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James Mark Ashwell

James Mark Ashwell, 61, of Mt. Carbon, died on Nov. 5, 2020.

He was born in Montgomery on Nov. 17, 1958, son of the late Arnold L. and Peggy Goodyear Ashwell.

He was retired from CSX Railroad.

He is survived by his children, Tabitha Ashwell (Mark) of Chesapeake, Virginia, David (Katie) Ashwell of Newport, North Carolina, Brandon Ashwell of Mt. Carbon and Jamie Ashwell of Seven Lakes, North Carolina; brother, David Rhodes of Handley; and sister, Lisa Baisi of Charleston.

Service was Nov. 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. James R. Baldwin officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Alberta Carol Atha

Alberta Carol Atha, age 79, of Deep Water, died Nov. 20, 2020.

She was born Jan. 20, 1941 in Oak Hill, the daughter of the late William B. and Kathleen Dooley Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Atha Sr., and son, Matthew Atha.

She was associated with The Church of God of Prophecy.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and always was putting others before her.

She was a faithful child of God and loved reading her Bible, homemaking and gardening. It kept her mentally sharp and she so enjoyed her many relationships with fellow gamers. She had love for everyone.

Surviving: children, Bobby Atha Jr. (Leisa) of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Timothy Atha of Robson; grandchildren, Stacey (Robert) Colvin, Joshua Atha, Dakota Atha, Michelle Atha, Mega Atha and Isaiah, and 10 great-grandchildren; brother, W.T.F. Johnson of West Allis, Wisconsin; sister, Vera (Dallas) Durst of Springfield, Ohio; devoted niece, Beth Atha; friend, Ronnie McNabb; and three nieces and one nephew.

There will not be any service at this time. Her family is planning a celebration of her life for the family and it is suggested in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd.W., Charleston, WV 25312-2536.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gordon Edward Billheimer

Gordon Edward Billheimer, age 96, of Montgomery, died Nov. 5, 2020 in Powellton.

He practiced as an attorney and member of the West Virginia State Bar for over 60 years.

Known by friends as “Powerhouse,” Gordon was born June 14, 1924 in Stonewall Jackson’s former home in Lexington, Virginia to Ida Conner Billheimer and Ira Granville Billheimer.

In 1936 the family moved to Montgomery for work during the Great Depression.

In 1940, at age 15, Gordon graduated from Montgomery High School where he was a cheerleader. He attended West Virginia Institute of Technology until entering military service during World War II where, as a military policeman in the 8th Armored Division, he was engaged in European Theater combat actions, including the drive of the Moselle Saar Salient, crossing of the Rhine River and attack on the Ruhr Valley, clearing of the Hartz Mountains, and liberation of a portion of the Nazi Buchenwald concentration camp.

In 1945 Gordon attended the Biarritz American University, a university set up in Biarritz, France by the United States government for post-war GIs. In 1949 Gordon received his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law. In 1980 West Virginia Institute of Technology awarded Gordon a Board of Regents degree.

From 1950 to 1953, Gordon was a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1953 he returned to Montgomery to practice law where he became a noted litigator in criminal and civil cases, including groundbreaking public-school civil rights cases.

Gordon served for over 40 years as the secretary of the Fayette County Bar Association where his annual “reading of the minutes,” poking fun at the local bar and judiciary, became a legend.

Gordon was elected multiple times to the Fayette County Board of Education where he served two terms as president.

He served as president of the West Virginia School Boards Association and member of the State Board of Education.

Gordon was active in helping public service districts bringing water to rural and small-town residents in West Virginia.

He served on the board of directors of the Merchants National Bank for many years. Gordon served as the president of the Upper Kanawha Valley Chamber of Commerce three times and was named its 2006 Citizen of the Year.

He was a director for the West Virginia Tech Foundation and the WVU Tech Athletic Fund.

He was a member of the Montgomery Lions Club, Montgomery Rotary Club, and a member of the Coal Valley Masonic Lodge #74 AF&AM.

Gordon had a passion for local history, served as the chairman for the centennial of the Fayette County Courthouse in 1995, was a member of the Montgomery Historical Committee, and was named a History Hero by the West Virginia Archives & History Committee in 2016.

Gordon and his family built and maintained the park under the overpass of the Montgomery Bridge in Montgomery.

Gordon is survived by his two daughters, Betsy Atwater (Walt) of Boomer and Sara Horrocks (Lee) of Mt. Nebo; his son, Gordon Jr. (Meg) of Austin, Texas; and by grandchildren, James Ford (Anna), Jeremy Billheimer, Jessica Wagoner (Ben), Matthew Horrocks and Leanna Horrocks.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services are postponed until a time to be announced.

Memorial contributions can be made to the City of Montgomery Street light beautification project, 321 4th Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136, or Montgomery Public Library, 507 Ferry Street, Montgomery, WV 25136.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Larry Joe Bragg Sr.

Larry Joe Bragg Sr., 64, of Kimberly, died Nov. 20, 2020.

He was born to the late Grady and Della Kirk Bragg on March 4, 1952.

He is survived by his son, Larry Joe Bragg Jr.; companion, Karen Rogers; brothers, Fred Bragg of Kimberly and Brady Bragg Jr. (Bonnie) of Oak Hill; and six grandchildren.

Service was Nov. 25 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Greg Francis officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Robert Edward “Ace” Canterbury

Robert Edward “Ace” Canterbury, age 76, of Montgomery, formerly of Handley, passed away Nov. 13, 2020.

He was born to the late Carl and Ethel Spencer Canterbury. He also was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by sisters, Bonnie Harrison (Dennis) of Hampton, Virginia and Nancy Fox (Chuck) of Montgomery.

He was an Army veteran and a member of the VFW and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Montgomery.

Per his request there will be no service.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Joyce A. Cooper

Joyce A. Cooper died Nov. 4, 2020 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was born on April 15, 1941 in Frauquier County, Virginia, daughter of the late Claude and Nannie Dawson. Along with her parents, she was also predeceased by two children, Sharon Lundmark and Dana Lundmark.

She is survived by her children, Mark Wright, Annamarie Davis, Myron Lundmark Jr., Dwayne Lundmark, Kimberly Martin and Ashley Lundmark; special friend and family member, Marlene Middleton; brothers, Jack Dawson, Claude Dawson Jr., Kenneth Dawson, Thomas Dawson and Ronnie Dawson; and grandkids, Nikki, Jessie, Mark, Jillian, Amie, Frank, Jordan, Nick, Cameron, Chris, Matt, Holly and Justin.

Service was Nov. 10 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Helen Jean Domingo

Helen Jean Domingo, 80, of Charleston, formerly of Boomer, died Oct. 28, 2020 at home in the presence of family.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She worked for C&P Telephone in Montgomery before transferring to Charleston and working another 17 years for Verizon.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, William Ernest “Jim” and Helen Jordan Beaver.

Surviving: her husband of 59 years, Paul F. Domingo Sr.; children, Frank and Donna of Boomer and Anthony and Janet of Charleston; grandchildren, Garth Domingo, Brittany Domingo, Sammi Robbins and Scott Hannigan and Madison and Chris Tucker; great-grandchildren, Rayne, Dani, Branson and Kasyn; sister, Pat and Lew Gordon of California, and sister-in-law, Rosalee and Sherman Bobbitt of Georgia; many nieces, nephews and also several godchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, no flowers are needed; please make a donation to a local food pantry or local animal shelter in her honor.

Graveside services were held Oct. 31 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow with Fr. Leon Alexander officiating. Burial followed in the memorial garden.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Paul Franklin Domingo Sr.

Paul Franklin Domingo Sr., of Charleston, formerly of Boomer, died Oct. 31, 2020 at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Paul spent most of his career in the coal trucking and logging businesses.

Paul was a member of St Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church, where he was a member of Knights of Columbus.

He was a former member of the Boomer Fire Department, Boomer Lions Club and was a Boy Scout Master.

He was an Air Force Veteran and spent time in Greenland.

Paul was a hard worker and would help anyone in need – even a complete stranger. He had a very kind, gentle and generous heart. Paul always saw good in everyone.

Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Jean Beaver Domingo, who left his side three days prior to Paul’s passing; and his parents, Ysauro and Frances Baker Domingo.

Surviving: children, Frank and Donna of Boomer and Anthony and Janet of Charleston; grandchildren, Garth Domingo, Brittany Domingo, Sammi Robbins and Scott Hannigan and Madison and Chris Tucker; great-grandchildren, Rayne, Dani, Branson and Kasyn; sister, Rosalee and Sherman Bobbitt of Georgia; sister-in-law, Pat and Lew Gordon of California; aunts, Deloros Baker of Smithers and Delores Baker of Charleston; and many nephews, nieces and godchildren.

Please make a donation in his honor to the North Fayette Food Pantry, PO Box 161, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085 or a local animal shelter.

An outside service was held Nov. 6 in the veterans’ section of Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow with the Rev. Fr. Leon Alexander officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Deloris “Charlotte” Facemire

Deloris “Charlotte” Facemire, of Dixie, born Dec.r 25, 1951, entered into rest on Nov. 21, 2020.

She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Bernice Workman. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Owen “Junior” Facemire; brother, Bradford Workman; and daughter, Cathy Smith. 

She is survived by her children, John (Tammy) Facemire of Wyoming, Arron Facemire of Dixie, Randy Facemire of Craigsville, Jerry Facemire of Florida, Carla (Brad) Facemire of Charlton Heights and Jeannie Kieffer of Ohio; brothers, Randell Workman, Tommy Workman, Earnest Workman, Calvin Workman, Neal Workman and David Workman; sisters, Shelia Sears and Daisy Shrewsbury; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and grand fur-baby, Chance. 

Charlotte was a homemaker, loved by her family and was a great cook. She loved to joke and cut up with an infectious laugh. She enjoyed coloring and crafts. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved her grandbabies.

Charlotte was a member of Ida Baptist Church and the Gauneka Ruritan Club.   

The funeral service was held Nov. 24 at Ida Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Long officiating. Burial followed at Ramsey Cemetery in Clay. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.penningtonfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Terry Lee Fair

Terry Lee Fair, known as “Chester Cheeto,” of Smithers, passed away on Oct. 23, 2020 at home after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Justina Fair; and brothers, Harold, Mark and Robert Fair.

Terry worked for Empowerment Custodian and the Tax Department in Charleston for 12 years. He loved his fellow employees and his cook.

Terry was a loving son, father and brother.

He is survived by his sons, Jonathan Boggs Fair and Terry Lee Fair Jr.; grandchildren, Jonathan James, Kingston Reed and Harmony Jade; sister, Rosemary Fair; brothers, William, Lyndon, Earl and James Fair; niece, Amanda Linville Fair; and many other nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends, followed by a memorial service, was held Nov. 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

William Franklin “Frank” Fleming

William Franklin “Frank” Fleming, of Gallagher, passed away Oct. 30, 2020 at the age of 56 in Hospice Care at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

He was born June 30, 1964 to George Allen “Pete” Fleming Sr. and Janie Elene “Sue” Fleming.

Frank retired from the City of Charleston Street Department in January 2020. He was a heavy equipment operator.

Frank was a 1982 graduate of East Bank High School.

He loved the Lord and prayed that we all be together one day.

Frank loved to laugh and play little jokes on people the way his dad Pete did. One of the things he loved most was hunting and fishing with his son, Cody, and loving his little granddaughter, Kynieigh Abigail. He loved his dog Jake too. 

He was preceded in death by his father, George “Pete” Fleming; his brother, George Allen Fleming Jr.; grandparents, William and Daisy Cunningham; step-grandmother, Elsie Cunningham; and grandparents, Fisher and Sally Fleming.

Frank was a loving son, father, and grandfather. We will all miss him so much.

He is survived by his mother, Janie Sue Fleming; son, William Cody Fleming; granddaughter, Kynieigh Abigail Fleming; fiancée, Leslie Kelly, who has been a blessing to us; and great-aunt, Helen Ripptoe.

Memorial gifts can be made to the First Baptist Church of Standard, Gallagher, WV 25083 or CAMC Memorial Hospice Care, Charleston, WV.

By Frank’s request, he will be cremated and there will be no service. 

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ruth Jeannene Halstead Francis

Ruth Jeannene Halstead Francis, 89, peacefully passed away on Nov. 21, 2020 at Brookdale Charleston Gardens following a long illness.

She was a graduate of DuPont High School, worked for the former C&P Telephone Company where she remained gainfully employed until retirement, volunteered at the Ronald MacDonald House where she became an executive secretary, and loved to play golf when she wasn’t working or volunteering.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Vincent; and parents, Hersel and Ruth Nelson Halstead.

Surviving are her brothers, James Ray (Marcia) Halstead of Charleston and Wayne D. (Donna) Halstead of Summersville; sisters, Glenda S. Cooper of Columbus, Ohio and Nadine (Jim) Smith of Elkview; four nephews; two nieces; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

The family suggests contributions be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. Charleston, WV 25387 or Ronald Macdonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia, 910 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Brookdale Charleston Gardens Memory Care Unit for their kindness and compassionate care.

Graveside funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with Pastor Larry Walker officiating. 

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

Steven B. Griffith

Steven Bruce Griffith, 36, of Wardensville, formerly of Cannelton, died Nov. 17, 2020 at his home. 
Steven was born on April 17, 1984 in Montgomery, a son of the late Steven T. Griffith and Jane Ann Reidler Hively.

Steven worked for American Woodmark in Moorefield.

He was a 2003 graduate of Valley High School in Fayette County and a former member of the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department.

Steven enjoyed hunting, fishing and WVU Mountaineers football. 
Surviving are his two children, Landan and Riley Griffith of Cannelton; a special aunt and uncle, Tammy and Daran Helmick of Wardensville; and several uncles, aunts and many cousins. 
All arrangements are being privately held. 
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Steven to the Wardensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 2, Wardensville, WV 26851.

To view Steven's tribute wall, please visit www.loygiffin.com.

Mary Magdalene Heater

Mary Magdalene Heater, 90, of Hilldale, formerly of Boomer, died Nov. 3, 2020 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.

Born April 20, 1930 in Burnwell, she was the daughter of the late Everette Wayne and Mamie Kirk Kelly.

Ms. Heater was a homemaker and was a member of the Paint Creek Church of God. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family and loved Bingo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Dale Kelly; one son, Everette Kelly; a stepson, Russell Heater; two stepdaughters, Elaine Heater Roberts and Sandra Evans; one brother, Bobby Massey; four sisters, Louise Daniels, Doris Hernandez, Ginny Hicks and Lynda McClung; and two sons-in-law, Mark Munsey and David Pritt.

Survivors include one son, Bobby Heater of Alderson; three daughters, Linda Ellison Curtis of Alderson, Patricia Munsey of Powellton and Connie Pritt of Alderson; one stepson, Larry Heater of Richmond, Virginia; five grandchildren, Brittany and Travis Munsey, Josh Kelly and Tyler Duncan and Angie Kelly Duncan; two great-grandchildren, Skylar Snodgrass and Colton Kelly. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

At her request, cremation services have been provided by Pivont Funeral Home and a memorial will be announced soon with interment in London Memorial Park at Montgomery.

The family wishes to thank Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale for the wonderful care shown to Ms. Heater.

Online condolences may be sent at www.pivontfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Anna Geraldine Hudnall

Anna Geraldine Hudnall, 85, of Cannelton, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 29, 2020.

She was born on July 24, 1935 in Marting, daughter of the late Hobert and Tressa (Starcher) Dunlap.

Anna was a graduate from Montgomery High School in 1953. She later retired after 35 years of service with AT&T and was a member of the CWA Local Union 2001 and Telephone Pioneers of America.

She is survived by two great-nephews, Phillip Jarrett (Erika Myers) of Cannelton and Tracy Jarrett (Angel Jarrett) of Pikeville, Kentucky; along with a great-great-niece, Maci Jarrett, and a great-great-nephew, Kayden Myers, both of Cannelton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John Edward Hudnall Jr.; two sisters, Eva Jean Holdren and Genevieve Parker; and two nieces, Anna Jean Jarrett and Jennifer Lynn Holdren.

A celebration of her life was held at Montgomery Memorial Park in London on Nov. 4.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Patricia Ann Legg

Patricia Ann Legg, age 89, of Montgomery, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 29, 2020.

She was born in Fayette County on May 14, 1931, the daughter of Phyllis Lee Skaggs.

She is survived by several cousins.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Montgomery Rehab and Nursing and the 3rd floor staff and staff of the ICU at Thomas Memorial Hospital. 

A graveside service, followed by burial, was held Nov. 3 in Montgomery Memorial Park, London, with Pastor Thomas Skaggs officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Carolyn Sue McCune

Carolyn Sue McCune, 84, of Standard, died Nov. 14, 2020 at home.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1936 near Denton, Kentucky.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gordon McCune; daughter, Cynthia and husband Dwayne of Amma; son, Michael of Manson, North Carolina; son, John and wife Andrea of Standard; grandsons, Jason Mayse of Marmet and Konnor McCune of Wilmington, North Carolina; granddaughters, Jennifer Hudnall of Morganton, North Carolina, Katherine St. Clair of Daniels, Emily Simpson of Portland, Oregon and Greenlee McCune and Karlee McCune of Standard; great-grandsons, Jaxon, Kingston and Kane Mayse; great-granddaughter, Meadow St. Clair; brother, Larry Tincher of Hansford; and sisters, Debbie King of War and Teresa Snodgrass of Standard.

She was preceded in death by her son, Steven; her parents, Ed and Gladys Kitchen and Everett and Madge Tincher; sister, Janice Hughes; and brother, Gary Tincher.

She was a graduate of East Bank High School and West Virginia Institute of Technology and retired from the Vining Library at WV Tech with over 20 years of service.

She was a lifelong resident of Paint Creek.

There will be no visitation or funeral. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Hubert Zane “Quick Draw” O’Dell

Hubert Zane “Quick Draw” O’Dell was born in Gallagher and a resident of Smithers since the age of eight, son of the late George William and Molly Potter O’Dell, died Nov. 10, 2020 at Bowers Hospice House at Beckley.

He was an Army veteran, serving in Germany, and he was retired from Elkem Metals at Alloy with 47 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Doris Garrison Pritt O’Dell; son, George Russell (Joyce Ann) of Inverness, Florida and Nancy Ann DiVita (Gary Wayne) of Hansford.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Gary Keith.

Additional survivors include grandson, Keith Russell of Florida; granddaughters, Lisa DiVita Sparkman (Mikey), Stephanie Buchanan (Buck) and Lori; grandson, John; great-grandchilden, Lauren and Christopher Buchanan, Katie Sparkman and Brody and Branden O’Dell; and many nieces and nephews.

The last of his generation, he was preceded in death by brothers, infant Jerry, Jim Bill, George, Kenneth and Bob; and sisters, Nellie O’Dell, Janet Clonch, Belva Collins Selph and June Clonch.

Per his request there will not be any service or visitation.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Pamela Sue Parker

Pamela Sue Parker, age 60, of Powellton, died Nov. 12, 2020.

She was born Sept. 11, 1960 at Charleston, and was the daughter of the late Franklin R. and Loretta Faye Ferrell Laake. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Parker; daughter, Candice Parker; son, Keith Parker; and sister, Vickie Adkins.

She was former manager of McDonald’s at Smithers and a member of Kimberly Church of God and she was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Surviving: children, Amanda Prince (Shannon) of Fayetteville and Matthew Parker of Powellton; niece, Candy Foster of Powellton; brother, Randy Laake (Diane) of Seth; sisters, Debbie Laake of New Port Richey, Florida and Diana Deal-Andrews (Chris) of Manassas, Virginia; grandchildren, Alyssa Dawn Stewart, Ashton Brooke Price and Colton Auburn Prince.

Graveside service was Nov. 16 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow with Pastor Dana Jones officiating. Burial followed in the memorial garden.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gary L. Pell Sr.

Gary L. Pell Sr., 76, of Montgomery, died Nov. 6, 2020.

At this time there will be no public services.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gregory Allen Roat

Gregory Allen Roat, known as “Sweet Daddy,” 61, of Cannelton, passed away peacefully Oct. 29, 2020 with his family by his side. 

He was born on Jan. 7, 1959 in Montgomery, son of the late Louis and Gloria Roat. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Michael Roat. 

He spent most of his adult life doing masonry.

He loved camping, hunting, fishing and being a “PawPaw.” He always had a pocket filled with candy and all the kids knew it.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Lynn Roat; children, Sarah (Aaron) Sargent of Montgomery, Brittany Roat, Jessica (TJ) Roat and Christopher Paul Roat of Cannelton; grandchildren, Paisley Kay Sargent and Rose Marie Parker; siblings, Shannon (Wanda) Roat, Tommy (Marcie) Roat and Beverly (Dennis) Pritt, all of Cannelton; along with many nieces and nephews.

Service was Nov. 4 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Anthony Moss officiating. Burial followed at Montgomery Memorial Park in London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lloyd Dale Thomas

Lloyd Dale Thomas, 78, of Angier, North Carolina, passed away after a long battle with COPD, on Nov. 3, 2020 at WakeMed Medical Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. He died peacefully in his sleep. His son and both daughters were with him through his final hours, and his wife was by his side, just where she'd been for one month shy of 55 years.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Arvil F. Thomas and Gertrude (Bennett) Thomas, and four brothers, Robert, Paul, Gerald and James Thomas.

He is survived by his wife, Harry Etta (Jacobs) Thomas; brothers, William Thomas and Daniel Thomas and his wife, Janice; his son, Kenneth Dale Thomas and his wife, Vicki; his daughter, Jennifer Dawn (Thomas) Dodson and her husband, Don; his daughter, Mary Beth (Thomas) May and her husband, Scott West; six grandchildren, William Shuck and his wife, Elizabeth, John Wesley Kauff, Marshall Dale Thomas, Andrew Dale May, Allyson Brooke May and Lindsay Dawn May; one great-grandchild, John Wesley Kauff Jr.; and a big dumb dog named Luke he called “Guthead.”

He was a devout and faithful Christian and a member of Kennebec Baptist Church in Angier, North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, an avid outdoorsman who especially loved trout fishing and deer hunting, and a proud son of the West Virginia mountains where he was born and raised.

Dale grew up in a musical family, playing guitar and piano, and he played and sang with several gospel groups that performed in churches all over West Virginia.

He worked as an equipment operator, maintenance man and heavy equipment mechanic, but he was best known for his skill as a welder. Men who worked with him often said “Put a welding rod in his hand and Dale Thomas could mend a broken heart, and he was working on the crack of dawn.”

Dale Thomas was a good man and he lived a good life. He was unfailingly kind and decent, funny and warm. He made friends with everyone he met. He loved dogs, and the feeling was mutual, probably because he was notorious for sneaking them food under the table. He loved jokes and pranks, loved telling stories almost as much as he loved hearing them, and he loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was convinced that the remote-controlled wireless fart machine was the greatest invention of the modern age. He was the kind of guy who always wanted someone else to catch the most fish, get the biggest deer, or have the best game of golf, because he loved seeing them happy.

Most of all he loved his wife, his savior, his brothers, his friends, his son and daughters, and his grandchildren with fierce devotion, compassion, and support that never wavered.

And they loved him back. And they will miss him very much.

A graveside service was held at the Rich Creek Cemetery in Jodie on Nov. 7.

The family has asked those so inclined to make a donation to the American Lung Association at www.lung.org.

Robert M. “Moe” Wagner

We mourn the loss of Robert M. Wagner “Moe,” of Jodie, born Oct. 12, 1947, entered into rest Oct. 28, 2020.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, David and Edna Zackery Wagner; and brothers, Roger, David, Dale, Rick, Kenneth and Greg Wagner.

Robert is survived by his wife of 20 years, Katherine Wagner; daughters, Angie Wagner of Charleston and Christy Ramsey (John) of Paintsville, Kentucky; son, Jay Boles of Boomer; brother, Mike Wagner (Tawee) of California; sisters, Frances Dotson of North Carolina and Sue Mack (Mel) of Pennsylvania, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of friends.

Robert loved to hunt and fish with his grandsons and two best friends, John Groves of Pratt and Tuffy McGraw of Jodie.

Robert’s life will be celebrated at a later date and time. The Wagner family would like to thank O’Dell Funeral Home for taking care of the arrangements.

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

Mark L. Wilson

Mark L. Wilson, 55, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 7, 2020 from a sudden massive heart attack.

Mark was born on Oct 18, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Preston and June Vandall; and cousin, Jill Divita.

Mark was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend, the love of his life, Kim Rose Wilson.

Mark was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ in Kanawha City. Mark loved the Lord, loved attending church, and reading his Bible. He enjoyed reading, drawing, fishing, and training his dogs, Willa and Jasper.

He is survived by his wife, Kim of Chelyan; daughter, Hannah of Chelyan; daughter, Victoria of New Jersey; sons, Matthew and Sean of New Jersey; bonus son, Brandon of Florida; mother and father, Cheryl and Steve of Indiana; father Frank and stepmom Debra of Tennessee; grandmother, Pearl Wilson of Texas; sisters, Stephanie and Amy (Drew) of Indiana and Carrie and Jennifer of Tennessee; brothers, Andrew of Indiana, Aaron of Connecticut and Jeffrey of Tennessee; nephew, Jacob of Indiana; as well as many more nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, and a host of family and friends.

Service was held Nov. 11 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Paul Rose officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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