Harold “Pete” Fankell

Harold “Pete” Fankell, age 79, of Oak Hill, passed away April 28, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Born May 23, 1939, he was the son of the late Clifford and Lyda (Shaffer) Fankell. He also was preceded in death by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Pete was a 1959 graduate of Collins High School.

He retired from the Kroger Company after 40 years of service, last working as the assistant manager at the Smithers location.

He was a member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill, and a member of the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

Mr. Fankell liked the simple life and loved the outdoors; enjoying hunting when he was younger. He was also a fan of NASCAR and football, especially the WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Steelers. His passion, though, was listening to music (he loved southern gospel,) often traveling to many gospel concerts when he was able.

A great man and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who, on Dec. 30, 1961, stood before God, his family, and friends as he vowed to Mary Sue Merritt “to love, honor, and cherish ’til death do us part.” He faithfully honored his commitment for 57 years.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Mary Sue Fankell; son, Dean Fankell; daughters, Crystal Calvert and Jennifer Paul; granddaughter, Ashley Calvert; great-granddaughter, Bethany Smith; and sister, Nina Shockey.

Funeral service was May 4 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Kevin Shelton and Rev. Patricia Franklin officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

The family requests donations be made to the Jones Avenue First Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 104, Oak Hill, WV 25901-0104.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert Lee Hudson

Robert Lee Hudson, 66, of Page, passed peacefully with his family by his side April 28, 2019 at his residence.

Born Dec. 3, 1953 in Cannelton, he was the son of the late Wilson and Laura Florence Hudson. He also was preceded in death by brothers,  Bert Hudson, John Hudson, Charles Victor Hudson and Reginald Hudson; and sisters, Francis Nitz, Charlotte Mattox, Linda Hyatt and Lenora Hudson.

Robert worked in the coal mines and also for the Department of Highways in Glen Ferris.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Diana Dorman Hudson; a son, Robert Wilson Hudson; daughters, Deborah Faulconer (Rick) and Mary Linville (Ray); nine grandchildren; and a sister, Carolyn (Katy) Pauley.

In keeping with Robert’s wishes, his body will be donated to the West Virginia University Human Gift Registry.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Matthew L. Lloyd

Matthew L. Lloyd, age 58, of Gauley Bridge, died May 3, 2019.

Per his request, no service or visitation will be held.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gary Keith “Pops” Lowery

Gary Keith “Pops” Lowery, age 68, of Robson, entered into his eternal rest on May 3, 2019 after a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

Gary was born Nov. 27, 1950, son of the late George and Mary Brown Lowery. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Phyllis Campbell, Nancy Good and Kay Nickell; brothers, Dewey Lowery, Jim Lowery, Wayne Lowery and James “Bud” Lowrey; and a special daughter-in-law Amanda “Amy” Goode Tabit.

Gary enjoyed going to church, spending time with his family, singing gospel music and always had a smile on his face with a cup of coffee in his hand.

Surviving: wife, Nova Lowery; special canine companion, Chase; children he considered and loved as his own, Christopher Tabit (Michelle) of Summersville and Stephanie Tabit-Finley (Daniel) of Bradley; very special grandsons, Michael Chance and Joe and brother Tom (Eva) Lowery of Dunbar. He had several nieces and nephews along with many special extended family members from his current marriage.

Service was May 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Ruth Olive Morton Nicholas

Ruth Olive Morton Nicholas, 68, went home to be with the Lord May 1, 2019.

Born Oct. 25, 1950, in Dixie, “Ruthie” was the youngest daughter of the late John and Mary (Elswick) Morton. In addition to her parents, Ruthie was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Helmic, and brother, Michael Morton.

She was a 1970 graduate of Gauley Bridge High School.

Ruthie is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Lewis “Johnny” Nicholas Jr.; daughter, Amy Bartlett of Reston, Virginia, and her husband, Cy Bartlett, Colonel, USAF (retired), and their children, Grace, Faith and Cloe; son, John Lewis “Nicky” Nicholas III, Captain, Huntington Fire Department, and his wife, Adelle, and their children, Shelby and Jackson; and son, Benjamin “Ben” Nicholas, Major, U.S. Army, of Fort Irwin, California, and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Ashton, Alex, Benjamin and Brianna; her brother, John Morton Jr. (Peggy); and sisters, Joan Akers, Linda Slack (Rommel) and Mary Jane West.

Ruthie met her beloved husband, John, during a vacation to Florida. They were married at Bell Creek Missionary Baptist in 1969 and started their family in Dixie.

The family eventually moved to Gauley Bridge where she was the owner/operator of Ruthie’s Sweet Shop. There, she doled out advice to many teenagers in the area and became a fixture in the community.

She also worked at Montgomery General Hospital and the Ansted Nursing Home. 

Ruthie never met a stranger and was always willing to help those in need. She taught her children about faith, compassion and family. She was a member of the Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dixie.

She enjoyed crocheting, cooking and was devoted to her family.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Dixie. Family will receive friends an hour before the 1:30 memorial.

Due to Ruthie’s unwavering support for her sons’ service to their country we ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to: Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 1365 (Gary Sinise Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, Federal Taxpayer I.D. #80-0587086), or to the Family Hospice and Palliative Care UPMC, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Family Hospice is where Ruthie spent her last days surrounded by family and the staff took us in and treated her and all of us with the deepest love and respect.

Leavitt Funeral Home of Parkersburg is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

Katherine Marie Ramsey

Katherine Marie Ramsey, age 64, of Charlton Heights, entered the gates of Heaven on May 2, 2019.

She was born Aug. 20, 1954. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Goldie Wright; and a beloved son, Eric Ramsey.

Kathy loved singing gospel music and praising our Heavenly Father.

She loved to hunt, fish and anything outdoors and she dearly loved riding on the back of her Harley motorcycle. She loved traveling and taking pictures of God’s beautiful creations.

Kathy had a heart of gold and she truly touched the hearts of everyone she met.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 45 years, Grant Ramsey Jr.; son, Michael Ramsey and wife Lisa; daughter, Megan Cottrell and husband Brandon; grandchildren, Anastasia, Brianna, Johnathon, Jacob, Blake, Cody, Garrett, Colton, Nicholas and Noah; great-grandchildren, Easton, Izzie and Zak; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Service was May 8 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd and Rev. Greg Frances 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.

Mostafa I. Shaaban

Mostafa I. Shaaban, age 80, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, previously of Montgomery, passed peacefully on April 4, 2019.

Beloved husband of Aziza; loving father of Mayy (Mike) Deadrick and Sami (Beth) Shaaban; cherished grandfather of Joe and Sam Deadrick; and brother of the late Abdel Raouf, the late Fatima, Hassan, Ibrahim and Hoda.

A longtime economics professor and dean at West Virginia Institute of Technology, he will be remembered for being mischievous, quick to laugh, and a champion for international students. He did things his way to the very end.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, June 8 from 4 to 8 p.m., at 425 S. Pacific Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, for a celebration of life. Please RSVP with Sami Shaaban at samshaaban000@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.

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