Martin B. Craigo
Martin Burdette "Jimmy" Craigo, 84, of Poca died February 6, 2006, at home.
He was born September 27, 1921 and was a son of the late Rev. Simon A. and Vonnie Blake Craigo.
After teaching for 29 years, he retired from the Virginia Board of Education. He was as a cabinetmaker for American Woodmark. He attended Bancroft Church of God Mission. He served as a boatswain's mate first class in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1949 and was presented with several commendations and honors: The Pacific Campaign, European-African, Middle Eastern and American.
Surviving: wife, Marcella Sanson Craigo; children, Anthony B. Craigo of Frisco, North Carolina, Teresa C. Humphreys of Glen Rose, Texas, and M. Thomas Craigo and wife, Lucy Adams, of Manassas, Virginia; stepdaughters, Brenda J. Wolfe of Cross Lanes, Mary F. Hacker, Patricia A. Gibson and Sandra M. Reedy and husband, Jerry, all of Poca; sister, Laura Nelson of Knoxville, Tennessee; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
Service was held Friday, February 10, 2006, at Bancroft Church of God Mission with Pastor Earl Cochran, the Rev. Ralph Workman and Frank Allen Jr. officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House with military honors. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar WV 25064, or Forgotten Hero Fund, PO Box 13488, Tampa FL 33681-3483.
Maxine L. Workman
Maxine L. Workman, 86, of Hurricane died February 6, 2006.
She was retired from Ben Franklin in Nitro and was a member of Rock Branch Independent Church.
She was the daughter of the late Herbert C. Landers and Alda Bailey Landers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Brady Workman, brothers, infant Chad, Rex, Eugene, Check and Glen Landers, and sisters, infant Margaret, Louise Ferrell and Ruby Gibson.
Surviving: children, Doris Allison Null and husband, Kermit, of Hurricane, Malvin M. Allison and wife, Ellen, of West Covina, California, James E. Allison and wife, Lelit, of Kissimmee, Florida; sister, Mary E. Mathes of Nitro; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
Service was held Friday, February 10, 2006, at Rock Branch Independent Church with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating,. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Rock Branch Independent Church, 133 Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro WV 25143.
Lewis Ray Wears
Lewis Ray Wears, 67, of Pliny died Saturday, February 4, 2006, in Orlando Regional Hospital, Orlando, Florida.
He was a retired construction superintendent for Famco Inc., Huntington, and a former employee of Ken Dunn Construction. He was a member of Mount Union United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Pliny.
Surviving: his wife of 46 years, Carletta Kerns Wears; sons, Franklin R. Wears of Morgantown and Calvin E. Wears of Shinnston; sisters, Florence McCoy of Southside and Lorraine Barbour of Columbus, Ohio; granddaughters, Cortney, Carly and Rachel; grandsons, Joshua, Andy, Travis and Aaron; great-grandson, Brayden.
Service was held Saturday, February 11, 2006, at Mount Union United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Roush and the Rev. Bobby Woods officiating. Burial was in Mount Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Mount Union United Methodist Church, Pliny WV 25802.
Thelma V. Nicholas
Thelma Virginia Nicholas, 80, of Buffalo, formerly of Clay County, died February 8, 2006, at home.
Born August 17, 1925 at Ivydale, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Alva Nicholas.
She was a homemaker.
Surviving: sons, Earl Walls Jr. of Windham, Ohio, Jimmy and Mike Walls, both of Buffalo; daughters, Judy Hammonds of Buffalo, Frances Robertson of Ravenna, Ohio, Elizabeth Ann Bird of Nitro, and Wanda Kovar of Ravenna; brothers, Doy Nicholas of Powellton, Charles Nicholas of Duck, Elwood Nicholas of Cleveland, Ohio, Lionel Nicholas of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, and Donald May of Duck; sisters, Nettie Nicholas of Duck, Lula Cadle of Chloe, and Elizabeth Thomasson of Hurricane; sister-in-law, Idella Nicholas of Leivasy; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
Service was held Sunday, February 12, 2006, at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Rodney Nicholas officiating. Burial was in Clay Memorial Gardens.
Marcella Lovejoy Thacker, 78, of Hurricane died Thursday, February 9, 2006, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
Born June 12, 1927 in Hurricane, she was the daughter of the late Charley and Margaret Burdette Lovejoy. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cline C. Thacker, and sister, Frances Sowards.
She was retired fro the Putnam County Board of Education with 29 years of service.
Surviving: daughter and son-in-law, Karen J. and David Williams of Eleanor; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce C. and Jane Thacker of Hurricane; brother, Jimmy Lovejoy of North Carolina; sisters, Reba Vance of Pt. Pleasant and Rosalee Thacker of Hurricane; granddaughters, Tracy Thacker of Hurricane and Teresa Flowers of Roanoke, Virginia.
Service was held Sunday, February 12, 2006, at Chapman Funeral home, Teays Valley with Him McGehee officiating. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane.
Fayanna McCray Howard
Fayanna McCray Howard, 83, of Buffalo died February 10, 2006, at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born January 31, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Fred C. and Frances W. Yates. She was also preceded in death by her former husband, Herbert James McCray. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Buffalo Shopping Center with 40 years of service, and a member of the Buffalo Untied Methodist Church, where she served on several committees. She was an avid gardener and loved to read. Surviving: husband, Richard W. Howard; daughter, Linda J. Schroeder and husband, Bud, of Coral Gables, Florida; son, Patrick McCray of Buffalo; stepdaughters, Susan Howard and Karen Burdette, both of Buffalo; brothers, Fred Ray Yates of Crab Orchard; sister, Edith Jane Riffe of Crab Orchard; grandchildren, Andrea Martin and husband, Chris, of Shanghai, China, Laura Schroeder of Coral Gables, Nathan McCray and Benjamin McCray, both of Hurricane; great-grandson, Aidan Martin of Shanghai, China; four step-grandchildren. Service was held Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at Buffalo Untied Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Waller and the Rev. Jay Parkins officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.
Ronald William Bevans
Ronald William Bevans, 68, of Milton, died Saturday, January 28, 2006 at St. Mary's Medical Center. Memorial services were conducted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville. He is survived by his wife, Glinda Adams Bevans; one daughter, Veronica Bevans; three sons, Jonathan Adams, Mark Bevans, Ronald Bevans; grandchildren, Caitlyn Keesee, Timothy Bevans, Michael Bevans; and two great-grandchildren.
Reba D. Kinnard
Reba D. Kinnard, 76, of Huntington, formerly of Milton died Saturday, January 28, 2006, in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at Henson Mortuary by Dr. David Lemming. Interment in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glennie and Virgie Alford Fizer; her husband, Lawnie Kinnard; a son, Michael Kinnard and a brother, Charles Fizer. She had been employed by Shoney's. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Stephanie Kinnard of Huntington; granddaughters Meagan Kinnard of Huntington and Jennifer Harrison of Barboursville; great-granddaughter, Makaela Kinnard of Huntington and Ashton Harrison of Barboursville; special cousin Phyllis Hickman of Milton; sister-in-law Jewell Stewart of Milton and brother Odell Fizer of Milton.
Gregory Lyle Mann
Gregory Lyle Mann, 43, of Milton, W.Va., died Monday, January 30, 2006. He was born August 11, 1962, in Logan, W.Va., beloved son of Lyle and Roberta Bell Mann of Milton. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Valerie and her husband Todd Van Houten of Orlando, Fla.; his grandmother, Virginia Perry Bell of Barboursville; his aunts and uncles, Loretta Sue and Jim Richards of Barboursville, Connie and Gary McLaughlin of Charleston, Marlene Parsons of Manassas, Va., Patricia and Larry Stollings of Ona, Judy Mann of Barboursville, Janice Mann of Huntington, William (Bill) and Ruth Bell of Ona, Walter and Verda Mae Mann of Ravenswood; and special friends Ralph and Arlene Clay, Steve Bradbury, and Christy Woods. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kermie B. Bell and Thomas and Jessie Mann. He was a 1981 graduate of Milton High School. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 3, 2006 at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, by Minister Danny Evans. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.
Phillip Corydon Duff
Phillip Corydon Duff, 80, of Barboursville, W.Va., passed away January 27, 2006. Memorial services were conducted Friday, February 3, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church, Barboursville, by the Rev. Judy Fisher. Mr. Duff was born May 13, 1925, in Huntington, a son of the late Alphonso and Shirley McCallister Duff. Mr. Duff was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and served during World War II. Mr. Duff was attached to the 5th Marine Division as a medical corpsman where he served at Iwo Jima. Mr. Duff was with the 28th Marine outfit that raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi. Mr. Duff was awarded the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Mr. Duff was wounded in battle on Iwo Jima. After recovering, he returned to the 5th Marine Division for the occupation of Japan. Upon his return, he attended West Liberty College and graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1951. Mr. Duff had a law practice in Huntington. The most fulfilling aspect of his career was assisting returning veterans in acquisition of VA benefits. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Abigail Corydon Schanz, his sister, Helen Earlewine and one brother, James Duff.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Darrah Duff, four daughters, Kathleen Duff Bradley and her husband Tom of University Park, Md., Rebecca Duff Close and her husband Dick of Cincinnati, Ohio, Penelope Duff Wetterau and her husband John of Dexter, Mich., and Cynthia Duff Byers and her husband, Ben of Powell, Ohio; three sisters, Ginevra Nicholson of Wheeling, Patricia Harris of Rock Hill, S.C., and Frances Hehle of Hampton, Va.; five grandchildren, Alix Bradley, Andy Bradley, Emily Close, Jane Wetterau and Mike Wetterau. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, Dunbar Office, 1221A Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.
Mary Francis McDonie Lewis
Mary Francis McDonie Lewis, 84 of Barboursville, widow of Silas Lewis, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 30, 2006, in Home Sweet Home personal care home. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, February 2, 2006, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Wayne Brammer. Burial in Blue Sulphur Cemetery. She was born February 11, 1921, in Milton, a daughter of the late Sidney and Agnes Jones McDonie. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Lonnie ( Buck) McDonie, Woodrow (Woody) McDonie, William (Drake) McDonie, and Charles Bias. She is survived by three sons, Jerry (Sandy) of Nitro, Don (Carolyn) of Ona, and Bill (Debbie) of Barboursville; one daughter, Judy (Paul) Jordan of Oxford, Ga.; one sister, Dosha Thompson of Hurricane; one brother, James Bias of Huntington; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jonathan Gillispie, Tom Lewis, Larry McGlothin, Richie Thompson, Frank Staggs and Charles Wells.
Bernard Ray Hunt
Bernard Ray Hunt, 81, of Barboursville, died Monday, January 30, 2006 in St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 3, 2006 at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church, Barboursville; burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Steele Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund.