In memory

Karen Baker

Karen Baker, 79, of Belle, passed away Jan. 9, 2021 at home.

She was a retired Certified Nursing Assistant for CAMC Memorial Division, a member of the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program and received the Jefferson Award and West Virginia Distinguished Service Award, both in 1996.

Preceding her in death were her husbands, Roney L. Baker Sr. and Lloyd Schoolcraft Jr.; son, Clinton Baker; grandson, Roney L. Baker III; mother, Thelma Eudana Gunnoe; and sisters, Sharon Gunnoe and Diane Trent.

Surviving are her son, Roney L. Baker Jr. (Barbara) of Belle; daughter, Connie Johnston of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Connie Hobbs of Charleston and Jessica Gunnoe of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandchildren, R.J. Baker of Belle, Karen McKinney and Sara Hill, both of Columbus; great-granddaughters, Nora and Chloe McKinney.

In keeping with Karen’s wishes there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Karen’s wishes, please make a contribution to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Patricia Ann Barton

Patricia Ann Barton, 77, of Hugheston, passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Edith Jones; husband, Don Morris in 1978 and husband Keith Barton in 2006.

She is survived and greatly missed by her daughter, Christina Holliday; son-in-law, Shawn Holliday; grandchildren, Parker, Mason and Mariah Holliday, all of Hugheston; sister-in-law, Karen Sankoff of Pinch; longtime friend, Helen Gray of Wallback; several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

The family asks for donations to be made to the Hubbard Hospice House in memory of Patricia.

Per Patricia’s request, only a small graveside service was held at Montgomery Memorial Park prior to her burial.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Robert “Bob” Bass

Robert “Bob” Bass, 77, of Cedar Grove, passed away Jan. 20, 2021 at CAMC General Division Charleston after a sudden illness.

Bob lived most of his life in West Virginia and never met a stranger.

He retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education where he worked as a teacher at Carver Career Center.

Bob earned a master’s degree plus 30 additional hours in education while teaching. Bob was a Marine Corps veteran.

He was a great husband and provider for his family and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Surviving: his wife of 58 years, Wanda J. Shelton Bass; son, Sam Bass; daughter, Pamela Jo Bass Jolly; sisters, Lora Lezark and Nancy Romeo; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Jan. 26 at Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

A walk-through visitation was held prior to the graveside services at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Susan Marie Thompson Bess

Susan Marie Thompson Bess, 42, of Glen Ferris, went home to be with the Lord Dec. 26, 2020, at Cleveland Clinic after a long illness.

Susan was a 1995 graduate of Duval High School.

She was a former employee of area cemeteries including Cunningham Memorial Park.

Susan also worked at Winchester Arms in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an outstanding cook and loved to craft.

She is survived by her husband, Aaron Bess; parents, Robert and Deborah Snyder Thompson; daughters, Aizlyn Grace Bess and Aurora Marie Bess; son, Ian Drezek; sister, Carrie Flanagan; and grandmother, Polly Thompson. Susan is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and her loving biological family.

Due to Covid-19, a private service was held with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial was at Mays Cemetery, Yawkey.

Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, 1422 Kanawha Boulevard East, PO Box 2942, Charleston, WV 25330.

Rev. Damron Blair “Brad” Bradshaw

Rev. Damron Blair “Brad” Bradshaw, 78, lifelong resident and leader of Chesapeake, went home to be with his Lord Jan. 16, 2021 after a short illness with Covid-19.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Jesse M. and Sarah V. (Childress) Bradshaw; brother, Jesse (Sonny) Bradshaw Jr.; nephew, Jesse M. (Matt) Bradshaw III from Humble, Texas; step-grandson, Andrew Scott Daugherty; sister-in-law, Donna Caudill Legg; and brother-in-law, John William Caudill. 

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Mary Jane Caudill Bradshaw; sons, Paul Bradshaw (Bonita) and Charles Bradshaw, all of Chesapeake; granddaughter, Ashley Bradshaw Carver (Cody) of Dry Branch; sister-in-law, Beulah Bradshaw Ford; nephew, Mark Bradshaw; great-nephews, Jesse and Mason Bradshaw, all of Humble, Texas; sisters-in-law, Sue Caudill Whittington (Wayne) and Janice Caudill Jenkins; brother-in-law, Damon Caudill (Kim); stepson, John D. Scott III; stepdaughters, Kim Scott and Lori Daugherty (DeWayne); stepgrandchildren, Derek (Kelly) and Alicia Scott, Nathaniel (Emily) Hall and Mary Jane (Hall) (Jonathan) Ramsey, Adam (Katey), Alex (Lacee), and Aaron Daugherty; stepgreat-grandchildren, Henry and Hayden Hall, Jarrett Ramsey and Winston Daugherty, all of whom loved him very much.

Damron was in the graduating class of 1960 at East Bank High School and graduated from West Virginia Tech with a degree in business.

Brad retired as a shift supervisor at E. I. Dupont’s Belle Plant. He had 32 years of perfect attendance and was president of the Twenty-Five Year Club in 1986.

He was first elected to the Chesapeake Town Council in 1971 and held every elected office in the town. He became mayor on Jan. 21, 1991 and served 24 1/2 years. He also served as municipal judge from 1995 to 2015.

Brad was ordained in 1974 in the Assembly Mission Association. He served as associate pastor from 1974 to 1982 of the Chesapeake Assembly. He then was a member of the Reynold’s Memorial United Methodist Church in Marmet and Day Star Church in London, Ohio and served as pastor of the Racine United Methodist Church from 2000 until present. 

Damron was fluent in Portuguese. In 1971 he became interested in the Brazilian Mission Program of the Pentecostal Church of Christ. In 1976 he was the National President of the Pentecostal Ambassadors, the denomination’s youth group. He was later named Field Secretary to South Africa for the group which recently had merged with another. He made more than 35 trips to Brazil in that capacity along with official mission trips to Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, French Guiana, Jamaica, Africa, India, and The Philippines.

He was a member of the Loudendale Lions Club since 1971 and a member of the former Upper Kanawha Valley Rotary Club. He served as president or chairman of the Regional Development Authority, the Kanawha County 4-H Foundation, the Chesapeake Lions Club, the Kanawha County Enforcement Agency, and the Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community where he became executive director and held that position from 2005 until 2015.

He was also a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, a member of the Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Association, frequent advisor to the Kanawha County Commission and a former member of the Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department.

As you can see, Damron had devoted his life to service as evidence of the many hats he wore.

He loved WVU sports, Riverside athletics and spent countless hours working to improve the lives of those who live in the Upper Kanawha Valley.

The service was conducted Jan. 21 by the Rev. Bishop Clyde M. Hughes and the Rev. Richard Blevins. Burial was in the Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Sugar Bear Endowment Fund, PO Box 439, London, Ohio 43140.

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Lois Josephine “Jo” Moore Coburn

Lois Josephine “Jo” Moore Coburn passed away Jan. 21, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Division.

She was a retired school bus driver for Kanawha County Schools, a member of Judson Baptist Church, a member of the former Belle Women’s Club, Belle Lions Club and a lifetime member of the women’s auxiliary for the Elkview VFW Post 8516.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Charles Coburn; son, Rick Coburn; sister, Joyce Arthur; and brothers, James, Charles and Arnold Moore.

Surviving are her son, Larry Wayne Coburn of Belle; sisters, Gerri and Betty Lou Moore, both of Vero Beach, Florida; and a granddaughter, Josie Lynn Coburn.

In keeping with Jo’s final requests, her interment was held in Montgomery Memorial Park, London, and there will be no other services.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Judson Baptist Church, 320 E. 8th Street, Belle, WV 25015.

To send online condolences, or sign the guest book, please visit the website at

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Mildred (Perk) Lois Perkins Cressorn

Mildred (Perk) Lois Perkins Cressorn, formerly of Beech Glen and most recently of Belle, left this earth on Jan. 11, 2021 to sit at the feet of Jesus.

Perk graduated from Nicholas County High School in 1946 and continued her education at Fairmont State College where she was a music major, playing violin in the school orchestra. She sang alto in a quartet and played the guitar, mandolin, clarinet, piano and organ.

On July 8, 1949, Perk married her high school sweetheart, Alfred “Bill” Cressorn. Meeting when they were 14 years old, Perk and Bill lived a long happy life together until Bill’s death in September of 2005. On Oct. 4, 1950, their pride, joy, and only child, Kathy “Susie” was born.

In addition to raising her daughter and running her home, Perk managed the family grocery store and gas station. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Gauley Bridge.

When Kathy went to school, Perk became homeroom mother to “the Great Class of ’68” of Gauley Bridge High School. At their 50-year class reunion in 2018, Perk made seven pans of brownies with her special homemade peanut butter icing and packaged them individually for each classmate.

Quite the gardener, Perk could make anything grow. For many years she and Bill cultivated a beautiful garden at their home in Beech Glen. Their speciality was roses, which they delivered regularly to the nursing home patients in Montgomery for many years. Their garden was so beautiful that out of town travelers, along with neighbors, often stopped to take pictures.

The year 2013 brought some changes that not only enriched the last years of Perk’s life, but also enriched the life of her family. In December of that year, Perk, along with her daughter Kathy, son-in-law Jerry, and grandson Jered, moved into a home in Belle. This brought them all minutes away from their children and grandchildren. On Monday nights the family would gather together at the new house for family dinner night. Food and laughter were abundant along with evenings spent playing croquet, dominos, and sitting on the deck around the gas fire pit.

October 16, 2019 brought one of the greatest joys of Perk’s life with the birth of her great-great-grandson, Daniel Thomas Harbaugh. Being a five generation family was very important to Perk and it gave her a deep joy.

Living her life as a godly woman, Perk was a faithful member of Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Throughout her life she served as piano player, choir member, Sunday school teacher, and was a part of the Mission Circle. Most importantly Perk had a personal relationship with her Savior, Jesus Christ, and always encouraged her family to “stay in church.” After moving to Belle, Perk attended Judson Baptist Church where she made many new dear friends.

Waiting for her at the feet of Jesus were her husband of 56 years, Alfred “Bill” Cressorn; parents, Guy and Josephine Perkins; and her siblings, Beulah Diamond Radcliff, Mary Alice Crookshanks, Lloyd Perkins, Doris Jean Gwinn, James Perkins, and Bobby Perkins, who passed away in early childhood.

Left behind to celebrate her life are her daughter, Kathy Lynn Brown (Jerry); grandchildren, Greg Morris (Becky), Kelli Bolen (Charlie), and Jered Brown. She had four great-grandchildren, Karlee Harbaugh (Brett), Jodee Strickland (Evan), and twins Andrue and Maloree Bolen, and one great-great-grandchild, Daniel Thomas Harbaugh. Perk is also survived by one brother, Frank Perkins (Kay), and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends.

A private family service was held with plans for a public celebration of Perk’s life this spring.

The family suggests donations made in Perk’s honor to the Ronald McDonald House, a charity to which she and Bill were very devoted.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Kenney Allen Davis

Kenney Allen Davis, 64 years old, passed away on Jan. 4, 2021 at his home in Beckley.

Born Sept. 15, 1956 to the late Alvah E. and Lucy V. Davis, he formerly lived in Deepwater and Charleston.

Kenney graduated from Montgomery High School in 1976 and worked for CAMC Maintenance for 16 years.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Robin Shew Davis; daughter, Carey Ann Davis Michael (Bree Michael); granddaughter, Felicity Nevaeh Davis; grandson, Jordan Edward Tyree Lovett; brothers, Robert L. Davis and Ralph E. Davis; sister, Wanda Jean Davis Schoolcraft (husband James); sister-in-law, Thelma Davis; and his faithful cat, Minnie; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Alvah E. Davis Jr.; one sister, Evelyn Jane Davis; and stepfather, Charles W. Ballard.

Kenney was an avid NASCAR fan and was very proud of his collection of NASCAR items.

He loved to fish, especially on the New River with his friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Service was held Jan. 8 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Jane Lynn Farmer

Jane Lynn Farmer, 77, of East Bank, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 17, 2021.

She was born Sept. 9, 1943 in Handley, daughter of the late Robert and Evelyn Martin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Ray Farmer; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Farmer; and her sister, Beverly M. Roberts.

Surviving are her daughters, Vickie Willis and Regina Cordell of East Bank; grandson, James Hughey of Ripley and his fiancée, Monica Eastham; great-granddaughters, Victoria and Vivian Hughey; brother, James Martin and his wife, Wanda (her special sister-in-law) of Jonesborough, Tennessee; special sister-in-law, Gail Farmer and family of Farnham, Virginia; special brother-in-law, Rit Roberts and family of Friendship, Maine; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She worked as a kindergarten aide at Wet Branch Elementary School, as a reading aide at Marmet Elementary School, and retired from the Express Market in East Bank after many years of service.

She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was an anointed musician on the accordion, piano and organ. Since the age of 9 years old, she blessed many with her music in church, playing for the Spiritual Four Quartet, and for many special events. She was a blessing to all and loved by all who knew her.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kenneth “Keith” Foreman

Kenneth “Keith” Foreman, of Powellton, passed away Jan. 19, 2021.

He was the son of the late Joseph Wesley and Hazel Marie Forman. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Jack and Paul Foreman, and his sisters, Mary Emma McKinney and Thelma Smith.

Keith taught coal mine annual retraining classes for several years for Harmon Mining and was a warehouseman for 15 years at Gabriel Brothers.

Keith attended Elkridge Community Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry; son, Keith Michael and his wife, Tara, of Boomer; grandsons, Brayden and Peyton Foreman of Boomer; and sister, Janet Nichols of Ohio.

Service was held Jan. 25 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastors Brenda Neil and Chuck Cunningham officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Joanne Roop Peterson Fraley

Joanne Roop Peterson Fraley, 84, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, passed away on Jan. 12, 2021, after a long battle with chronic heart failure.

She was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Gauley Bridge, daughter of the late Carl Edward and Olive (Hodge) Roop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde Edward and Harold Richard “Dickie” Roop; and sisters, June (Roop) Hardesty and Arlene “Corky” (Roop) Mullins. 

Joanne is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Marion “Toby” and Karen Peterson of Lexington, Kentucky; son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Gina Peterson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; grandsons, Michael Peterson of Indian Trail, North Carolina and Marshall White of Lexington; sisters, Gail (Roop) Thigpen of Campbells Creek and Kitty (Roop) Waugh of Granite Falls, North Carolina; nieces, nephews, and extended family members. 

Services were held Jan. 16 at Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum, with visitation one hour prior to services. 

Those who wish may make contributions in Joanne’s memory to the American Heart Association. 

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Betty Lou Harrison

Betty Lou Harrison, 78, of Weston, gained her wings on Jan. 22, 2021, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

She was born in Beards Fork on Nov. 7, 1942, a daughter of the late Raymond Clinford and Allie Gay Singleton Gillespie.

On March 27, 1991, Betty married Paul Stephen Harrison. They shared 19 wonderful years of marriage before his passing on April 10, 2010.

In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by two sisters, Joann Imblum and Jean White.

Forever cherishing their memories of Betty are one daughter, Lynn Morris of Crystal, Minnesota; one granddaughter, Ashley Barnett of Beckley; three nephews, Benny White, Dencil White and Tom Imblum; two nieces, Francis Anderson and Debbie Lindsey; many great-nieces and nephews; and four stepsons, Dale, Jeff, Jim Bob and PJ Harrison.

Betty graduated from Montgomery High School in 1959.

She worked as a legal secretary in Charleston and for Hunter Bennett in Weston. Betty was also employed at the Weston State Hospital.

When she moved to Bloomington, Illinois, Betty enjoyed working for over 10 years at GTE Phone Company.

Once she returned home to West Virginia, Betty began working at the Lewis County Senior Center. For 15 years, Betty was a receptionist and worked in the billing department.

In her spare time, Betty enjoyed reading and especially liked historical novels. She always loved returning to her home place in Beards Fork to attend family reunions.

Betty enjoyed the wild and wonderful countryside of West Virginia and spent a lot of her time swinging on her porch.

Family and friends gathered for visitation at Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service located at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow at Broad Run Church Cemetery in Jane Lew.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Jane Lew.

Patricia K. Hicks

Patricia K. Hicks, 75, of Belle, gained her wings on Jan. 21, 2021, following a short illness at home with her family by her side.

Pat was born in Charleston on April 28, 1945, daughter of the late George and Madeline Conley.

She was a hard worker and never seemed to stop. Strength and endurance, along with a good sense of humor, allowed Pat to continue the family-owned business, Wholesale Transmission, after the passing of her husband until she retired in 2010. She then worked as a substitute school cook with Kanawha County Schools until March of 2020. That was right up her alley because she was a great cook and loved all of the children.

Pat was also a proud member and president of the Belle Women’s Club for years. One of her greatest joys as a member and president of the women’s club was to visit the Glasgow Nursing Home once a month and play Bingo with those living in the facility.

Pat was a great wife, mom and Mamaw. She was the matriarch of a large, wonderful, and loving family. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends and was always willing to help anyone that was in need.

She loved spending time with her family and playing Bingo in her spare time. Your memory is my keepsake, with which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. You will be loved forever.

Also preceding her in death were her husband, Robert Hicks; and sisters and brothers, Louise Fontalbert, Garnet Campbell, Phyllis Hammonds, Roselia Dunlap, Judy Hicks, Sharon Fleming, George Conley Jr. and Larry Conley.

Surviving are her daughters, Theresa (Steve) Short, and Tamara Hicks, all of Witcher; grandchildren, Robby (Amy) Hicks, Michael (Julie) Hicks, Steve Allen (Ashley) Short, Robert Allen Hicks and Kevin (Shana) Hicks; great-grandchildren, Tylar, Lucas, Maddie, Molly, Gracie and Levi; along with many nieces, nephews and many friends whom she loved very much.

Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Denny Dodson officiating.

To send online condolences, or sign the guest book, please visit the website at

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Robin Lee Johnson

Robin Lee Johnson, of Mount Olive, was born July 25, 1975, daughter of the late Garnet Scott and Beaulah Blake Scott. She died Jan. 18, 2021 peacefully at home after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Rodney Scott.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Carmalena “Carmie” (Timothy) Fields of Mount Olive; son, Scott (Christina) Johnson of Mount Olive; six grandchildren, Andrew Johnson, Summer Proctor, Merissa Simpson, Brandon Harville, Hunter Harville and Jason Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Autumn Proctor, Caralena Lockard and Grayson Allen Pennington (on his way); sisters, Shirley McNabb of Smithers, Patsy Hapner, Bonitta Huebner and Sharon Hapner, all of Indiana, and Cora Parker of Glasgow; brother, Roger Scott of Boomer; and several nieces and nephews.

Robin was a wonderful mother, grandmother and mother-in-law and she will be missed by her family deeply.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later time.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Nancy Kay Jones

Nancy Kay Jones, age 67, of Kanawha County, joined her mother, Phyllis Thomas, and father, Lovell Jones, in heaven on Jan. 13, 2021.

Surviving: children, Priscilla Shuster, Ardana Jones, Richard Jones (Niki), Anissa Jones and Steven Jones; brothers and sisters, Herb Wilkinson, Carol Mullins (Gary), Aubrey Jones, Rick Jones (Angie), Thomas Jones (Eileen), Teresa Phillips (Shawn), John Jones, Kevin Bunch (Margaret) and Jay Bunch; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Jan. 16 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Hazel Cash Keener

Mary Hazel Cash Keener, 82, of Lizemores, entered into rest on Jan. 13, 2021. 

She was born on May 11, 1938, daughter of the late Bertha and Clarence Cash. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Anna May DeMoss, Robert Cash, Ferris Cash, Clarence Cash and Howard Cash. 

Mary is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dana Earl Keener; brother, Jerry (Penny) Cash of Widen; sons, Michael (Lisa) Cash of Clay, Allen (Penny) Keener of Fola and Wayne (Teresa) Keener of Lizemores; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 

Mary was a faithful member of the Lizemores Church of the Nazarene and served as a Sunday school teacher over a span of 40 years. She was “Mammaw Mary” to everyone she knew, and to know her was to love her. 

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45 NKJV).

Graveside service was Jan. 18 at Coen Cemetery in Calhoun County with Minister Robert Thomas officiating. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

John Lavender Jr.

John Lavender Jr., age 84, of Chelyan, died Jan. 20, 2021.

He was born April 27, 1936 at Winifrede, the son of the late John Sr. and Lula Mae Lavender.

He was retired from Kroger Company at Marmet and was a longtime member of Trout Unlimited.

He was a member of the Food Store Employees Union and he was a graduate of East Bank High School and an engineering graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery.

Surviving is his most cherished and loving family: daughter, Tammy Sue Lavender (Keith Jones) of Chelyan; grandchildren, Keith Jones Jr., Sara Black (Bear) and Kristin Jones; great-grandchildren, Madeline, Joshua, Nicholas, Coraline and Cameron; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Service was Jan. 26 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. James Baldwin officiating. Private family burial followed in Marmet Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Lou Lyttle

Mary Lou Lyttle, 72, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and formerly of Twenty-Mile, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 21, 2021, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Hopkinsville.

Born July 25, 1948 in Vaughn, she was the daughter of the late Sammie and Erma Brown.

Lucy also was preceded in death by brothers, Richard and Danny Brown; son, Brian Lyttle; and daughter, Myra Mullins.

Lucy retired from Summersville Memorial Hospital in 2014 and moved to Hopkinsville.

She was passionate about gardening, crafts, trying new recipes, sewing, interior design and decorating.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Shannon (Jermese) Hathorn of Hopkinsville and Samantha Dawson of Twenty-Mile; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother, Edward (Betty) Brown of Ringgold, Georgia; sisters, Dixie (Lonnie) Strickland of Summersville and Kay Jerrell of Granville; nieces and nephews; and best friend, Debbie Halstead.

Funeral was Jan. 26 at Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. The service was broadcast live on Shannon Lyttle Hathorn’s Facebook.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

William “Bill” Monroe Massey

William “Bill” Monroe Massey, age 63, of Chelyan, passed away on Dec. 29, 2020.

He was born June 25, 1957 at Mahan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville “Cecil” Sr. and Myrtle Massey; and brothers, Frazier Wayne and Larry Paul Massey.

Bill loved hunting, fishing, ginsenging and being with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Melissa Kidd Massey; son, William Massey II; daughter, Candice (Mike) Hilleary; stepson, Corey (Britney) Lanham; stepdaughter, Ashley (Bobby) Lanham; granddaughters, Abby, Mckenzie, Madilyn, Brooklyn, Khloe, Addison, Peyton and Naveah; grandsons, Aiden, Caleb, Kendall and Bobby Jr.; and siblings, Marleen (Frank) Kees, Arlie (Margaret) Massey, Priscilla (Floyd) Conley, Orville Massey Jr., Merrell Messick, Chris King, Norie Massey and Carol Belton.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Julian P. Morris

Julian P. Morris, 85, of St. Albans, formerly of Mt. Carbon, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2021.

He was born in Cannelton, son of the late Harry and Verna Rhodes Morris.

He also was preceded in death by wife of 54 years, Madelyn A. Morris; brothers, Harry, Franklin and Robert; and sisters, Juanita and infant Ivie.

The loved ones left to honor his memory are daughters, Sheree Welch (Denver) of Ripley and Kelly Boothe of St. Albans; son, Mike Morris (Kelly) of Mt. Carbon; grandsons, Bryan Horne (Mary) and Steve Horne (Jennifer), all of Ripley, and Isaac Boothe of St. Albans; great-grandchildren, Haley, James, Brody and Blake; great-great-grandchildren, Journee and Weston; many nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Julian was a retired union coal miner for District 17 at Cedar Coal Company and owned multiple businesses with his brothers and nephews through the years.

He served as Sunday school superintendent at both Elkridge Community Church and Open Bible Temple. In most recent years he attended WV Home Missions in Nitro and Higher Ground Christian Fellowship.

He enjoyed Nascar, traveling, spending time with the grandkids, and telling stories with his friends.

His homegoing celebration was Jan. 19 at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery with Pastor David Bragg and Pastor Rod Nicholas officiating. Entombment followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Roy Edward “Buck” Petry Jr.

Roy Edward “Buck” Petry Jr. passed away Jan. 2, 2021 from Covid-19 complications at CAMC General.

Roy graduated from East Bank High School and West Virginia Tech with a mathematics degree.

Roy worked at Kroger, Bell Lines and Smith Transfer. He then began teaching at DuPont Junior High/DuPont Middle, retiring in 2004.

Roy was a member of Belle Church of the Nazarene where he served as the church treasurer for 40+ years.

Roy was born Aug. 16, 1941 to Roy and Gladys Petry of Comfort, who preceded him in death, as did his sister, Patricia Gail Petry. Roy was also predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Rita Marlene Petry on Sept. 22, 2020.

He is survived by his children, Christel (Jimmy) Mize, Cheryl (Joe) Walker and Shawn Petry. Roy is also survived by sisters, Joyce (Donald) Estep and Kay (Boyd) Hill; sister-in-law, Linda Cooper, and brother-in-law, Larry Cooper.  He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Mackenzie (Aaron) Spencer, Mallorie Mize, James and A. King and Aubrey Petry. He was also blessed with four bonus grandchildren: Jacob, Colin, Olivia and Dylan Walker. Roy leaves behind a multitude of family members and friends.

Service was held Jan. 6 at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle. Interment was in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

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Harold Hansford Pritt

Harold Hansford Pritt, age 84, of Kimberly, died Jan. 8, 2021 at home.

He was born July 22, 1936 at Bell Creek, the son of the late Hansford Arch and Janettie Tucker Pritt. He was the last living sibling and eighth child of his family.

He was retired from Cannelton Coal Company and a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America.

He was a trustee at the Open Door Community Church in Powellton and lived in Kimberly since 1967. Harold was most proud of accepting Christ and being baptized in 1960 and he was a very loving and giving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and friend.

Surviving is his wife of 64 years, Greta Nichols Pritt; children, Gary Pritt of Kimberly, Marilyn Pritt (Ricky) of Mt. Carbon, Wilma Polk of Oak Hill and Harold Pritt Jr. of Kimberly; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Dave Fox of Beckley.

Service was Jan. 14 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Pastor Francis officiating. Burial followed in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Margaret Sue Riddle

Margaret Sue Riddle, 73, of Belle, passed away Jan. 15, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Division Hospice.

She was a member of Esta Memorial Baptist Church and loved to knit and to read.

Preceding her in death were her father, James King; and mother, Ernestine King Withrow.

Surviving is her husband, Charles F. Riddle; brothers, James A. King Jr. of North Carolina, Ronnie Withrow of Cross Lanes and Kenny Withrow of Florida; and sisters, Marsha Angel of Tennessee, Juanita Carrier of Nitro and Patricia Ann Simmons of Dunbar.

Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Randy Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Witcher Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Daniel Eugene Sears

Daniel Eugene Sears, 66, of Dixie, went home to be with Jesus on Jan. 4, 2021.

Born on Sept. 27, 1954 he was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Edna Thomas Sears; brothers, Robert and Roger; and sister, Debra. 

Daniel is survived by his wife, Sheila Sears; sons, Timothy (Julie) Sears, Joshua (Leah) and Neal (Stephanie) Sears; grandchildren, Megan, Mason, Hailey, Levi, Ethan and Carter Sears; adopted grandchildren, Colton and Hunter Thacker; brother, James Sears; and sisters, Martha Perry and Patricia Engstrom. 

Danny served as pastor for many years, most recently at Jodie Baptist Church. He loved serving the Lord and loved his church family.

Danny loved all his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as friends. 

Due to virus restrictions a private funeral was held for family. A memorial service will be held later in the year when all those that loved Danny can gather and pay their respects safely. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington-Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Allen Ray Shumaker

Allen Ray Shumaker, 71, of Belle, passed away Jan. 21, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

He was a retired appliance repairman.

Surviving are his son, Chris Shumaker (Nina) of Dunbar; daughters, Shawna Fisher and Amanda Shumaker, all of Dunbar; brother, John Shumaker of Shrewsbury; sisters, Linda Hatfield and Sharon Shumaker Bowen, both of North Carolina; grandchildren, Kayla Fisher, Bryce, Austin, Nahla and Josie Shumaker, Cierra and Savannah Pourfarhadi, and Hailo Wright; and great-granddaughter, Ellie Buckley.

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

To send online condolences, or sign the guest book, please visit the website at

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Catherine (Katie) Josephine Belcastro Stamper

One of God’s righteous has been called home. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil 4:4).

Katie was born to Mary Acuri Belcastro and Joseph Belcastro of Smithers on March 6, 1922 in Boomer. She died at her home in Cary, North Carolina, on Jan. 8, 2021, with her daughter Brenda, her granddaughter Erin, grandson Geoffrey, as well as her caretaker Juanita Williams at her side.

During her hospital stay, her son, Larry, kept a constant vigil by her bedside. Katie sat straight up in her bed and her eyes grew large as she saw and entered the majesty of Heaven into the safety of her Savior’s arms.

Katie graduated from Montgomery High School and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology where she studied history. Before she married, she worked as a bookkeeper for physicians and at furniture stores.

Katie married Homer Stamper of eastern Kentucky. Homer was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the Pacific Theater and at Iwo Jima during World War II, as well as serving in Korea.

Homer was the son of Daniel Stamper and Lilly Hicks Stamper. Katie and Homer had three children: Brenda, Larry, and Jeanette.

Katie devoted her life to her strong faith, her family, and her neighbors. Her kitchen supplied so many meals that it was nicknamed “Katie’s Kitchen” as if it were a restaurant. Her spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, pizza, and holiday fare were legendary. Katie fed not only her family, but also anyone who entered her door. As her mother before her, no one left Katie’s Kitchen hungry.

Katie was also famous for her gardens. Her large back yard in Montgomery held immense vegetable gardens, which supplied her household as well as her neighbors’ cupboards.

In her earlier years, she and her husband, Homer, along with her sister, Rosie, and brother-in-law, Bernard Thompson, had extensive vegetable plots in Pratt, along the Kanawha River. Katie was also an expert at canning and freezing her produce.

Katie held faith dear. Before she was five years of age, she walked, along with her grandmother, Maria, and her sister, Connie, to attend Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Montgomery every Sunday. Katie completed her Bible study courses and her First Friday Devotions at that same church. Lenten services for her were a must.

Every Friday night during the school year, Katie sat down at the kitchen table with her children to prepare them for the Catechism classes for the following day. She would simultaneously talk on the telephone with her sister, Connie, assisting her nieces and nephews in their preparation. Katie’s favorite Bible verse was “…with God, all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). She diligently prayed her Rosary and wore out her prayer books interceding for family, friends, and the situations of the world. She was a prayer intercessor with a compassionate heart. St. Jude, the saint of impossible situations, was her favorite saint, as she indeed faced many difficult life situations in her life journey. Monsignor Williams of the Archdiocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, was her spiritual director while she lived in Cary.

Katie was a consummate wife and mother. Often she studied with and assisted her children in their academic endeavors. When her children were in college, she helped her son, Larry, in his English classes and her daughter, Brenda, in her French class. Katie packed lunches for her daughter, Jeanette, each day as Jeanette travelled to Charleston to attend cosmetology school. For many years, Katie nursed her husband who was afflicted with black lung disease. She also helped Brenda through two difficult pregnancies. In addition, Katie was always available to help Jeanette and her husband, Fran, in rearing their children. She was absolutely selfless in her devotion to her family.

Katie is survived by her children, Brenda Stamper Wiggins of Cary and Larry and his wife, Paula Stamper, of Glen Dale; sister, Teresa Holstein of Spring, Texas; son-in-law, Francis DiVita; grandchildren, Erin and her husband, Christopher Ellington, Branden DiVita, Geoffrey Wiggins, Chase and Kenica DiVita, Benjamin DiVita, and Maddeline, Katherine, and Rachel Stamper; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, Homer Stamper; her parents, Mary and Joseph Belcastro; her daughter, Jeanette Stamper DiVita; her brothers, John, Sam, Nick and Pat; and her sisters, Isobel, Connie, Rosie and Serafina.

Visitation with Katie’s family was held at O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery on Jan. 14. Visitation at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boomer was held Jan. 15, with the Mass of Christian burial following. Katie was buried beside her husband at Kanawha Valley Memorial Garden in Glasgow. Father Dominikus Boak, S.V.D., and Deacon John Yaquinta, her nephew, officiated the services.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Nicholas Stone

Nicholas Stone, 85, of Robson, passed from this life to his eternal home on Jan. 23, 2021.

He was born in Lizemore on Sept. 27, 1935, son of the late William Bryant and Donna Mae Jones Stone. Along with his parents, he was also predeceased by four siblings.

He attended the Hughes Creek Community Church where he sang in the choir and was a soloist. He was also a member of the Happy Harmony Trio.

He was retired from Mountaineer Manufacturing, Smithers, and also worked for Marathon Coal Bit Company and was the owner of Armstrong Creek Machine Shop.

In his past time, he enjoyed woodworking and loved cutting grass.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Wood Stone; son, Roland Stone and wife Wanda of Robson; grandchildren, Keri Lynn Riedel, David Aaron Stone and William Jacob Stone; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Jack Stone of Lizemore and Mike Stone of Elyria, Ohio; sisters, Nell Jean Simpson of Montrose, Georgia, Leatrice Nichols of Lizemore, Nadine Brown of Belva and Brenda Carver of Glen Ferris.

Service was Jan. 27 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Gary H. Tucker officiating. Entombment followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Mahoney Winebrenner

Mary Mahoney Winebrenner, of Gauley Bridge, died Jan. 20, 2021.

Born July 15, 1941, she was the daughter of the late William and Agnes Murphy Mahoney.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Eileen Winebrenner.

Mary is survived by her husband, Allen Winebrenner of Gauley Bridge; brother, John Mahoney of Adrian, Michigan; sister-in-law, Trudy (Dick) Bardes of Clifton, Virginia; brother-in-law, Mark Winebrenner of Gauley Bridge; nephews, John Mahoney Jr. of Adrian and Michael Mahoney of Round Lake, Illinois.

A memorial service and burial of ashes will be held at a later date at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Pennington Smith Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Wayne Allen Woodson

Wayne Allen Woodson, age 32, of Paint Creek, passed away Jan. 3, 2021.

Wayne Allen is survived by his three children; mother, Trenda Estep of Paint Creek; sisters, Felicia (Rodney) Pomeroy of Standard and Holly McClung of Paint Creek; grandmothers, Evelyn Woodson of Gallagher and Doris Estep Milam of Arnett; he is also survived by his niece Marissa and nephews Rodney and Ashton Pomeroy of Standard.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Woodson, and grandfathers, Garnel Woodson and Elmer Estep.

Due to Covid-19 the family will have a private service and no graveside service at this time.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

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