Deloris Ann Black Jacks Egnor
Deloris Ann Black Jacks Egnor, 68, of Culloden, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord Saturday, January 28, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 3, 2006, at the Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, by Pastor Jack Mayes of Cross Roads Baptist Church, Huntington, W.Va., of which she was a member. She was born February 20, 1937, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late William Woodrow Black and Viola Kissinger Black. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 22 years, the Rev. B. Clee Egnor; a son, Calvin Randall "Randy" Jacks and his friend Bonnie Lowry of Benson, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Charlie Young of Culloden; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kathy Egnor of Columbus, Ohio, a stepson, Donald Egnor of Proctorville, Ohio; a stepdaughter, LeeAnna Egnor of Youngstown, Ohio; a grandson, Nicholas Garret Young of Culloden, W.Va.; a grandson and his wife Travis and Jessi Egnor of Nashville, Tenn.; and granddaughters Marcie, Rachel and Lisa Egnor. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Calvin Leon Jacks; brother Joe Max Black; and a stepson, Eric D. Egnor. She is also survived by her brothers, Jackie Lee (Sue) Black of Albany, Ga.; William Woodrow "Woody" (Elly) Black Jr. of Temperance, Mich.; Gary Black of Las Vegas, Nev.; Roger Keith Lindee) Black of Sheridan, Wyo.; sisters Marsha (David) Laverty of Thomasville, N.C.; Nancy (Sal) Gonzalas of Toledo, Ohio; Donna (Bill) Grimmett of Orlando, Fla.; Merla (Dan) Drause of Lake Placid, Fla.; a special friend, Ann Smith Wood of Ashland, Ky., and a host of nieces and nephews. She graduated from the Cabell County Vo-Tech Center in 1974 with a degree in nursing. She dedicated 25 years of service as a Licensed Practical Nurse on 2 South Towers at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Bernard Ray Hunt
Bernard Ray Hunt, 81, of Barboursville, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 30, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Friday, February 3, 2006, at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church by Dr. Ed Grant and the Rev. Ralph Sager. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. He was born October 31, 1924, in the Ceredo and Kenova area, a son of the late Oscar Marcellus Hunt and Zelda Lettie Moss Hunt. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen "Kitty" Black and Dorthea Trainer. He retired from Columbia Gas Company and was a member of Steele Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy on the USS Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Nadine Dora Meadows Hunt; one daughter, Pamela Lee Hunt of Barboursville; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Susan Hunt of Yardley, Pa., and Jeffrey and Krista Hunt of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Betty Hibner of Huntington; one brother, William Hunt of South Point, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Jessica Ryan Hunt, Ashley Lauren Hunt and Christopher Victor Hunt. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Steele Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Michael Edward Adkins
Michael Edward Adkins, 35, of Branchland, W.Va., passed away January 24, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 29, 2006, at the Wallace Home & Chapel. Burial in Adkins Cemetery. He was born March 19, 1970, in Huntington Beach, Calif. He is the son of Theodore and Phyllis Reuter of Virginia. He is the adoptive son of Geraldine Crum Adkins of Branchland, and the late George Adkins. Also surviving are his wife, Donna Adkins; two daughters, Ashly Ramsey of Kitts Hill, Ohio, and Michelle Adkins at home; sisters Kim Hester and Mary Thomason; brothers Gene Adkins, Greg Adkins, Federico Cobo and Tony Cobo; and his mother-in-law, Lillian Kukuloff.
Julia Audrey Arthur
Julia Audrey Arthur, 87, of Milton went home to be with her Lord, Thursday, January 26, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 29, 2006, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with the Rev. Caudle Adkins officiating. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. Audrey was born February 28, 1918, in Mason County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Earl Wine and Missouri Ann Edmonds Alford. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Archie Woodrow Arthur; six brothers, Thomas Alford, Earl Alford Jr., Richard “Dick” Alford, Paul Alford, Milton “Stub” Alford and William “Bill” Alford; two sisters, Mable Byrd and Lois “Perk” Davis. Audrey is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Archie Cleo and Shirley Arthur; two daughters and one son-in-law, Doris Ann and John Holley and Naoma Jean Stowasser; six grandchildren, Katrina Chapman, Debbie Spurlock, Dwight Arthur, Donna Allen, Kevin Stowasser and Melissa Ellis; 13 great-grandchildren, Christopher Chapman, Bethany Hayes, Christopher Abrams, Brandon Arthur, Chasity Hutchinson, Joshua Hutchinson, Shyanne Allen, Tabitha Allen, Tuesday Allen, Brianna Stowasser, Ashley Luker, Kimberly Luker and Hailey Ellis; one great- great-grandson, Camron Luker; two sisters Eva “Tootle” Holley and Charlene Null; three brothers, Forest Alford, Herbert Alford and Wendell Alford.
Thomas E. Burriss
Thomas E. Burris, 48, of Barboursville, husband of Kimberly Colvin Burriss, died Friday, January 27, 2006 at home. He was assistant shift superintendent for CSX. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 30, 2006 at Evans Funeral Home, Raceland, Ky.
Charles C. Woodard
Charles C. Woodard, 76, of Milton died Friday, January 27, 2006, at his residence. He was born May 22, 1929, to the late Charlie and Ilma Woodard. He was retired from J.E. Clagg Lumber Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son and three sisters. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Betty Woodard; six children, Barbara Meadows, Bud Woodard and Frank Woodard, all of Milton, Freddie Woodard of Paducah, Ky., Everette Woodard of Culloden and Hazel Nance of Willow Wood, Ohio; three brothers, Jack, William and Buck Woodard, all of Milton; four sisters, Mary and Beverly Woodard of Milton, Pat Woodard of Scott Depot and Elsie Wroton of St. Albans; and five grandchildren, Jason, Andrea, Joshua, Michael J. and Zalina. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 30, 2006, at Allen Funeral Home, with the Rev. Don Reynolds officiating. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton, W.Va.
David Max Browning
David Max Browning, 75, of Barboursville will be sadly missed and always loved by many. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 28, 2006, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by Pastor Rick Glass and Pastor Daniel Beaver. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. He was Dean on October 22, 1930, in Cabell County, West Virginia, a son of the late Alfred and Garnett Hinchman Browning. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean War. He retired from Kroger. He was a member of Elmwood Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by one son, Max Delain Browning; and two brothers, Paul Alfred Browning and Jack Browning. He is survived by his wife, Emma Lee Wines Browning; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Tim Childers and Trena and George Calanderos, all of Barboursville; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bill Wentz of Grayson, Ky.; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Browning of Ceredo; three grandchildren, Chelsea Stevens, Victoria and Nicco Calanderos; and his mother-in-law, Beatrice Wines. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709.
Lester Eugene “Sam” Childers
Lester Eugene “Sam” Childers, 75, of Portland, Tenn., formerly of Barboursville, died Monday, January 23, 2006, in Skyline Medical Center, Nashville. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Henson Mortuary. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. He was born October 21, 1930, in Barboursville, a son of the late Oscar and Stella Mae Rayburn Childers. He retired from Houdaille Industries in Huntington and Fleet Designs in Portland. He is survived by his wife, Joann Church Childers; sons Robert Childers and his wife Kathy of Milton, James Childers and his wife Dee of Huntington, Steve Childers and his wife Debbie of Portland, Ohio and Tony Childers and his wife Cindy of Cross Plains, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Templeton of Huntington; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Masons for 30 years.
Arthur Nelson, 88, beloved husband of Pearl Ramey Nelson, of Barboursville, W.Va., went to his heavenly home Monday, January 23, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, January 26, 2006, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Jeff Sizemore and the Rev. Charles Markin. Burial in Ramey Family Cemetery. He was born January 22, 1918, in Barboursville, W.Va., and was the son of the late Pearly and Dora Smith Nelson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, served during World War II and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a retired employee of the State of West Virginia as a maintenance supervisor. He was a member and former deacon of Bloomingdale-Salem Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by brothers, Alvin Nelson, Sherman Nelson and Luther Nelson and sisters, Alice Peyton and Eveleen Nelson and two special great-grandchildren, twins Joseph Wayne Smith and Andrea Francine Smith. He is survived by his wife, Pearl Ramey Nelson; two daughters, Clara Jean Markin and her husband Charles of Salt Rock, and Wanda Kay Billups and special friend Jim Bockway of Chesapeake, Ohio; two special grandsons, Michael Shawn Billups and his wife Tisha, and Charles Anthony Markin III and his wife Katrina; two special granddaughters, Teresa Ann Smith and her husband Gary, and Deanna Kay Shepherd and her husband Jerry; five special great-granddaughters, Candice Billups, Kaydee Shepherd, Breanna Nicole Thompson, Lucinda Mae Smith and Kimberlee Fay Shepherd; two sisters, Sylvia Sheffey and Elsie Linville; one brother, Gordon Nelson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A thank you to Frances Morrison, friend and niece for being there when needed. Military graveside services were conducted by Veterans Honor Guard. The family would like to give special thanks to Mariner Nursing Home and its many caregivers for their wonderful care of Arthur and to Hospice of Huntington.
“Don’t weep for me my dear ones, I’ve not gone very far, Gently, angels all around me took me by the hand, and led me to a garden in a beautiful golden land, everywhere was shining lovely to behold, I felt a peace I’ve never known, wrapped in their arms as they took me home. I wish to thank you, everyone for all your love and care, just knowing you were with me and the happy times we shared. I will never leave you ever I will be at the softest sigh, in the gentle summer breezes and the clouds in a morning sky. Yes, I will be with you forever as long as there is love, then one day we’ll be together in God’s home above.”
Naomi Hightower, 63, of Salt Rock, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2006, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at the Baylous Cemetery by the Rev. David Cardwell. She was born March 19, 1942, in Cabell County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Luther and Lona Browning Beckett. She is survived by her husband, Bernard Hightower; one daughter, Anne Hightower of Chesapeake, Ohio; one son and daughter-in-law, B-Ray Hightower and Linda of Salt Rock; two sisters, Linda Webb of Marysville, Ohio, and Lenore Pratt of Branchland, W.Va.; two brothers, James Edward “Bud” Beckett of Shepherd, Texas, and Larry Beckett of Salt Rock, W.Va.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Wallace Funeral Home and Chapel, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements.
Lucinda “Sinda” Mills Lester
Lucinda “Sinda” Mills Lester, 94, of Barboursville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 21, 2006. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at the Wallace Funeral Home and Chapel by Elder Delmer Adkins. Burial in Green Valley Cemetery. She was born August 25, 1911, in Wayne County, a daughter of the late Thomas Garland and Tennessee Adkins Mills. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wetzel Lester Sr., one daughter, Stella Holley, two sons, Charlie and Hariam Lee Lester, one brother, Jessie Mills, two sisters, Lena Mills and Norma Adkins, two grandchildren, Roger McClellan and Charlotte Blake, three great grandchildren, Barbara “Barbie” Gibson, Daniel Anthony Marcum II, and Jimmy Lynn Blake and one great-great grandchild, Mollie Smith. She was a member of Bowen Ridge Church and was a homemaker. She and her husband had nine children and they raised them with the food they grew and worked from their land. She loved working on her flowers the most and did so till she was 93 years old. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tennessee and Acie Farley of Barboursville where she lived her last days and was taken care of with love and Norma and Lowell Godfrey of Amherst, Ohio; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Ottie and Helen Lester, Wetzel and Dorothy Lester Jr., Roger “Whitt” and Jewell Lester all of Huntington, Lonnie and Charlotte Lester of Culloden and Thurman Lester of Columbus, OH; two brothers, Whitt Mills of Huntington and Garland “Tucker” Mills of Kenova; twenty-four grandchildren,
63 great-grandchildren and 64 great- great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Randy Lester, Rodney Lester, Ottie Lester II, Ronnie McClellan, Christopher Marcum and Anthony Godfrey. The family would like to thank Hospice for their love and care and all the wonderful work they did.
Virginia C. Carney
Virginia Critchfield Carney, 92, died March 15, 2006, at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
She wads born December 29, 1913 in Clio.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Eugene F. Carney, parents, Henry Walter and Virginia Lea Lewis Critchfield, twin sister, Belva Critchfield, and brothers, Nelson, Dennis, Virgil, Rector and Chester Critchfield.
She taught 30 years in public schools in Jackson and Kanawha counties and also served as an art consultant for Kanawha County schools before joining the staff of Morris Harvey College. She graduated from Gilmer High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris Harvey College and Master of Arts from Marshall University.
She was a member and former organist of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Nitro, attended Shiloah Independent Church, Red House, and was charter member of the Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
Surviving: daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Bill Morton of Buffalo; grandchildren, Shelly Rawlings and husband, Patrick, of Parkersburg, Adam Morton and wife, Stacey, of Eleanor, Brian Morton and wife, Kara, of Cross Lanes; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Critchfield; niece, Sue Cline of Ravenswood, nephews, Ed Critchfield of Jackson, Tennessee, Don Critchfield of Owensboro, Kentucky, Ted and Tom Critchfield of Lexington, Kentucky.
Service was held March 18, 2006, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Paul Browning and Pastor Larry Covert officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley.
Michael W. Learmonth
Michael William “Mick” Learmonth, 63, of Winfield died March 18, 2006, at home.
Born December 27, 1942 in Sun, West Virginia, to the late Dan and Hilda Neudek Learmonth. He grew up in Oak Hill. After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Alaska and the Peace Corps in Brazil, he graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. He received his master’s degree from WVU and was a teacher and counselor in Kanawha and Putnam counties. He left the school system to begin Dante Home, Inc., a residential contracting company, and built many homes in the Teays Valley and Winfield areas during the past 30 years.
Surviving: son, Daniel of Pittsburgh; sisters, Martha Price of Tennessee and Marilyn Sherman of Georgia; cousin, Fred Neudek of Oak Hill; several nieces and nephews.
Services were private.