Mitchell Andrew Aide Jr.

Mitchell Andrew Aide Jr., 68, of Oak Hill, passed away Dec. 7, 2019, at CAMC-General in Charleston.

Born May 28, 1951, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Mitchell Andrew Aide Sr. and Sonia Virginia Ellison Aide.

Mitchell was a former business owner where he worked in sales and a graduate of the National Business College in Roanoke, Virginia.

He loved spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Deborah Boland Aide of Oak Hill; daughters, Julie (James III) Kincaid of Fayetteville and Leslie (David II) McVey of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Noah and Nickolas Kincaid, both of Fayetteville; brother, Stephen Charles Aide of Summersville; and nephew, Jeffrey Aide of Summersville.

Funeral service was Dec. 12 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial followed at Walker Memorial Park in Summersville.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Patricia Ann Barnhart

Patricia Ann Barnhart, 60, of Charleston, passed away after a short battle with leukemia on Nov. 22, 2019 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She is survived by her husband, Carl, of Charleston; daughter, Kayla, of Charleston; the love of her life, her granddaughter, Kennedy, of Charleston; brother Otie and his wife, Karen, of Lookout; brother Gary of Palm Springs, California; a very special niece, Kelly Gladwell, who never left her side; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Christina Hackworth Garris of Longacre.

Patty was born on April 5, 1959 in Montgomery. She graduated from Valley High School in 1977 and was employed at the West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association for 27 years.

Patty was a very social, upbeat and positive woman who never met a stranger.

She enjoyed being a member of River Ridge Church and a part of the Kairos prison ministry that she dearly loved.

She was a loyal Mountaineer fan and an avid beach goer. Her family and friends will always remember her as a beautiful, bright, selfless person. She will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation was held Dec. 3 with a service following at River Ridge Church, Charleston, with Pastor Matt Santen officiating.

Please make memorial donations to the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Bertha Audrey Bays

Bertha Audrey Bays (Holcomb) entered into rest Dec. 2, 2019.

Born on May 5, 1923, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Dunn Bays.

Audrey was a resident of Powellton and had previously been a 58-year resident of Rand. 

Surviving is her daughter, Maria Jo (Frank) Rhodes of Powellton; grandsons, Franko (Jennifer) Rhodes of Kimberly and Nick (Fran) Rhodes of Kimberly; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Gage Rhodes; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service was held Dec. 5 at the mausoleum at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, with Pastor Billy Morris officiating.

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Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Lona L. Stuart Blankenship

Lona L. Stuart Blankenship, 76, of Milton, died Nov. 6, 2019.

She was born on June 14, 1943 in Elkton, Maryland.

She worked at Marathon Coal Bit Company and Pray Construction.

She was a kind and generous soul who enjoyed conversation, working and reading.

She was a Christian and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was always grateful for life and the gifts bestowed upon her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Hardy; her mother, Gusta Hardy; her husbands, Eric (Gus) Stuart and Bill Blankenship; her brothers, Benjamin Hardy, Dwight Hardy and Dwayne Hardy; and her son, Rocky Stuart.

She was survived by her children, Dean Stuart and Jeff Stuart; her grandchildren, Josh Stuart, Shane Stuart, Levi Stuart, Canaan Stuart, Hannah Stuart, and Silas Stuart, as well as her sisters; Carol Miller, Joyce Hardy and Debbie Jones; and her brothers, Tom and Mike Hardy. She also had many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Memorial service was Nov. 23 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Samuel Bounds officiating.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Freda Lee Cincinnati

Freda Lee Cincinnati, 81, of Boomer, passed away Nov. 27, 2019.

She was born Aug. 4, 1938 at Oswald, the youngest daughter of the late Clarence Mahlon and Blanche Lee Farrish Stone.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Cincinnati; sisters, Mary Francis Perry and Betty Lou Stone; and brothers, Cledith Stone, Ernie Stone and Todd Stone.

Survivors include her son, Alvin Starks; stepsons, Joey (Christy) Cincinnati and Michael (Vicki) Cincinnati; stepdaughter, Connie (Clinton) Dalporto; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Renfro; brothers, Jack Stone and Jim Stone; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian burial was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery, with Father Dominick Baok as celebrant. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. After the burial a mercy dinner was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Aaron (AC) Coleman

Aaron (AC) Coleman, 50, of Cedar Grove, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 16, 2019.

He had a long career in trucking, hauling coal and over the road. He never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh or put a smile on their face.

He was a Christian and attended The Church of God.

He is survived by his son, Jared (Maria) Coleman; daughter, Markayla Dinkel; grandson, Jace Allen Whitt; parents, Earl and Linda (Knight) Coleman; brothers, DeWayne (Tami) Coleman, Dale (Gerri) Coleman and Wesley (Amanda) Coleman; sister, Melinda Coleman; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were Nov. 21 at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with the Rev. Walter Lofton officiating. Burial followed at Woodland Cemetery, Cedar Grove.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Robert Lee Coleman Jr.

Robert Lee Coleman Jr., age 68, of Kimberly, passed away Nov. 24, 2019 after a short stay at Montgomery General Extended Care.

He was born Oct. 1, 1951 in Montgomery, the son of the late Robert and Betty Farley Coleman. He was also predeceased by his brother, Larry S. Coleman.

Robert was loved by many nieces and nephews and had many friends.

Surviving: brother, John W. Coleman of Kimberly; sisters, Margaret Burrough and husband Gary of Mt. Carbon, Sandra Latta and husband Rick of Hampton, Virginia, Susan Vittori and husband Mike of Stanley, North Carolina and Pamela L. Politino, wife of the late Rodney Politino of Kimberly; and aunt, Debbie Abbot of Mt. Carbon.

Service was Dec. 4 at O’Dell Funeral home, Montgomery, with Rev. Dana Jones officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ronald C. Deitz

Ronald C. Deitz, 54, of Lizemores, formerly of Beloit, Ohio, passed away at CAMC Memorial Division on Nov. 28, 2019.

He was a graduate of West Branch High School, class of 1983.

He served in the United States Army. 

Ronald was born Feb. 6, 1965 to the late Larry and Barbara Nichols-Deitz in Bucyrus, Ohio.

He is survived by his son, Michael Deitz; sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca “Becky” and George Morris; aunts, Shirley Pritt, Phyllis Rader of Lizemores, Bonnie Rader of Summersville, Annette Foster of Dixie and Tonia Wayne of Cross Lanes; and numerous cousins and friends. 

The funeral service was Dec. 3 at Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Adonijah, with Minister Jason Moore officiating. Burial followed at Elliott Cemetery.

The family asks that donations be made to funeral home to help with cost of services. 

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Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. 

Norma Lou Keith

Norma Lou Keith, 76, of Swiss, passed away after a short illness on Dec. 18, 2019, in Charleston.

Born April 7, 1943, in Swiss, she was the daughter of Arthur and Radie Kiser Backus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jeffrey Keith; brothers, Charles “Gus” Backus and Robert Backus; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harry and Nora Jordan; and nephews, Hoy Miller Jr. and David Jordan.

She is survived by her daughter, Anita Keith (Jeff Wright); Anita’s brother, Todd Trent (Robin); grandchildren, Jason Keith, Chrissy Packtor, Trevor Keith and Logan Backus; son-in-law, Robert Packtor; sisters-in-law, Martha Backus, Lorena Backus and Norma Miller (Hoy). She is also survived by nephew, Tony Backus; nieces, Jennifer Crouch (John), Julie Haller, Cindy Duffield (Jerry), Jewel Miller, Belinda Jordan and Kimberly Bailey (Howard); several great-nieces and nephews; many cousins; her best friend of 70 years, Shirley Grose (Junior); and her church family at Simms Memorial Methodist Church.

Norma retired from C&P Telephone. She later worked as a secretary at Lizemores Elementary School, Dixie Grade School and Zela Elementary School. She served as a foster grandparent for the Nicholas County school system.

She was very active in her church including years of making “Heavenly Hot Dogs.”

A memorial service was held Dec. 23 at the Simms Memorial Methodist Church of Swiss, with Minister Phil Hickman officiating, assisted by Clarence Thomas.

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Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Richard Dale Kelly

Richard Dale Kelly, 89, of Witcher Creek, passed away on Nov. 17, 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

He was born in Dickinson (Quincy) on Dec. 5, 1929, son of the late Ray and Garnett Kelly.

He was a 1948 graduate of DuPont High School and was retired from C&P Telephone Company in 1992 with 43 years of service.

Also preceding him in death were his wife of 62 years, Pauline Arms Kelly; brothers, Ray Kelly Jr. and Terry Kelly; and sister, Beverly Ann Kelly Coffee.

Surviving are his children, Tracie Kemp (Tim), Susan Hanson (Jerry), Tim Kelly (Lisha) and Jayne Hudnall (Jerry); grandchildren, Rachel Beard, Sarah Belcher, Jason Hanson, Mikki Collins and Zachary Hudnall; and nine great-grandchildren.

He attended Diamond Methodist Church where he held many roles, but the one he devoted himself most to was Sunday school teacher.

He was very active in the community and appreciated the history of Kanawha Valley and his home place of Dickinson, organizing Quincy Reunions with his cousin, Jake Givens.

He was a woodworker and craftsman.

He was a standout athlete for DuPont High School Panthers where he played football and basketball. 

The family held a private service on Nov. 21 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. 

Arrangements by Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Frances Elizabeth Larck

Frances Elizabeth Larck, age 76, of Eclectic, Alabama, formerly of Powellton, died Dec. 16, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama.

She was born Aug. 8, 1943 in Cannelton, the daughter of the late William “Bill” Sr. and Dora Mae Cox Redden. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence H. “Hobe” Larck Sr., and her brother, William S. “Wally” Cox Jr. 

She was a former member of Powellton United Methodist Church and presently a member of Santuck Baptist Church in Wetumpka where she was an active member of several ministries such as Comfort and Joy Ministry and Senior Belles and Beaus. She loved her church and especially her Sunday school class and the ladies in it.

Frances was retired from the Fayette County Board of Education, having retired in 2005 as a cook.

Surviving: her son, Clarence H. “Hobie” Larck Jr. and daughter-in-law Tori Larck; grandchildren, Dylan Larck, Grace Larck, Zachary (Samantha) Luster and Tamera O’Brien; siblings, Pam Scarbro, Jessica (Richard) Weese and Linda McFarland; four nieces and eight nephews.

Service was Dec. 22 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Joe Darlington officiating. Burial followed on Monday at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Elder Paulette Larcell Lewis

At the age of 66, Elder Paulette Larcell Lewis peacefully went to be with the Lord at her home on Dec. 12, 2019.

She leaves behind a host of family and friends who lovingly adored her.

Homegoing service was Dec. 19 at Brookside Ministries, Mount Carbon. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Claude DeVon Miller Jr.

Claude DeVon Miller Jr. was born in Charleston on Sept. 14, 1986 to Claude D. Miller Sr. and Sharon V. Butler-Miller.

On Nov. 14, 2019 he was called home peacefully at Montgomery General Hospital, Montgomery.

Service was Nov. 23 at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Morris Drive, Montgomery, with Rev. Douglas Mullins officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Pastor Jack Aaron Miller

Pastor Jack Aaron Miller, 46, of Winfield, formerly of Ansted, passed away suddenly Nov. 9, 2019.

He was born Oct. 25, 1973, in Richwood, the son of Sandra “Sue” Smith Miller of Ansted and the late Jackie Lee Miller; he was spiritually reborn in July of 1981 and accepted God’s call to the ministry in 1996.

Pastor Jack graduated from Gauley Bridge High School in 1992, West Virginia Tech in 1996 with a B.A. in History and Government, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Master’s of Divinity and from the Masters Graduate School of Theology with a Doctorate of Practical Ministry Theology in 2004.

In 2014 he became the full-time chaplain for the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston.

He had a colorful and eventful life with many occupations, all of which were truly learning experiences. He was formerly a newspaper columnist, a 4-H camp counselor, a police officer with the Louisville Division of Police (chaplain department) and the West Beuchel Police Departments in Kentucky. He also served as chaplain for County General Trauma Hospital in Louisville and claimed to be the best fudge maker in the history of the world.

In March of 2001, God called him to pastor the West Ripley Baptist Church at the age of 27. Spurred by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Pastor Jack was called to the chaplain ministry of the West Virginia Air National Guard in 2005, and was commissioned as an officer. He would later achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Germany and Qatar with the United States Air Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was a member of the VFW Post #3448, Sandyville; the American Legion Post #107, Ripley; Ripley Lodge #16, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; the Tyrian Chapter #13, Royal Arch Masons; and the Kanawha Commandery #4, Knights Templar.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and was the current pastor of First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain.

In addition to his mother, other survivors include his one true love and friend in life, his wife, Tina Michelle Hylton Miller; children, whom he loved with all his heart, Samuel A. Miller and Olivia G. Miller; brothers, Cary L. Miller (Barbara) and John C. Miller (Kim); sister, Jeretta Y. Ford (Rick); and a host of other extended family members and friends.

Pastor Jack was an organ donor so even in death he gave life.

Memorial donations are preferred to the First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain, PO Box 7724, Cross Lanes, WV 25313.

Service was Nov. 16 at the Gateway Christian Church, St. Albans, with Pastor Todd Hill officiating and Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel John McDonough delivering a eulogy.

Committal service with military honors and burial were Nov. 17 in the Jeanette Cemetery, Lookout.

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Arrangements by Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Roy Emerson Neal Sr.

Roy Emerson Neal Sr., 93, of Fayetteville, passed away Dec. 16, 2019 at the Beckley VA Medical Center, Beckley.

Born on Jan. 19, 1926 at Swiss, he was the son of the late Theodore “Russ” and Florence Long Neal. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara Neal, and 12 siblings.

Roy was a proud Marine who honorably served in World War II.

After his service in the Marine Corps, he became a steel worker. As a steel worker, he worked for the Department of Defense at the Baltimore Ship Yard, then worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron as head weld foreman where he helped build the hydro-electric plant in Niagara Falls, which was the largest job of that kind in the country during that time. Later he worked at Welding Incorporated in Charleston as a shop foreman and operations superintendent for 39 years where he helped build one of the largest water tank companies on the East Coast.

Roy enjoyed white tail deer hunting, all sports, particularly baseball, which he played as a young man, and especially watching his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Left to cherish his memory include his brother, Percy (Emmalou) Neal; son, Arthur (Donna) Powers; daughter, Charlotte (Keith) Holly; sons, Roy Neal Jr., David Neal and Ronald (Teresa) Neal; grandchildren, Roy (Stephanie) Neal III, Jennifer Neal, Amy (Scott) Bolen, Amanda Neal, Amy (Ryan) Alton and Hannah Neal; great-grandchildren, Delanie, Dylan, MaKayla, Calleigh, and Reagan; and great-great-grandson, Ryden Bolen.

The family requests memorial donations to be made in Roy’s memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Funeral services were Dec. 20 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Morris Nutter and Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Entombment followed at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fayetteville.

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

Pamela Marie Ocheltree

Pamela Marie Ocheltree, 65, of East Bank, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 17, 2019.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, Rev. George E. Ocheltree; one son, Jason of East Bank; and one daughter and son-in-law, Jodi-Marie and Brent Walters of Glenville. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Chiado of Clarksburg, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thurman “Junior” and Goldie Stackpole; her husband’s parents, George “Bill” and Glenna Ocheltree; and her brother-in-law, Joseph Chiado.

Pam was a member of the East Bank Church of God, a pastor’s wife and homemaker. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed living life.

Funeral services were Nov. 22 at the Congregational Missionary Church, Stonewood, conducted by Pastor Sherman Goodwin.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Verna G. Orndorff

Verna G. Orndorff, age 97, of Hughes Creek, passed away Dec. 9, 2019 peacefully at home.

She was born Aug. 11, 1922 to the late Ernest and Emma Myers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond “Bob;” brother, Dempsey Myers; and sisters, Marie Stone, Martha Oliver and Mary Kelly.

Verna is survived by her son, Raymond (Shannon) Orndorff; grandchildren, Misty Orndorff, Ray (Marsha) Orndorff and Philip (Mary) Orndorff; great-grandchildren, Alana Chancellor, Morgan Orndorff, Sarah Schoolcraft, Joseph Orndorff, Elizabeth Orndorff, Philip Orndorff, Shannon Orndorff and Tyler Thibadeau. She is also survived by her brother and his spouse, Bill and Alma Myers of San Antonio, Texas. 

She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother. He family adored her. Verna was a member of the Hughes Creek Community Church. She held an unwavering faith in God that she enjoyed sharing with others.

Service was Dec. 13 at the Hughes Creek Community Church with Pastor Gary H. Tucker officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kevin LaMar “KP” Palmer

Kevin LaMar “KP” Palmer, 39, of Montgomery, died Dec. 10, 2019, after a short illness.

He was born March 25, 1980, to the late George H. Palmer and Tina Burs.

In addition to his father, George, Kevin was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Karolyn K. Murray; paternal grandmother, Helen V. Bohanna; and paternal grandfather, Danny Palmer.

He attended Valley High School, and BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

In addition to his family, Kevin had an avid love of music, cooking, and all things electronic. His smile and dimples were infectious.

Left to cherish his memory: mother, Tina (Jerome) Burs; maternal grandfather, Rev. Thomas R. Murray Sr.; paternal grandfather, Garfield Bohanna Sr.; daughters, Bryanna and Kelsey Fleming (mother Betty Pyatt); daughter-in-love, Cristel Settle (son Cameron); siblings, Stephanie Murray, Ric (Tisjauna) Palmer and Ashlie Palmer. He also leaves to mourn a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including his maternal great-uncle, Richard S. White Sr.

Celebration of life and love was Dec. 20 at Brookside Ministries COGIC, Mount Carbon, with Bishop C.H. Murray officiating and Bishop Thomas R. Murray Jr. as eulogist.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lorene B. Penn

Lorene B. Penn, 87, of Powellton, passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2019 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

Service was Dec. 18 at Brookside Ministries, Mount Carbon, with Rev. Isaac Kinney officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Thomas Franklin Reed

Thomas Franklin Reed of Chester, Maryland passed away on Nov. 20, 2019 at Genesis Healthcare in Severna Park, Maryland. He was 84.

Born on March 8, 1935 in Glenville, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Blanche O. Lohan Reed.

Thomas graduated from East Bank High School and then from Glenville College with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. He went on to receive his Master’s degree from Marshall University.

Thomas became a teacher and taught for 33 years in West Virginia before moving to Maryland and teaching for 7 years at Queen Anne’s County High School. He retired after 40 years in 1995.

Mr. Reed was honored many times as an outstanding band director and his bands were honored numerous times. His bands traveled worldwide. While at George Washington High School, his band performed at Carnegie Hall, and while at Queen Anne’s County High School in Maryland, his band performed in London. The legacy he cherished most was the many students who followed his footsteps in the music field. Also, he was happy about the former students that continue performing in their communities.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Marita Reed of Chester, Maryland; daughter, Deborah Reed and her husband, Christopher Moffatt, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; son, Thomas Franklin Reed II and his wife, Genell, of Eldersburg, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Richard, Amanda (Travis), Christopher (Stephanie), Nicholas, David, Jackson and Brody; one great-grandchild, Talia; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James A. Reed, and his sister-in-law, Anna Mary Reed.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester, Maryland, where a service will begin at 11 a.m.

Hugh Rexrode

Hugh Rexrode, 75, of Edgewater, Florida, entered into rest Nov. 24, 2019.
Born on Dec. 18, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of the late Golden and Bessie Bussard Rexrode. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wives, Linda Hill Rexrode  x 2; and his brother, Chet Cooper.
He was a retired electrician from Elkem Metals and an Army veteran.
Survivors include his children, Tracie Fontes (Patrick) of Maryland, Melissa Rexrode and Gretchen Roop (Danny), both of West Virginia, Mary Yonts  (Robert) of Florida, Hugh Rexrode II of West Virginia, Grace Dyer (Chris) of Virginia, Amanda Deal (Bradley) of West Virginia and William Rexrode (Sylvia) of Florida; brother, Bruce Rexrode of Ohio; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His second wife had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he treated as his own. He was also a father figure to many others.
Memorial service was Dec. 1 at Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. 

Priscilla S. Ridenour

On Dec. 15, 2019, Priscilla S. Ridenour, loving wife, mother of three, and grandmother of four, passed away at the age of 65.

Priscilla was born Nov. 14, 1954 in Montgomery, daughter of the late William and Christine Bostic of Deepwater. In addition to her parents, Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband, Dale L Ridenour; sister, Beddie E. Lay; and brothers, Clyde E Bostic and George Bostic.

She married her high school sweetheart, Dale L. Ridenour, and raised three sons, Scott, Clinton and Todd.

Priscilla had a passion for life, family, friends and cooking. She dedicated her life to being a homemaker. 

She was a passionate, loving wife, and a mother to so many more than just her own children. More often than not her house was full of family and friends who would come to enjoy her and her fantastic cooking.  Priscilla’s love, kindness, and friendship touched far more people than she could possibly imagine.

She is survived by brothers, William and Roy Bostic; her sons, Scott M Ridenour (wife Autumn), Clinton D Ridenour (wife Melissa) and Todd A. Ridenour; grandchildren, Julia R. Ridenour, Alexis N. Ridenour, Hunter M. Ridenour and Arianna M. Ridenour.

A celebration of Priscilla’s life was held Dec. 20 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Vernon Ray Rollins

Vernon Ray Rollins, 90, of Lizemores, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Nov. 20, 2019.

Born March 16, 1929, in Jodie, he was the son of the late Bernard and Pearl Rollins. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Rollins.

Vernon proudly served his country in the Unites States Marine Corps.

Vernon is survived by his daughters, Emma Davidson, Rhonda (John) Borders, Debra (John) Osborne, Patricia (Kip) Foster, Judith Waugh and Pamela Rollins; grandchildren, John Ray Davidson, Brian (Angela) Davidson, Melissa (Philip) DeMello, John Vernon Osborne, Adam Foster, Stephen Foster and Tara Waugh; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Nov. 25 at Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

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

Tyler Seacrist

Tyler Seacrist, 24, of Valdosta, died suddenly on Nov. 16, 2019, in Clyattville as a result of an accident at work.

Born in Charleston on March 7, 1995, he grew up in Chelyan, then moved with his family to Louisa, Kentucky where he graduated from Lawrence County High School in 2013. In the summer after high school graduation, Tyler met Morgan Clement in West Virginia and they were married on Aug.  27, 2014 in Moultrie.

About this same time, he got to fulfill his lifelong dream of serving his country by joining the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Moody Air Force Base in 2014 where he served as an Air Crew Flight Equipment technician. Tyler loved his time in the USAF and was well respected by his fellow airmen.

He left the Air Force in August of this year.

Hot rods and classic cars were his favorite pastime and he frequently attended and hosted car shows with friends. 
Survivors include his wife, Morgan Seacrist of Valdosta; his father, Brad Seacrist of Louisa, Kentucky; his mother, Janice Seacrist of West Virginia; his brother and sister-in-law, Zach and Melanie Seacrist of Harrington, Delaware; and his grandparents, Edward and Gail Seacrist of Crown Hill. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Randall “Daddeo” Boyd. 
A celebration of his life was Nov. 26 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Daniel Saylor officiating. His remains were laid to rest at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ella Mae (Myers) Whiteman

Ella Mae (Myers) Whiteman died Nov. 15, 2019 at CAMC in Charleston.

She was born May 22, 1938 in Boonesborough, daughter of the late Corwin Dias Myers and Beulah Faye (Canterbury) Meyers.

She also was predeceased by her sisters, Louella Myers and Mary Lee Radford.

She is survived by her four sons, Michael and his wife, Barbara, of Becket, Massachusetts, Daniel and David Whiteman, both of Victor, and Peter and his wife, Megan, of Peabody, Massachusetts. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all from Massachusetts.

Ella is further survived by her sisters, Billie Jo and her husband, Ken of Citrus Heights, California; her sisters, Robin Rice and her husband, Jim, of Ansted and Bambi Oneal and her husband, Ed; her brothers, Brent and his wife, Rachel, and Tim Myers and his wife, Tammi, all of Fayetteville.

She attended Beckwith Elementary School and graduated from Fayetteville High School.

She retired from Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland, Massachusetts, where she worked as a CNA.

Growing up she found great joy spending time with her family, especially her cousins.

She met her former husband, Michael Whiteman, while he was serving in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. They married and moved to Northfield, Massachusetts, where they raised their four sons.

She became a member of the First Baptist Church of Turners Falls and also lived in Montague, Massachusetts for a number of years. Ella had a very strong religious background and her love of God and her faith carried throughout her life.

In later years she moved back to West Virginia.

One of her favorite things was going shopping and on travel adventures with her sisters. Many summers were spent in Massachusetts where she would visit and be near all of her grandchildren that she loved and cherished so dearly.

She was an amazing cook and, in quiet times, you would find her enjoying reading with a hot cup of tea.

The center of Ella’s life has always been her family. Ella will be deeply missed and her influence and love will be carried on in the hearts of those lives she touched.

Services were held Nov. 23 at Gum Spring Baptist Church, Chimney Corner. Burial will be at the convenience of the family this spring at Springdale Cemetery Turner Falls, Massachusetts.

Alan Shane (Albi) Wood

Alan Shane (Albi) Wood, 48, of Cedar Grove, passed away at Montgomery General Hospital on Nov. 19, 2019. 

He was born on May 3, 1971 and graduated from DuPont High School.

He worked in the coal mines for many years, but most recently worked for the Town of Cedar Grove.

Alan was very outgoing and loved to help people. He would do anything for anyone.

He loved four-wheeling, boating and being outdoors. He loved his family more than anything. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Junior and Doris Wyatt; his father-in-law, Donald Easterday; and Grandmaw Wood.

He is survived by his loving wife, Krisene Easterday Wood; and his devoted daughter, Brittney Jett and her fiancé, Alex Gordon. He is also survived by his mother, Diana (Bill) Meadows; father, Larry (Karen) Wood; brothers, Shawn (Shannon) Wood and Paul (Amanda) Wood; niece, Chelsea Wood and fiancé Jesse Stewart; Aunt Sue and her daughter, Stephanie Legg and family; his mother-in-law, Ann Easterday; stepsiblings, Donald (Mary) Bates and Tami (Brad) Shepherd; Aunt Cheri Edens; Uncle Gary Wood; his buddies, Rocky and Bailey; and a host of family and friends.

A memorial service was held Nov. 24 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

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Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

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