Calvin; sisters, Ann Lanham and Beth Kitzmiller, both of Summersville; one nephew, three nieces, eight great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-nieces; and special friends, Joy and Julian Arbuckle of Lewisburg.

Graveside services was conducted April 4 in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens at Calvin with Pastor Rick Childers officiating. 

Memorial donations can be made to the family.

The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville ( is in charge of arrangements. 

Joel Franklin Bowling Sr.

Joel Franklin Bowling Sr., 76, of Southside, passed away at home on March 24, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.                                                                    

Joel was born on Feb. 1, 1946, in Montgomery, to the late William H. Bowling and Margaret O’Connell Bowling.

Joel was a 1964 graduate of Montgomery High School and continued his education at West Virginia Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Printing Management.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972, and while only in for his basic four years, he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Joel spent 38 years working in hospital administration. He achieved recognition and success while working for hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio. He retired from Raleigh General in Beckley.

He loved the outdoors and looked forward to his yearly vacations at the beach.

Being known for his witty sense of humor, Joel was well liked in his work and private life. Joel was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.     

Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 44 years, Brenda Racer Bowling; son, Joel F. Bowling Jr.; and daughters, Jessica M. Bowling Haines and husband Benjamin and Jamie L. Bowling Palumbo and husband Stephen. He was blessed with 13 grandchildren, and numerous other family members and lifelong friends.  

In addition to his parents, Joel was also preceded in death by his brother, William H. “Herb” Bowling, and a nephew, Timothy O’Connell Bowling.                                         

Joel’s faith was a part of his life and with that same kind of faith, Joel’s family honored and celebrated his life.

A visitation was held March 30, followed by “The Rosary” at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro. Joel’s funeral mass was celebrated March 31 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Nitro, with Father Chapin officiating.

Military honors for Joel will take place at a later date at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar. 

Betty Jo Bryant

Betty Jo Bryant, 90, died peacefully on March 26, 2022.

She is preceded in death by her parents, father Cecil Powell and mother Evelyn Powell, and her husband, Robert Bryant.

Surviving: her sons, Brett (Andrea) Bryant of Franklin, Tennessee and Pride (Tracey) Bryant of Seffner, Florida; daughter, Kim (Mike) Coslet of Centennial, Colorado; grandchildren, Courtney (Marcelo) Duran, Heather (Scott) Thompson and Zachary (Sonya) Coslet; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Marah, Hadley, Shelby and Decker, all of the greater Denver, Colorado area; brother, Charles (Minnie) Powell of Venice, Florida; and aunts, Mary Rose Huddleston and JoAnn Bryant of Montgomery.

She was born in Renick on Sept. 12, 1931, but grew up in Montgomery where she met her future husband, Bob, at Montgomery Swimming Pool where he was a lifeguard.

She graduated from Montgomery High School in 1949 and they married on Sept. 14, 1951.

She became a homemaker and later a retail salesperson.

The family would like to thank Jack and Sue Bryant for their help and the fantastic staff at Montgomery Rehab and Nursing for their care.

The family will hold a private celebration of life and requests memorial donations to Montgomery United Methodist Church, 319 5th Avenue, Montgomery, WV, where she was a member for 80 years.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Delmar Joe Campbell

Delmar Joe Campbell, of Hansford, passed away at home on April 3, 2022, in the presence of his loving wife of 62 years, Juanita Louise Campbell, and his daughter, Debra Lynn Vaughan.

He is also survived by his daughter, Cheryl Ann Slack, and son-in-law, David A. Slack, as well as many loving sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Emory Campbell; his mother, Thelma Campbell; his brothers, Emory (Mim) Campbell, Jack Campbell and Keith Campbell; and sister, Helen Ball.

If you knew Joe Campbell, you know he loved his family, his friends in Braxton County (hunting and sitting on his porch), his UMWA family and sitting in his building watching ballgames. Also, a special thanks to Stella and Jimmy Slack for their care and support.

Funeral services were April 8 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery, with Deacon Bill Lively officiating. Interment followed the service at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Dorothy Ann Copenhaver

Dorothy Ann Copenhaver, 79, of Kesslers Cross Lanes, passed away on March 27, 2022.

Born Feb. 15, 1943 in Drennen, she was the daughter of the late Cecil William Lucas and Elizabeth Underwood Lucas.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Roger Allen Copenhaver; two sons, Timothy Allen Copenhaver and wife Wendy of Charlotte, North Carolina and Stephen Reigh Copenhaver of Catawba, South Carolina; daughter, Kelly Dawn Sayre and husband Bruce of Fort Lawn, South Carolina; a sister, Mary McGuire of Summersville; brother, George Lucas of Summersville; four grandchildren, Tim, Samantha, Joshua and Bethany; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob, Devon, Layla and Hannah.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Lucas of Florida, and a grandchild, Caleb Copenhaver of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Friends called at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville on April 1, with graveside services following in the Dotson-Simpson Cemetery at Keslers Cross Lanes. 

The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville ( is in charge of arrangements. 

Virgil “Norman” Cordle

Virgil “Norman” Cordle, 85, passed away at his home in Rutledge, Tennessee on April 4, 2020.

He was born at Kingston on April 23, 1934.

He attended Montgomery High School, graduating in the Class of 1952. He attended West Virginia Tech in Montgomery.

He started with the C&P Telephone Company in Montgomery in 1955. He was transferred from there to Washington, D.C. and worked for several locations for AT&T. He retired from the telephone company in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1993 after 38 years of service.

Some of Norman’s fondest memories were playing high school and college football. He was a big fan of the Tennessee Volunteers and was especially fond of Peyton Manning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Cordelia Cordle; daughters, Patricia Murphy of Ashland, Kentucky, Brenda (Tommy) Burney of Greer, South Carolina and Melanie (Rick) Wardroup of Rutledge; grandchildren, Patti (Craig) Loree, Brian Murphy, Aaron Murphy, Courtney Burney, Chelsea Minkler (Josh) and Alayna Wardroup; great-grandchildren, Alex Lazarony, Frankie Lazarony, Jacob (Brooke) Loree, Josh Loree, Ivy Cox and Solomon Hart; and several nieces and nephews.

Norman was cremated in April 2020 per his wishes.

All friends and family were invited to a celebration of life on April 16 at Grainger County Park, Rutledge, Tennessee.

Thomas Lee Cosgrove

Thomas Lee Cosgrove, 86, of Smithers, died April 5, 2022.

He was born in Smithers on Sept. 27, 1935, to the late John Thomas and Thelma Gladys Miller Cosgrove.

He was U.S. Air Force veteran and attended the Oakland Church of God in Smithers.

He retired from Royal Coffee Company of Birmingham and Dallas. Upon retiring, he retired to Smithers in 2000.

He was a graduate of Montgomery High School, and attended College in Florence, Alabama.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Thomas Patrick Cosgrove of Birmingham; sister, Alice Cosgrove of Smithers; nephew, Paul Oliver Fleet of Smithers, and additional nieces and nephews in Alabama; and special friend, Martha Martin of Winfield.

Service was held April 9 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery with Pastor Todd Morris officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Margaret Ellen Falbo

Grief is the price we pay for love (Queen Elizabeth II).

Margaret Ellen Maggie Falbo passed away peacefully April 6 at her longtime home in Smithers.

Born Margaret Ellen Cline on June 13, 1930, at Tad, Big Bottom, Campbells Creek, Maggie was 91. The daughter of Earl Henry Cline and Hazel Calvert, diligent, hard-scrabble parents, Maggie was the eldest of three children (brothers Bob and Larry have passed), and five half-siblings in years to come. It was a challenging childhood compared to life today. New dresses made of flour sacks, the once-a-year ice cream deliveries on the Fourth, and a single orange in her Christmas stocking were cause for celebration.

Her ancestry was Scots-English and German. She loved to inform everyone that she was descended on her mother’s side from Lord Baltimore Calvert, who founded the colony which became Maryland. This confirmed for Margaret that she was royalty after all and could wear purple every day of the week.

Margaret moved to Smithers in 1946, tasted and fell in love with spaghetti for the first time in her life. She began waitressing at Tony Bree’s Italian restaurant, and became fast friends with Tony’s daughters, Rosie, Lena and Teresa. The Brias often hid Maggie behind the restaurant counter when the truant officer came round.

A few years later Margaret joined the Three Musketeers with lifelong friends Betty Long and JoNancy Bria. Pursued by numerous Italian suitors, she allowed Frank J. Preach Falbo to begin courting her. The two were wed in 1948 and got busy having children – seven little spaghetti eaters, which fulfilled the prophecy imparted by a mechanical fortune teller while in Cincinnati on their honeymoon.

Maggie and Frank built a home with a waterfall in the back on Smithers Creek, Cannelton Hollow.

Margaret joined and became active in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Boomer and made many lasting friendships while participating in St. Theresa’s and the events at the Lenten Auditorium.

Ultimately raised by her grandmother, Maude Mommy Cline, Margaret adored all children and made nurturing and educating children her life’s passion. Besides raising her own and helping with her grandchildren, she had a career in childcare at Montgomery Presbyterian Daycare and, later, at West Virginia Tech Childcare. She shaped the lives and characters of hundreds of children over the years.

She reluctantly retired and pursued her love of reading on her back porch swing with the creek and the creaking chains keeping tune. The birds and the chipmunks entertained her as they frolicked and stuffed their mouths with offerings of unshelled peanuts and sunflower seeds.

The first three of her children passed far too soon: Peggy, in November 2010; Frankie, in November 2011; and Michael in October 2014. Husband Frank Sr. passed in January 2012.

She will forever be with, and in the hearts of her remaining family: Dr. Anthony “Tody” Falbo (Mindy), of Cornelius, North Carolina, Dr. Mary Beth Falbo (Winfield Strock) of Charleston, Chef Patrick Falbo of Charleston, and Greg Falbo of Smithers. Greg has been mom’s housemate and partner for more than five decades, and her primary caregiver for the last decade or so. Grandchildren are Dr. Frank Falbo (Sara) of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Jason Falbo of Beauty Mountain, Amy Sommer Gaefke (Chris) of Pittsburgh, Dr. Shane Spicer (Cristobal Guiterrez) of Manhattan, Michael Ben Falbo (Brittany) of Nitro, and Graham Falbo (Katie) of Franklin Lake, New Jersey. To her delight, she had numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren across the country. Aunt Margaret leaves behind many nieces and nephews, all very precious to her. She is also survived by brother Garry Cline of Florida and sister Sonja Kay Bartley of Tennessee. Brothers Dennis and Vaughn Bartley and Glenn Cline also preceded her in death.

Maggie showed her love by cooking for her family, and on weekends we awakened to the smell of frying garlic and sauce and meatballs being prepared. On Sundays, after partaking in an elaborate boarding house breakfast, we were further treated to the wonderful yeasty aroma of baking bread, and the warm, buttery hunks that followed.  She is famous for her hot chocolate and Nona bread, perfect egg sandwiches, and Pastina to soothe a sore throat or bruised heart. Momma Margaret mailed fried apple pies 3,000 miles cross country when Patrick was working in California. She introduced her children to recipes from her coal camp roots and her adopted Italian culture as well.  Let’s face it, she spoiled her offspring and theirs (and theirs) with food and frivolity and singing and dirty jokes and boundless love and a stash of cash that she passed out like Juicy Fruit gum.

Growing up during the Depression, her family survived on beans and potatoes and macaroni with milk and butter. She returned to this latter favorite in her final years. In the last weeks, it was her main source of nourishment, lovingly prepared by daughter Mary Elizabeth. Chef Patrick provided numerous culinary treats, Anthony sent regular gifts of confections from the Nut Shop, and she could never turn down a Cavalier hamburger. Thank you, Ray, for carrying on your family’s tradition.

She loved to travel, and took us on a yearly pilgrimage to Anna Maria, Florida, where we dug clams and read on the beach. She also took us on other excursions to many West Virginia State Parks, including Canaan Valley, Watoga, Babcock and others.

She enjoyed working in the yard, raking leaves, and landscaping. Growing tomatoes, cucumbers and green onions resulted in bountiful harvests each year. We all inherited her love of the outdoors, an unquenchable thirst for reading, and the joy of playing and relaxing in the creek. She taught us to enjoy our lives and to quit worrying!

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you will find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight” (Gibran, 1923).

Maggie has been our delight in this lifetime. We are so lucky to have been in her light.  Friends visited from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.  Following, Pastor Jeff Floyd officiated and eulogized.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Oscar Harold Fisher

Oscar Harold Fisher, 70, of Cedar Grove. left this world to be with his Lord God Jesus Christ on April 17, 2022.

He is preceded in death by his parents. Kenneth and Evelyn Fisher. 

He is survived by his children, Clete (Jessika) Fisher of Hurricane, Leon Fisher Sr. of Cedar Grove and Autumn (Scott) Ridenour of Kimberly; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; siblings, Kenny Fisher, Richard Fisher, Ronnie Fisher and Nora Fisher; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Anyone who knew him knew that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life, and he couldn’t talk about them without a smile on his face.

A big kid himself, he was always ready with a joke or funny story and enjoyed making others laugh.

He was an avid reader, die-hard Yankees, Irish, and Mountaineer fan, enjoyed listening to music, drinking coffee and porch sitting.

The world is a darker place without him in it and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Services were held April 22 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ian Lee Frampton

Ian Lee Frampton, 26, of East Bank, passed away on March 30, 2022 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after a short illness. He was surrounded by his loved ones who will strive to honor his memory by living their life to the fullest. 

Ian was born on June 14, 1995, in Beckley, and raised in the small town of East Bank. Ian was always known as someone who lived their life in the fast lane. It was an honor for Ian to own a white Dodge Charger scat pack, just like his lifelong friend, Tyler Seacrist. Not only did Ian love revving the engine of his car and being heard miles away, but the meaning of the car also held a special place in his heart.

Being a father to Bella Grace and Asher Lee was Ian’s biggest accomplishment. The love he had for those two babies was something his family will never let them forget.

Anyone who knew Ian knows he would argue with you about politics one minute and the next have you belly laughing. Ian’s laugh was very contagious and a sound we always want to remember. Twenty-six years was not nearly enough time on this earth for Ian but we will all cherish every single memory we hold with him.

Ian operated Forever Frampton T-Shirt Company, a division of Sassy B Boutique which is his family’s business located in East Bank.

Ian was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Clark; grandfather, Rick Landers; his great-grandparents; and best friend, Tyler Seacrist.

Ian is survived by his daughter, Isabella “Bella” Grace; son, Asher Lee; mother and dad, Amy and Clint Landers; grandparents, Gary and Vicki Frampton and Kathy Landers; More More Momaw, Anna “Janie” Frampton; aunts, Mary Dawn and Cristin Frampton; uncle, Clifton “Bub” Landers; special cousins, Courtney, Whitney, Brandon and the entire Holbrook family. Ian is also survived by his best friends, Seth White and Molley Beard; and his father, Corey Clark, and the whole Clark family. 

A celebration of his life was held April 10 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, followed by a service with Pastor Gary Frampton officiating.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kenneth Dwayne Franco

Kenneth Dwayne Franco, 68, of Beckley, passed away after a short illness on Jan. 18, 2022, at Beckley ARH Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Lou Etta Franco; sisters, Norma Miller and Debbie Franco; and brothers, Wilmer Earl Franco, Joseph Franco, Jacob Franco, Freddie Franco and Tommy Franco.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Suzie Redman, Martha “Daisy” Skidmore and Louise “Pee Wee” LeMaster; brothers, Billy (Sue) Franco, Burt Franco and David Franco; and special friend, Sally.

He enjoyed antiquing and jewelry.

Even in death he continued his giving spirit by donating through CORE, providing two totally blind individuals the gift of sight. A family memorial will be held at a later date. Information provided by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Michael John Gunning

Michael John Gunning, age 67, passed away at home April 2, 2022 after a long illness.

He was born Dec. 17, 1954, in Montgomery, the son of the late John Gunning and Jean Gunning.

He graduated from Gauley Bridge High School.

Michael John was a coal miner, a roof bolter, and mine foreman for 40 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching ball games on TV.

He married Mary “Crickett” Skidmore on Aug. 31, 1985. They had one son, JW (Gabby), and one grandson, John Bennett “JB,” of whom he was very proud.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, John Gunning, and his sister, Linda Gunning Morris.

He is survived by wife, Mary “Crickett” Gunning; son, JW Gunning; grandson, JB; and mother, Jean Gunning.

Michael John was a quiet man with many friends. He will be sadly missed.

Services were held April 8 at the Pennington Funeral Home in Gauley Bridge. Visitation was open to the public, followed by a funeral procession. Burial followed at the Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at  Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Thelma Hall

Thelma Hall, 93, of Powellton, died April 8, 2022.

She was born in Grundy, Virginia on July 4, 1928, to the late Elliot and Elizabeth Honaker. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Hall; son, John Sawyers; and sister, Pat Baker.

She was retired from Montgomery General Hospital and a member of the Powellton United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Parsons; son, Charles K. Hall (Laura); grandchildren, Christopher Hall, Elliott Hall, Richard Parsons, Micah Neff (Lilli), Nicholas K. Hall, Erica Hall and Johnni Trail; many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, along with her special neighbor, Jackie Smith.

Service was April 19 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

James “Bugs” Hudnall Jr.

James “Bugs” Hudnall Jr., 73, of Hico, passed away on April 20, 2022 at his home. 

Born on Sept. 15, 1948 in Glasgow, he was the son of the late James Gaylen Hudnall Sr. and Betty Jean Ferrell Hudnall. 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Chad Gaylen Hudnall. 

He was a proud American, serving as a Marine during Vietnam, and a true West Virginian. He was a natural athlete and Jerry West was his favorite athlete. 

He and Delores have had wonderful life together raising Cindy and Greg on their farm and teaching them the value of family, love and a strong work ethic. As his family grew with grandkids, he truly enjoyed being a papa. 

We will all miss his welcoming smile and sense of humor. He so loved his entire family and was a friend to everyone he met. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Delores Young Hudnall; daughter, Cindy (Scott) Bibb of Maryland; son, Greg Carrow of Virginia; grandchildren, Colby Bibb, Jacqueline Bibb and Jac Carrow; great-grandchild, Amelia Carrow; extended family and friends. 

Service will be 12 noon on Friday, April 29 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted, with David Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service. 

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Disabled American Veterans. A basket will be at the funeral home in which to place donations. 

Online condolences may be sent at 

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted. 

Brenda Kay Johnson

Brenda Kay Johnson, 76, of Belle, passed away April 23, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her companion, James Dunlap; parents, Charles and Lueanna Nickoson; brothers, Charles Jr. and Jerry Lee Nickoson; and niece, Little Anne Raike.

Surviving are her daughter, whom she loved very much, Diane Cunningham (Tom) of Moundsville; brother, Jack Nickoson of Elkhart, Indiana; sister, Anna Belle Clark of Belle; grandchildren, Jenny Dolin, Megan Gump and Melinda Elliott; and eight great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to Hospice Care, all her special nurses, and the best social workers, Beth and Dianna.

In keeping with Brenda’s final requests, her cremation wishes will be honored and there will be no other services.

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

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Rhonda Wattie Lewis

Rhonda Wattie Lewis, 62, of Columbus, Ohio, gained her Heavenly wings on April 6, 2022, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1959, in Montgomery, to Virgil and Dorothy Wattie.

While living in Montgomery, she was an active member of St. John Baptist Church of Morris Drive.

She was a graduate of East Bank High School, and she was an employee at Sears in Montgomery and Charleston and, upon moving to Columbus, she continued her tenure and retired from Sears in Columbus.

After moving to Columbus, she joined Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church where she was an active member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Dorothy Wattie; sister, Beverly Wattie; and brother, Terry Wattie.

She leaves to mourn her husband, Larry Lewis, of Columbus; daughter, Kristl Wattie of Columbus; stepson, Larry Coleman of Huntington; adopted daughter, Krystal (Marion) Bowles of Atlanta, Georgia; two sisters, Shirley (Atlba) Davis of Kennesaw and Georgia Thit (Garfield) Bohanna of Boomer; brothers, Gary Wattie of Downington, Pennsylvania and Darrell (Lisa) Wattie of Boomer; grandchildren, DeAnte’ and Kamron Wattie of Columbus and Zindaya Click of Huntington; great-grandchildren, Braylynn and Bayleigh Wattie of Rand; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service was April 15 at Brookside Ministries, Mt. Carbon, with Pastor Doug Mullins officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rose Ann Lively

Rose Ann Lively, 72, of Craigsville, died April 11, 2022 in the Camden-Clark Medical Center at Parkersburg.

She was the daughter of the late Tuck and Goldie Mae Keith Pritt and was born at Summersville June 15, 1949.

Rose was a retired caregiver and former cook at the Stonewall Jackson Grill in Summersville.

She loved everyone and was often seen on the sidelines watching her grandchildren, Tyler, Kiara Ellen and Taelynn playing softball and soccer.

Rose enjoyed gardening and canning. She attended the Mt. State Baptist Church in Summersville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rondo Lively; grandson, Arnel Wayne Lively; brothers, Raymond and Carl Pritt; and sisters, Martha DeBoard and Lucille Blake.

Surviving: sons, Johnny Rondo Lively of Tioga, Douglas Franklin Lively of Summersville and Daniel Bradley Lively of Nettie; daughters, Doris Smith of Tioga and Elizabeth Rene’ Colley of Salem, Virginia; brothers, Charlie Pritt of Swiss, Donnie Pritt of Enon, Ronnie Pritt of New York and Ralph Pritt of Gilboa; sisters, Jessie Robinson of Birch River and Daisy Ramsey of Clay; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted April 15 in the Mt. State Baptist Church at Summersville with Pastor Mark Secrist officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Glade Creek.

Janet G. DePugh Miller

Janet G. DePugh Miller, age 92, of Montgomery, formerly of Hico, went to Heaven on April 14, 2022, after a long battle with dementia.

She was born to J. Curtis O’Neal and Isabel Bass O’Neal on Aug. 1, 1929, in Kanawha County.

Janet graduated from East Bank High School, worked at G.C. Murphy’s and later studied nursing at Fayette County Nursing School where she became a Licensed Practical Nurse. Janet worked as an LPN for several years in special care at Montgomery General and Oak Hill Hospital until she retired.

Janet and her husband, Charles R. DePugh, raised two children together, Janice Carol and Ronald Steven.

She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, going to church and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Janet is survived by her daughter, Janice (Denver) Fleming of Kimberly and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Katrina Fleming (Scott) Layman of Hurricane, Krista Fleming (Todd) Wiseman and Jarrett and Jacie of Mt. Carbon, Todd (Caitlyn) Fleming and Alden and Chesney of Mt. Carbon, Tabitha DePugh Benton and Dustin Cooper, Dakota Benton, and Selbie Benton, Andrea DePugh (Tony), Carol, and Austin, Channing, and Drake of Beckley, and Roni DePugh (Steven) Taylor and Zoe and Cloe of Sissonville. Janet has one great-grandchild, Bodie Benton. She is also survived by her aunt, Elizabeth “Sis” Bass Corbin, of Cabin Creek; Janet’s stepchildren, James (Kathi) Miller, Danny (Tena) Miller and Vicki (Jack) Eads, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Janet was preceded in death by Charles R. DePugh, James T. Miller and Ronald S. DePugh. Of the 10 children of J. Curtis and Isabel O’Neal, she was the last surviving child.

The family has entrusted O’Dell Funeral Home with the arrangements. Pastor Jeff Floyd and Rev. Jack Eads officiated the service at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, on April 22. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

We would like to thank the staff and doctors at Montgomery General Hospital and Extended Care Unit for their love, support, and care for our family. Janet loved it there and it was home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ernestine “Maggie” Moore

Ernestine “Maggie” Moore, 99, of Smithers, passed away April 3, 2022, at Montgomery Rehab and Nursing after a short illness.

Maggie was born Aug. 19, 1922, in Ansted to the late James Earl Parrish and Helen Margaret Holder Parrish.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Everette Moore; sons, James and Ricky Moore; brothers, Robert and James Parrish; and sister, Betty Parrish.

Maggie was a very kind and loving woman who always put others before herself and never asked for anything in return. She greeted everyone with a big smile, and a warm hug.

She loved spending time with family, camping, crossword puzzles, and a good game of Canasta!

Maggie and Everette enjoyed many good times with family and friends at their camp in Summersville.

She also enjoyed attending church and attended Bible Baptist at Belva and Carbondale Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter and caretaker, Pamela Schoolcraft of Smithers, Ronnie Moore and wife Pat of East Bank, Gary Wayne Moore and partner Bill Briganti of Lewes, Delaware; daughter-in-law, Jane Moore of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jerome Wall, Chad Moore, Dwayne Moore, Melissa Sexton, Stacy Coleman, Kelly Schoolcraft and Christina Davis; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank the nurses and nursing assistants at Montgomery Rehab and Nursing for the excellent care they provided to Maggie, and the kindness and compassion they provided our family.

Service was held April 7 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Bill D. Nichols

Bill D. Nichols, 89, of Jodie, passed away on April 3, 2022, at home.

Born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Clay, he was the son of the late Green E. and Onie K. (Pritt) Nichols.

He was a retired truck driver.

Bill is survived by his wife, Frances G. Nichols; four daughters, Josephine Neal of Twenty Mile, Della Bird of Lizemores, Venice Nichols of Jodie and Billie Diane Nichols of Boomer; three sons, Billy R. Nichols of Alta, Bobby Nichols of Rich Creek and Ronald Nichols of Lizemores; six stepchildren, Becky Jones, Brenda Kinser, Zelma Sullivan from Jodie, Lisa Nichols of Rich Creek, Rachel Short of Twenty Mile and Vanessa Johnson of Lockwood; 59 grandchildren and 97 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was April 9 at Pennington Smith Funeral Home in Gauley Bridge, with Minister Joshua Putman officiating. Burial followed in the Holcomb – Nichols Cemetery on Holcomb Ridge Road in Adonijah.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Carolyn Sue Donnally Nichols

Carolyn Sue Donnally Nichols, better known as Susie by her family and friends, passed away on April 12, 2022, after a long illness.

She had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need.

She is preceded in death by her father, Daniel Donnally; mother, Betty Donnally; and brother, James Donnally.

She is survived by her brother, Daniel Donnally, and sister, Scarlet Balser; her daughter, Emily Donnally, and son, Calvin Cottrell. She has three grandchildren, Kristen Donnally, Alisyn Proctor and John Proctor. She also has eight great-grandchildren, Azhalee, Terrisyn, Kingston, Louelle, Zyon, Brianna (Bri Bri), Justin (JJ) and Ravyn (Ray Ray), whom she loved dearly. She also left behind her dog, Doobie, who she always called her “lil dog.”

You will be deeply missed and forever loved.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lola Jean Nichols

Lola Jean Nichols, 64, of Summersville, died April 7, 2022 in the Montgomery General Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Buddy and Gertie Holbrook Johnson and was born at Summersville Feb. 20, 1958.

She was a former cook.

Surviving: husband, Billy Ray Nichols; son, Buddy Nichols (Michele Deems) of Gauley Bridge; brothers, Billy Johnson and Clifford Johnson, both of Summersville, and Mark Johnson of Mt. Nebo; and sisters, Louise Foster and Karen Johnson, both of Summersville.

Her body will be cremated.

The Waters Funeral Chapel ( in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Jean “Jeannie” Hall Parsons

Elizabeth Jean “Jeannie” Hall Parsons passed away April 19, 2022, at home after a short illness.

She was born May 30, 1955, in Montgomery to the late Charles and Thelma Hall. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Parsons, and brother, Johnny Hall.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Surviving are her sons, Christopher Hall, Todd Hall (Crystal) and Ricky Parsons (Mary), all of Powellton; five grandchildren who were her pride and joys of life, Elliott Hall, Russell Hall, Dennis Hall, Hayley Parsons and Hannah Parsons; brother, Keith Hall of Powellton; and sister, Margaret Campbell of Montgomery.

Service was April 25 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

William Elmer Riffe

William Elmer Riffe, 79, of Quarrier, died on April 6, 2022.

Service was April 12 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ronald B. Rucker

Ronald B. Rucker, 83, of Ocseola, Indiana, passed away on April 21, 2022. He was from Pond Gap and was born March 6, 1939 to Hewey and Effie Rucker.

He married Geraldine L. Rucker on Aug. 19, 1967. They had five children, David Rucker (Betty) of Elkhart, Melissa McLeod (Bruce) of Elkhart, Cindy Schneider (Brian) of South Bend, stepdaughter Sherri Young and David Jones, like a son; grandchildren, Raquel Young (Jafar) of Charlotte, Tiffany Fox of Elkhart, Shawn Rucker (Shalyn) of Elkhart and Diamond Bowe (Austin) of Mishawaka; and six great-grandchildren, all of Elkhart.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine, and his son, Rodney.

Ronald was a coal miner for years, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His legacy will live on through everyone he touched. All that know him will remember the life and the selfless man who valued family above all else.

Services were April 26 at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Tony Rucker officiating. Burial followed the service at Ward Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Mildred Louise Smith

Mildred Louise Smith, 82, of Diamond, passed away April 11, 2022 surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Louise Wilkinson; sisters, Eva Balser and Mary Reedy; brother, James Wilkinson; ex-husband, Charles Gray Sr.; husband, Ralph Smith; son, Charles Gray Jr.; and granddaughter, Melissa Short.

Survived by her daughters, Deborah Johnston, Tammy (Jeff) Monk and Charlene Bailes; grandchildren, David Johnston, Nathan Monk, Austin Bailes and Blake (Danni) Bailes; great-grandchildren, Jasmine Short, Dakota Short and Skyyleigh Monk; sister, Rose Dalton; brothers, Carl (Carol) Wilkinson, Charles “Eddie” Wilkinson and George Wilkinson.

She was the best mother, mawmaw, sister and friend.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated and she will be placed in her mausoleum crypt at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Mary Frances Thomas Toler

Mary Frances Thomas Toler, 84, of Montgomery, died April 8, 2022.

She was born in Putney on Aug. 24, 1937, to the late Festa and Frances Layton Gay.

She was a loving mom to seven children.

She is survived by her children, Ronald, Karen, Kathy, Cheryl, Larry, Jerry and Bradley; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held April 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Robin Davis officiating the service.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Glenna Mae Hensley Tolliver

Glenna Mae Hensley Tolliver, 99, of Fayetteville, passed away at Oak Hill Place on April 20, 2022.

Born on Aug. 4, 1922 at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late John and Mamie Halsted Hensley.

Mrs. Tolliver was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church and attended Fayetteville Presbyterian Church where she attended Ladies Circle.

She was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School and a member of the Homemakers Club and the ANGEL Support Group.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, 5 days, and 4 hours, Lewis Vanny Tolliver, who passed on July 20, 1994.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories include her son, John C. “J.C.” Tolliver of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Jeanie B. Ayers of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, Michael Ayers of Indianapolis, Indiana, Meredith Ayers of Fayetteville and Jessica Dotson of Grundy, Virginia; and four great-grandchildren, Victoria Dotson, Derrick Dotson, Lucas Treadway and Kodah Treadway.

A visitation for Glenna was held April 22 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, followed by a graveside service at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorials in her name may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Those wishing to express their condolences or send flowers to Glenna Tolliver’s family, you may do so by visiting the website at

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

Rose Mary Walker

Rose Mary Walker, 79, of East Bank, went home to the Lord on March 29, 2022 at Montgomery General Hospital after a long illness.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Paul Mullins and Lollie Marie Mullins; sisters, Thelma Moles and Reba Starks; son, Benny “Bub” Maynor, and daughter-in-law, Patti Maynor; and son-in-law, Ronnie Hicks.

Surviving is her husband of 47 years, Randy Walker of East Bank; sons, Joey Maynor of Deepwater and Scott Maynor (Penelope) of Pax; daughters, Robbin Hicks of Campbells Creek and Pam O’Brien (Casey) of Glasgow; seven grandchildren, Lindsey Morris (Matt), Brittany Fraley (Jason), Jessica Richey (Chris), Ronnie Hicks (Megan), Christopher Maynor (Jennifer), Anna Marie Goodnight and Meghan O’Brien; 13 great-grandchildren, Khloe, Mallory, Landan, Jason Ross, Abby, Matthew, Jaxson, Alexis, Adalyn, Everly, Lincoln, Autumn and Daylin; siblings, Barbara Phipps (Karl) of Morristown, Tennessee, Alice Heath (Ron) of Sidney, Ohio, Curtis Mullins (Wanda) of Sanford, North Carolina and Laura Mullins of Rand; and a host of other family members and friends.

Rose grew up in Big Mountain at Cedar Grove and later in life got a job at Montgomery General Hospital as a respiratory therapist for most of her 33 years there, finishing as the operator you would meet at the front desk.

It was at MGH that she would meet her future husband, Randy, in 1974. They met in June 1974 and were married on Christmas 1974 in Montgomery.

They built their lives together, moving to East Bank, and later building their home there on Wiseman Street. They had many family holidays and gatherings there and numerous vacations.

One of her best memories was going to the Ward Church of God and being baptized in the Kanawha River behind their house in East Bank.

She loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren equally which gave her great Joy.

Special thanks to her caregivers, Kelly Haynes, Pam O’Brien and especially Brittanie Thomas.

Services were held April 2 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel in Cedar Grove, conducted by Dalton Hudnall Jr. Burial followed the service at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Condolences may be sent to the family via website

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Lawrence Edward Withrow Sr.

Lawrence Edward Withrow Sr., 80, of Montgomery, went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2022, surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Reba Withrow; father, Charles Withrow; brothers, Harold Withrow, Roger Withrow, Charles Withrow, Jerry Withrow and Larry Withrow; and wife, Margie Pettry Withrow.

He was retired from Pack Lumber Company and attended City of Hope Fellowship.

He was avid outdoorsmen and enjoyed gardening and feeding his pet squirrels.

He is survived by his sons, Lawrence Withrow Jr. (RaAnna) of Perry, Iowa, Tony Withrow of Montgomery, Tim Withrow (Rhoda) of Chelyan and Tina of Belle; brothers, Clarence Withrow of Ohio, Ronald Withrow of Hansford, Donald Withrow of Ohio and Darrell of Montgomery; sister, Ruthanne Suphtin of Ohio and Janet Hummerickhouse of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; multiple nieces, nephews, and friends; along with special daughter, Amy Starcher.

Service was at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, on April 13, with Rev. Gary Riley officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Lewis Cemetery, Kelly’s Creek.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Roger Dale Withrow

Roger Dale Withrow, 68, of Shrewsbury, passed away March 30, 2022 at CAMC Memorial Division.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; son, Chad Withrow; sisters, Norlena Bess and Becky Nelson; and four grandsons.

Services were April 4 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Danny Moore officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Memorial donations can be made to Cooke Funeral Home, PO Box C, Cedar Grove, WV 25039.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

David “C” Workman

David “C” Workman passed from this world April 3, 2022, leaving behind a legacy of love, life and hard work. 

Funeral services were held April 9 at Forest Hills Baptist Church, Monroe, North Carolina. Mr. Workman was laid to rest at Lakeland Memorial Park. 

David was born in Clay.

He built a life on the mantra “the only way out is through.” Never one to complain, he did all he could for his family. He sent three children to college, worked from front line to management, and loved all along the way. 

David loved Christ, gardening, home improvement, visiting friends and family, seeing new places, and learning every day. He was the rock upon which lives were built. He left a lasting impression with every life he touched. His quick-witted humor, kindness, and eagerness to help others will forever be treasured by those that knew him. 

His steady presence will be missed greatly. His family will carry his gracious existence along, knowing that where they go, he goes with them. He will be missed and loved forever. 

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 40 years, Robin; two sons, Brandon of Raleigh and Ryan of Charlotte; and daughter, Whitney of Raleigh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Bernice Workman; brother, Bradford Workman; sister, Charlotte Facemire; and brothers-in-law, Danny Sears, Dave Shrewsbury and Junior Facemire of West Virginia.

He is also survived by siblings, Randall (Ruth), Earnest (Trudy), Calvin (Kim), Tommy (Myahaulina), Daisy Shrewsbury and Sheila Sears of West Virginia and Neal of Monroe, North Carolina. Additionally, he is survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and extended family. 

Holland Funeral Service is serving the Workman family.

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