Samuel Wallace Angel

Samuel Wallace Angel of Mount Carbon died June 26, 2019 after a prolonged illness.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1929 at Ravenscroft, Tennessee, the son of the late Joe and Callie Angel.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and he was a lifelong member of the Carbondale Baptist Church where he served many years as Sunday school superintendent, deacon, and trustee. Sam loved the Lord Jesus Christ and he loved to read and study the Bible and pray with his Savior.

Samuel was a drill sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and proudly served during the Korean Conflict.

Sam was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Cathryn Angel.

He is survived by daughters, Karen Angel and Montica Clark and her husband, Perry, all of Mount Carbon; grandsons, Thomas (second wife Abbie) of Dunbar and Jonathan, and very special friend Leslie White of Kanawha City, along with several nieces and nephews.

Service was June 28 at Carbondale Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Floyd and Rev. Ron Eagle officiating. Burial with military honors took place at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Dale Garth Bailey

Dale Garth Bailey, age 93, of Glasgow, died June 15, 2019.

He was born June 6, 1926 at Pinoak, the son of the late Leslie and Leafie Walker Bailey. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Bailey.

He was a member of the Glasgow United Methodist Church.

He was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School where he played quarterback on the football team and he retired in 1992 with over 35 years of service from Cummins Engine.

Dale served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Surviving: wife Glendeen Bailey; sister, Banna Lou Bevins (Jim) of Grundy, Virginia; children, Terry Bailey (Nancy) of Charlton Heights, Jimmy Bailey of Manassas, Virginia, and Cathy Tafazzoli (Massoud) and Sue Perreira (Randy) of Honolulu, Hawaii; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. 

Service was June 19 at Glasgow United Methodist Church with Pastor John Massey officiating. Entombment followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow, with military honors.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. 

Norma Lee Fields

Norma Lee Fields, age 62, of Pratt, died June 13, 2019.

She was born Dec. 8, 1956 at Crown Hill, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Lorraine Hudnall Atkinson. 

She was a former nurse at Montgomery General Hospital Extended Care Unit and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving: husband, Gary Fields; children, Teresa Fields of Montgomery, Joshua Atkinson of Timberville, Virginia, Sara Epperley of Elkview and John Fields at Pratt; sister, Pam Macleery of East Bank; grandchildren, Destiny, Eily and Brianna.

A celebration of Norma’s life was held June 18 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Dr. Karen LaRoe


Dr. Karen LaRoe passed away on June 15, 2019.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1944, in her grandparents’ four-room farmhouse on Buck Creek, in Lawrence County, Ohio. Karen grew up as the cherished child and valued farmhand of Hershell and Ann Roach on their dairy farm just a half-mile down the road.

Widowed at 23, with two young children and a high school diploma, Karen went on to earn a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. After serving at the Ohio State University, Fitchburg State University, and Montana State University Northern, Karen was appointed president of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, just 90 miles from her parents’ farm.

There, together with faculty, staff, and students, she led Tech to significant national recognition for academic rigor and value. She was a leader with a kind heart, an open and curious mind, enthusiastic optimism, and endless energy. Her guiding principle was, “A college is a place where we come together to debate one another’s ideas with love and respect.” May we all follow her lead.

Karen retired with her husband to homes in St. Regis, Montana and Venice, Florida, where they enjoyed the frequent visits of family and friends for many years.

Karen is survived by her children, Joseph West, Lee Ann West and Steven LaRoe; her grandchildren, Amanda West and Joey West; her sister, Rena Snouffer; her brother, Keith Roach; an enormous extended family; and her husband, Lin Williams.

Services will be held at the Trinity Baptist Church, a church her family and friends built, near Aid, Ohio, on June 29 at 2 p.m. Karen will be interred near her parents in the cemetery in Aid.

Arrangements were handled by the Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton, where visitation was held June 28.

Karen would tell you that she lived a wonderful life. Her childhood was nurturing and rich in the Appalachian traditions of family and community. Her adult life was full with the love of her family, her many treasured friends, her travels around the world, and her amazing career.

Karen’s life passion was for the uplifting power of education. Her life story is the embodiment of that truth.

Roland Stuart Morris Sr.

Roland Stuart Morris Sr., 78, of Lizemores, entered into rest June 10, 2019. 

Born July 14, 1940 in Lizemores, he was the son of the late Elmer and Stella (Withrow) Morris. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Mae Morris. 

Roland is survived by his daughter, Lisa Tassitino; sons, Roland Jr. (Tammy) Morris, Curtis (Vicky) Morris and Roger (Tina) Morris; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Forrest Morris; and sister, Viola Morton. 

He was a retired master electrician and a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

Funeral service was held June 15 at Bell Creek Baptist Church, Dixie, with Pastor Shane Wynn officiating. Burial was in E.B. Morris Cemetery, Lizemores.

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

Arrangements by Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Donald Eugene “Hooker” Ramsey Jr.

Donald Eugene “Hooker” Ramsey Jr., age 51, of Kimberly, passed from this life on June 6, 2019 at home from cardiovascular disease.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sherri Markle-Ramsey; daughters, Destiney Ramsey (Bob Foster), Shani Berry (Shaq) and Nicole and Devin McCallister; granddaughters, Layla Foster (Buckethead), Aubraya Foster; parents, Gene Ramsey and Rhonda and Arden McCourt; many aunts, uncles, cousins and many many special friends.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Brittney Ramsey; sister, Valerie Ramsey; paternal grandparents, Madeline Kincaid and Bert Everett Ramsey; and maternal grandparents, Strossie Brown and Euel Jeffrey.

Service was June 11 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Allen Legg officiating. Burial followed in Clay Memorial Gardens, Clay.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. 

Jonathan David Sheets

Jonathan David Sheets, age 54, of Quincy, died June 13, 2019.

He was born April 17, 1965 at Ripley, the son of Mildred Hill and the late Michael Leslie Sheets. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Sheets Jr.

Surviving: wife, Anita Sheets; children, David Sheets Thomas (Lakin), Jason Miller, Angie Allen (Brian), Paige Smith Poff (Jamie), Cassandra Miller (James) and Kristen Ford (Ryan); stepdaughters, Heather Craigo (Richard) and Alishia Ramsey (Charles); sisters, Adeline Sheets, Carolyn “Sue” Foster (Ronnie) and Sarah Pennington (Wesley); brother, Leonard Sheets (Robin); 20 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Service was June 17 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Tony Rumberge officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Dawes.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Roscoe Sizemore

Roscoe Sizemore, 93, of Gauley Bridge, passed away June 24, 2019 at Fayette Continuous Care Nursing Home.

Roscoe retired from the C&O Railroad after 42 years of service. After his retirement he enjoyed working in his garden and keeping busy hunting, fishing and with activities around his home.

Born Oct. 2, 1925, he was the eldest son of Grant and Lura (Ward) Sizemore. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilsie (Hicks) Sizemore; brother, Carl Sizemore; and son-in-law, Gary Thomas.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children, Terry (Frances) Sizemore of Fayetteville, Sandy Thomas of Gauley Bridge, and Teddy (Mary) Sizemore of North Carolina; grandchildren, Stephanie (Roy) Thomas, Jason (Staci) Thomas, Josh (Katy) Sizemore, Shawn Sizemore and Laura Sizemore; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ella, Jaxon and Benjamin Roscoe; and two sisters, Madeline Blake and Thelma Thomas, both of Gauley Bridge.

Funeral service was June 27 at Gauley Bridge United Methodist Church, Gauley Bridge with Pastor Bill Kincaid officiating.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to Gauley Bridge United Methodist Church, PO Box 329, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085 or Fayette County Emergency Food Center, 2582 Court Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at www.penningtonfuneral.com.
Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Arlie Darren Smith

Arlie Darren Smith, 50, of Deepwater, passed away on June 9, 2019 at CAMC Memorial after a long 8-year battle with colon cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Montgomery, sone of Arlie Franklin and Mary Geraldine Smith. Arlie Franklin’s parents were Artie and Nettie Smith and Geraldine’s parents were Lonnie and Naomi McMillion. He was preceded in death by his parents and both sets of grandparents.

He received his bachelors degree in civil engineering at West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery. He was employed by Contura Energy in Mammoth for 14 years.

Before receiving his college education, he was a coal truck driver and his CB radio name was “Gouger.”

He was a proud member of the Kimberly Church of God of where he was a deacon.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 29 years, Teresa, and their three daughters, Megan Smith of Deepwater, Brittany Cottrell and husband Nicholas Cottrell of Kimberly and Makayla Smith of Deepwater; his brother, Frankie and wife Susan Smith of Cannelton, and their daughter and granddaughter, Acacia and Izzie Mae Cottrell of Cannelton; his sister, Lisa and her husband, Jack Querry, of Deepwater; sister-in-law, Debra Kerr of Deepwater; and brother-in-law and his wife, James and Karen Moore of Cross Lanes. He also leaves behind several aunts and uncles and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his faithful canine companion, Luna Bear.

The funeral service was June 15 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Jeff Floyd presiding. His finally resting place was at Jack Point Cemetery in Servia.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. 

Thomas Olen Smith Jr.

Thomas Olen Smith Jr., age 68, of Charlton Heights, died June 14, 2019.

He was born Sept. 29, 1950 in Fayette County, son of the late Olen and Maude Midcalf Smith. 

He was a retired miner from Appalachian Fuel Coal Company at Boomer and a former employee of Elkem Metals at Alloy.

He was also a member of the Fayetteville Masonic Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and a member of the Beni Kedem Shrine.

Surviving: wife, Wanda Smith; stepchildren, Michelle Miller of Kimberly and Jessica Miller of Charleston; and grandchildren, J.J. and Cienna.

Service was June 19 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Larry Skaggs officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. 

William B. Stewart

William B. Stewart of Hugheston passed away June 7, 2019 after an extended illness with his loving family with him.

He was born July 17, 1947, the oldest son of the late Sam and Anice Gay Stewart. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and Sammy, and sister, Karen.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Nancy Stewart; daughter, Lynette, and her companion, Chris; sister, Susie (Billy) Gould; and two sisters-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews.

Buddy never met a stranger and he always had a gift of gab. He loved his Honda motorcycle and red Chevy truck. He was always willing to help anyone who needed his help and assistance.

He was retired from Walker Machinery with 43 years of service.

Buddy was a 1965 graduate of Cedar Grove High School and he looked forward every year to deer season and hunting in Pocahantas County for years until health reasons forbid it.

Buddy attended the Indy 500 for 25 years and he was also a Nascar fan. Reading was his passion and he also was a history buff.

Buddy was a member of Fayetteville Lodge #57 AF&AM and member of the Scottish Rite Bodies.

For years, Buddy played Santa Claus up and down Hughes Creek for anyone who called and asked him. He gave boxes of chocolate-covered cherries to all the elderly ladies.

Buddy will truly be missed daily by his family and his Labrador, Baby Hershey. He was also preceded in this journey by his yorkies, Chippie and Gertie, who was his bed buddy while he endured this long illness.

Service was June 10 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Brenda Mae Stone

Brenda Mae Stone, age 74, of Indore, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2019, during the afternoon, in Montgomery, after a short illness. She was surrounded by family.

Brenda was born on April 19, 1945, daughter of the late Delbert Winfield and Mary Marie Gray of Lizemores. 

She was a homemaker and graduate of Clay County High School.

Her greatest joy was her family and she dearly loved to laugh. 

On Nov. 22, 1963, Brenda married her high school sweetheart, Tyrus Hartzel Stone Jr., who survives. She is the beloved mother of Belinda Diana Gray of Alloy and Gretchen Mae Wittenmeyer-Stone (David) of Marshall, Indiana. Also surviving are grandchildren, Colton Brent Gray and Henry M. Martin-Stone; brother, Dennis Ray Gray; sisters-in-law, Doris Neal of Indore and Josephine Theriault of Massachusetts; and many extended family members. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tanya Stone, and infant son, Heath Stone; sister, Carolyn Norris of Indiana; and brother, Delbert Winfield Gray Jr. of Illinois. 

A private graveside service was held at Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. 

Sharon Syner

Sharon Syner, 75, of Powellton, went to her eternal home on June 8, 2019, after a long illness.

She was born Oct. 26, 1943, the daughter of the late Ray and Irene Holcomb Parsons. She also was preceded in death by her husband, John Syner, and her siblings, Carol Sue Shields, Lorena “Katie” Young, Gary Parsons and Judy Nicholas.

She was a retired minister’s wife in the Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee.

She worked as a CNA and LPN after raising her four children.

Surviving are her children, Thomas Syner and wife Gina of Grove Port, Ohio, Teresa Syner Peal and husband John of Montgomery, John “Sam” Syner and wife Shawndale of Kimberly and Angela Wills and husband Scott of Smithers; sisters, Sybil Taylor of Robson and Barbara Davis of Powellton; sister-in-law, Sandra Parsons of Powellton; eight grandchildren; one grandson-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service was held June 12 at City of Hope Fellowship, Belle.

Joyce Elaine Taylor

Joyce Taylor, age 84, of Smithers, died June 9, 2019 at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

Joyce was born Aug. 9, 1934 at Beury Mountain, Fayette County, the eldest daughter of the late Forest and Maxine Frame Worstell of Oak Hill.

She was a graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill.

She graduated from Laird Memorial School of Nursing in 1956 and had a Board of Regents degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery.

Joyce was a registered nurse and worked at Laird Memorial Hospital and Montgomery General for 30 years. She was director of nurses/nursing administrator for 25 years.

She was a member of the Boomer Baptist Church, a 50-year member of Kanawha Chapter #38, OES in Montgomery, and a member of the Laird Memorial Nurses Alumni. She was a former member of the Montgomery Women’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, John Albert Taylor II; her son, John Albert Taylor III; her parents, Forest and Maxine Worstell; a sister, Sheryl Blevins Worstell; and a nephew, Billie Forest Blevins.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Bethany Brannon Taylor, and one very special grandson, John Albert Taylor IV (J.T.) of DuPont City; her nephew’s wife, Susan Blevins; and a special niece, Savannah Blevins of Oak Hill.

There was no formal service, but a committal service was held following visitation at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, on June 13 at Montgomery Memorial Park with Pastor Jim Dempsey officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boomer Baptist Church, 1 Church Street, Boomer, WV 25031.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Joseph Martin Tuholsky Jr.

Joseph Martin Tuholsky Jr., 80, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, formerly of Lochgelly, passed away on March 6, 2019 at IRMC after a short illness.

Born in Peckville, Pennsylvania, he later moved to Kentucky where he was graduated from Murray State University. His teaching and consulting career of 42 years spanned Alleghany High School in Covington, Virginia; Dabney-Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia; West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVUIT) in Montgomery, and law firms in multiple states. Professor Tuholsky also taught in his retirement for Southern Illinois University.

As a lifelong avid sports fan, he coached youth baseball and basketball teams, instituted the recreation department in Oak Hill in the 1980s, wrote a sports column for The Fayette Tribune and coached men’s soccer at WVIT in 1981 and 1982.

Joe participated in the Senior Olympics in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia, winning medals in various disciplines and previously played baseball for Hartman-Graziano in the Latrobe/Derry Old Timer League, 55+ Division.

Joe was raised in the Polish National Catholic faith and later attended Episcopal and Lutheran churches. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Homer City, Pennsylvania.

Joe’s hobbies included cracking jokes, fabricating fishing lures, fishing, golfing, sports statistics, target shooting and woodworking.

Joe is survived by his wife, Sue, of 59 years; son, Mark (Beverly) Tuholsky of Joppa, Maryland; daughters, Jenny Minnick (Ronnie) of Fall Branch, Tennessee and Amy Pesci (Lou) of Indiana, Pennsylvania. Grandchildren include Megan and Louie Pesci, Christine Rodgers and Ashley Schwandt. Great-grandchildren are Maddex Rodgers and Lucas Schwandt. Joe’s siblings include Ray Tuholsky Sr. (Evonne) of Avon, Minnesota and Chris Hartung (Bill) of Bellbrook, Ohio. He is also survived by sister-in-law Jannie Washburn (Roy) and brother-in-law Bill Fletcher (Doris), all of Benton, Kentucky. His closest cousins included, Barbara, Donna, Joe, Ronnie, Teresa and Wanda, plus many nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Joseph Tuholsky Sr. and Regina Tuholsky; a cousin, Bobby Tuholsky; and nephew, Ray Tuholsky Jr. Close friends were colleagues from WVUIT, Larry Frank, his fishing buddy Johnnie Scarbro, Richard Spooner and the late Chuck Adams, John Herbruck, Donald Scruggs and Benny Smith.

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, 35 Ridge Ave., Homer City, PA 15748, or to Miracle League of Indiana County, Attn: Paula Lieb, 60 Ben Franklin Rd., Indiana, PA 15701.

A private, graveside burial with Pastor Steve Bond officiating was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana, Pennsylvania on June 1.

Arrangements by John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home.

Jerry Wayne Tyree Jr.

Jerry Wayne Tyree Jr., 46, of Pratt, died June 3, 2019 at Montgomery General Hospital in Montgomery.

Born May 25, 1973 at Beckley, he was the son of Jerry Tyree Sr. and Patty Scarbro Tyree.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Paula Blankenbeckler Tyree; children, Ashton Shepherd, Arielle Shepherd-Tyree, Timothy Tyree, Audreanna Adkins, Spencer Osborne, Rhianna Tyree and Austin Osborne; brother, David Tyree; sister, Crystal Hosey; and grandchildren, Gage Shepherd, Adalee Jude, Damien Treadway and Victoria Treadway.

A visitation, with cremation following, was held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope on June 7. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Byron Dean Winebrenner

Byron Dean Winebrenner, 59, of Gauley Bridge, entered into rest June 6, 2019.
Born Oct. 26, 1959, in Gauley Bridge, he was the son of Byron and Shirley (Proctor) Winebrenner.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley; grandparents, Opal and Opie Winebrenner; and Linda Sigler.
Byron is survived by his father, Byron Winebrenner of Gauley Bridge; sister, Kelli Winebrenner of Boomer; son, Josh Winebrenner of Victor; daughter, Ryan (Adam) Brown of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Carter Brown and Aleah Winebrenner; aunt, Linda (Don) Dubee; nephews, two great-nieces and a great-nephew.

Funeral service was held June 10 at Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, Gauley Bridge, with Pastor Shane Wynn officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.penningtonfuneral.com.
Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

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