James Lewis Hunt
James Lewis Hunt, 77, of Barboursville passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at his home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 5, 2005, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Bob Galloway and Pastor Mark McKay. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. He was born November 4, 1927, in Putney, W.Va., a son of the late John D. Lewis Hunt and Helene Kinsolvin Hunt. He was also preceded in death by a son, James Anthony Hunt and two brothers, Howard Hunt and Raymond Hunt. He retired from the Gulf Oil Corporation and was a veteran of the US. Navy serving in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Muriel Frances Lawson Hunt; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Harold Bias of Barboursville and Deborah and Larry Thaxton of Milton; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Hunt of Cincinnati Ohio; two sisters, Barbara Fetty of Huntington and Jean Smith of Ohio; two brothers, Thomas Hunt of Texas and Middleton Cleveland Hunt of Ona; four grandsons, Scott Hunt, Kyle Hunt, Aaron Bias and Ryan Bias.
Golda Kelley, 91, of Milton, WV, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2005, in Morris Memorial Nursing Home, Milton. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, February 5, 2005 at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with Dr. Thomas J. DuBose officiating. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. She was born January 1, 1914, a daughter of the late Reece and Ella Jarvis. She was also preceded in death by her husband Robert Kelley; seven brothers and sisters and one grandchild. After raising her family in Milton. Golda lived several years in Westerville, Ohio, and after retiring from Riverside Hospital, she returned to Milton. She was a member of Milton Baptist Church, the Order of Eastern Star 149 in Milton and a former member of North Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio. She is survived by one son, Bill Kelley and his wife Janet of Milton; three daughter Dixie and her husband Jim of Milton, Dorothy Wise of Milton and Judy Kidner and her husband Raymond of Grove City, Ohio; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. The family is very appreciative of the care and kindness shown to her by Rose Greene and the aides and nurses at Morris Memorial Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the April Dawn Park Fund c/o Bank One Milton (April Dawn Kelley was a granddaughter of Golda Kelley.) Online condolences may be sent at www.heckfuneralhome.net.
Anna Marie Allen
Anna Marie Allen, 84, of Barboursville, formerly of Monaville, W.Va., widow of Clyde C. Aline, died Friday, February 4, 2005. She was a homemaker. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at Honaker Funeral Home Logan, W.Va.; burial in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby, W.Va.
Frances Oneida Elkins
Frances Oneida Elkins, 84, of Barboursville, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at her residence. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, in Enon Cemetery, Salt Rock, with the Rev. Bobby Dailey officiating. She was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late Albert and Nora Morrison Keenan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawson “George” Elkins Sr.; one son, Benjamin Elkins; and three brothers. She was a member of Susannah Baptist Church. She is survived by five daughters, Linda Elkins, Leafy Elkins, Sharon Sifrit, Shirley Wagner and Lila Bledsoe; five sons, Lawson Elkins Jr., Clovis Elkins, Gary Elkins, Albert Elkins and Harry Elkins; three brothers; six sisters; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two very special caregivers, Wanda Morgan and Dorothy Workman. Online condolences may be sent at www.heckfuneralhome.net.
Russell Blake, 86, of Glenwood, W.Va., went peacefully to his heavenly home Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 in St. Mary's Medical Center, with his immediate family by his side. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, with Pastor George Surgeon and Pastor Paul Meadows officiating. Interment in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. Mr. Blake was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Mason County, W.Va., the son of the late John L. and Daisy Meadows Blake. He was retired from BASF Corp., Huntington. He was a member of Lawrence Chapel Church, Glenwood. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Erma L. Cooper Blake; two daughters, Shirley Jackson and special friend Mike Wolfe of Roanoke, Va., and Linda and Dwight Kirby of Glenwood, W.Va.; and three sons and daughters-in-law, Harlin and Darlene Blake, Marlin and Jeannie Blake and Roger and Kimberly Blake, all of Glenwood. He is also survived by one brother, Johnnie Blake of Glenwood; eight grandchildren, Michael Jackson, Kevin Blake and spouse, LaAnna, Sherry Blake Kirwan and spouse, Stephen, Maranda Blake Spry and spouse, Warren, and Ashley, Kara, Kaitlyn and Morgan Blake, and seven great-grandchildren, Samantha, Brittany and Summer Jackson, Brittany and Blake Kennedy, Audrey Spry and Tristyn Blake. Mr. Blake was preceded in death by two sisters, Miriam Powell and Omega Perdue, and two brothers, Rufus and David Blake.
David E. Linville
David E. Linville, 57, of Barboursville passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, at Elmwood Baptist Church by Pastor Rick Glass. Burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park. He was born June 3, 1947. in Barboursville, a son of Lenora Gothard Linville of Barboursville and the late John Linville. He was an employee of BFI and was a member of Elmwood Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Ferguson Linville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Herb Talkington of Greensboro, N.C, and Amanda and Patrick Hansen of Conyers, Ga.; one son, Scott Linville of Barboursville; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Dennis Herrenkohl of Barboursville; his mother-in-law and his father-in-law, Lois Ferguson of Barboursville and the late Austin Ray Ferguson; and seven grandchildren, Jake Talkington, Elizabeth Talkington, Mykenzie Linville, Katie Talkington, John David Hansen, Victoria Hansen and Austin Linville. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements.
Deloris Wanda Pinkerman
Deloris Wanda Pinkerman, 71, of Barboursville, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at her residence after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 16, 1933, in Cabell County, a daughter of late Ira John and Nellie Nida Gue. She worked as a produce manager at Big Bear in Huntington until her retirement. Surviving are her husband of 54 years, George Pinkerman; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Mike Christian of Barboursville; two sons will daughters-in-law, George Jr. and Brenda Pinkerman and Greg and Georgia Pinkerman of Barboursville; three sisters, Lora and Darius Hall, Shirley and Johny Jordan and Sue and Larry Brown; one brother, Ira Edward and Dottie Gue; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey and Deanna Pinkerman, Chad and Brandie Pinkerman, Brian and Melanie Pinkerman, Chris Pinkerman, Melissa and Matthew Christus, Casey Christian, Whitney Christian and Bianca Pinkerman; and great-grandchildren Madeline, Faith and Brady Pinkerman and Bentleigh Christus. She also leaves a large and loving extended family and circle of friends. She would want mentioned a very favorite friend, her cat Sheba. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Redith Mae “Dickie” Burgess and two brothers, Carroll Buford and Donald Dwight Gue. The family would like to thank Glory Way Baptist Church, of which she was a member, its pastor, David Cardwell and his wife Dorothy and its members who offered their prayers and support.
A special thanks to the Oncology Unit at St. Mary's Medical Center and Hospice of Huntington. We look to our church friends and family for comfort in his time of sorrow. We look to God for our eternal life. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 7, 2005 at Henson Mortuary, Pea Ridge; burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.timeformemory.com/henson.
Lee Riddle, 72, of Scott Depot died Sunday, January 23, 2005, at his residence. He was founder of Riddle Masonry Company and owned and operated Teays Valley Mini Storage, Riddle Mobile Home Park and Lee Riddle Apartments. He was a member of Abney Street Church of God, St. Albans, and was an avid fisherman and a member of the Huskie Muskie Club. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Bertha Lively Riddle, daughter, Sharon Joyce Oberle, parents, Samuel and Villa Riddle, brother, Harold Riddle, and sister, Dorothy Smith. Surviving: daughters and son-in-law, Janet and Jerry Brightwell of St. Albans, and Jackie Thomas and companion, John Jones, of Hurricane; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Lee and Margie Riddle of Hurricane; sisters, Ruth Maynard of Portage, Indiana and Nina Crowder of South Charleston; grandchildren, James L McCormick II, Janet Leigh Vannatter and Johnathon Oberle, all of whom he raised, Justin Lee Riddle, Jacinda Anne Thomas, Shelly Denise Riddle, and Brian Lee Riddle; seven great-grandchildren.
Service was held Thursday, January 27, 2005, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. Jack A.C. Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Thomas J. Hill
Thomas J. “Jack” Hill, 72, of Hometown died Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at the Teays Valley Center Center following a long illness. He was a lifelong resident of Putnam County, a retired heavy equipment operator, a member of Operating Engineers Local 132, Charleston, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Surviving: wife, Ruth Hill; sons, Sonny McGill of Poca and Thomas Hill of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Service was held Friday, January 28, 2005, at the Haven of Rest Mausoleum Chapel, Red House, with Pastor Joe Scarberry officiating. Entombment will held in the mausoleum.
Oma Arlene Sigman
Oma Arlene Sigman, 83, of Poca died January 26, 2005, at home. She was a 22-year resident of Poca, formerly of Melbourne, Florida. She was a member of the Rock Branch Independent Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Amel Sigman. Surviving: daughter, Peggy and husband, Dennis Hawley of Poca; brother, Delbert Ferrell of Shrewsbury; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Service was held Friday, January 28, 2005, at Haven of rest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Delbert L. Hawley officiating. Burial was in the memorial gardens. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements.
Norma “Suzy” Phillips
Norma “Suzy” Bruce Pritt Phillips, 67, died Sunday, January 23, 2005, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane.
Born Norma Tazewell Bruce in Newport News, Virginia on August 22, 1937, she was the second child and only daughter of Norma Tate Bruce and Robert Tazewell Bruce. Her family relocated to West Virginia when she was 11.
She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1955. She attended Lynchburg College in Virginia and transferred to West Virginia University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in music in January 1960.
She married Jackie Lee Pritt of Charleston in June 1959. She retired following 27 years of service to West Virginia public schools where she taught first-third grade in Preston, Monongalia and Putnam Counties. She was a member of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane for more than 30 years.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather, William Glenn Winchell, and her daughter, Margaret Ann.
Surviving: son, William “Bill” and daughter-in-law, Dreama, grandson, Jack, and granddaughters, Grace and Julia Pritt, of Hurricane; granddaughter, Sharon Walker, and grandson, Paul Walker, and their family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; brother, Robert T. Bruce and sister-in-law, Nancy, of Aspen, Colorado; nephew, Robert M. Bruce and great-nephew, Christopher Bruce, of Greencastle, Indiana; niece, Rebecca Bruce Dib and great-nieces, Isabell and Danielle Dib, of Brooklyn, New York; nephew, Timothy Bruce and great-niece, Molly Bruce, of Bethel, Maine; aunt, Evelyn Bruce Snead of Clifton Forge, Virginia; ex-husband, Harry Phillips of Cleveland, Ohio.
Service was held Saturday, January 29, 2005, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with Pastor Michael Lewis of Hope Christian Center officiating. She was interred at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.
Memorial donations may be sent to Arts in Action, 2658 Main Street, Hurricane WV 25526 or the West Virginia Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, No. 2 Players Club Drive, Suite 104, Charleston WV 25311.
Jessica Nichole Wilson
Jessica Nichole Wilson, 26, of Branchland, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 27, 2005, at her home. She was born August 1, 1978, in Huntington, W.Va., the beloved daughter of Rev. Lonnie E. Wilson and Dreama Parsons Wilson. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Reverend Woodrow W. Parsons and Rosa Lee Parsons. Jessica attended the Guyan Autism Day Center. Survivors include her brother, Jeremy Woodrow Wilson and her sister Whitney Faith Wilson, who love her dearly; her paternal grandparents, Lonnie Lee Wilson and Dorothy Wilson of Branchland; many aunts, uncles, cousins and church family members who loved her very much. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 30, 2005, at the Lincoln Church of God, West Hamlin, W.Va., by Rev Lonnie E. Wilson and Rev. Jody Lucas. Burial in Dial-Pritchard Cemetery. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements.
Donna “Gladys” Dorr
Donna “Gladys” Door, 91, of Barboursville, formerly of Proctorville, Ohio, widow of Dr. Hugh C. Dorr, died Thursday, January 27, 2005. She was a retired regional manager for Wheelan Studies of the American Photograph, Co. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 31, 2005 at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.
Kathleen M. Tucker Bortz
Kathleen M. Tucker Bortz, 83, of Huntington, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 in St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at Wallace Funeral Home and Chapel by Dr. Jack Mayes. Burial in Baylous Cemetery. She was born March 1, 1921 in Kansas City, Mo., a daughter of the late Jack and Emma Moyer Tucker. She is survived by her husband, Robert Bortz; two daughters and one son-in-law, Bonnie and Gary Sawyers of Huntington and Linda Cremeans and her companion Frank Carrasquillo of Huntington; two grandchildren, Gary Sawyers and his wife Heather of Huntington and Michelle Cooper and her husband Michael of New Jersey; three great-grandchildren, Mason Adams, Morgan Adams and Bryson Tate Sawyers.
Curtis Blankenship Sr
Curtis Blankenshiip Sr., 61 of Barboursville, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 29, 2005, at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, W.Va., by Pastor Paul Meadows. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. He was born September 2, 1943, in Pike County, Ky., a son of the late Gordy and Delia McCoy Blankenship. He was preceded in death by his wife, Magdalene and two sons, Brian and Michael. He is survived by four sons, Curtis Blankenship Jr., Sanford, Steve and Shawn Blankenship, all of Matewan, W.Va.; and a very special friend and caregiver, Naomi Henry of Ona. Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.
Harry Edmond Hill
Harry Edmond Hill, 71, of Barboursville died Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at his home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 29, 2005, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by Rev. Fred Anderson. Burial in the Eldridge Cemetery, Leet, W.Va. He was born November 25, 1933 in Leet, W.Va., a son of the late Ira Ellsworth and Hester VanNatter Hill. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Obed and Homer Hill and one sister, Barbara Eldridge. He was a retired certified public accountant. Survivors include his wife, Rose Anna Algeo Hill; three sons, Harry Jr., Gregory and Matthew Hill; one stepson, Rick Bledsoe, all of Barboursville; four daughters, Rosetta Butcher, Gail Hill and Vicki Hill, all of Barbpursville, and P.J. Scites of Hamlin; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include three brothers, Bobby of Leet, Ira and Freddie Hill of East Lynn, and one sister, Sue Harper of Leet; two special friends, Jeanette and Harriet Smith, and many loving nieces, nephews and lots of wonderful friends. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements.
Albert G. “Ab” Rimmer
Albert G. “Ab” Rimmer, 77, of Ona, WV, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 29, 2005 at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Dr. Ed Grant and Rev. Ralph Sager. Burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park. He was born June 20, 1927 in Milton, a son of the late Roy and Edith Johnson Rimmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was retired from INCO. He was a member of the Steele Memorial United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harry Rimmer; one sister, Joyce McCormick. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Laura Marie Kelley Rimmer; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Roger Guinn of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Robert Rimmer of Huntington; four sisters, Juanita Jeffrey and Juanema Warden, both of Barboursville, Ruth Lewis of Huntington and Mary Jane Rimmer of Barboursville; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Verna and Don Williams of Wayne; grandchildren, Diane Hicks and her husband Joe of Barboursville, and Roger Guin of Las Vegas; great-grandchildren, Joey Wiley, Alyssa Hicks and Daysi Hicks, all of Barboursville, and Rylee Guinn and Carsen Guin of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Steele Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, Barboursville, WV, 25504.
Kensey Carroll Wallace
Kensey Carroll Wallace, 86, of Ona, fought courageously long and hard against Parkinson's disease, cancer and kidney failure, and died Sunday, January 23, 2005 in Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation of Putnam. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with the Rev. Joe Dolen and the Rev. Don Reynolds officiating. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 139, Milton. He was born August 13, 1918, in Cabell County, West Virginia, a son of the late Dewey and Frances Lykins Wallace. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Faye Pitts Wallace; two brothers, Peter C. and Billy Joe Wallace; two sisters, Lola Holley and Violet Chandler. Kensey was a sheet metal worker for the C&O Railway, working at the Huntington and Bornaugh plants. He retired in 1978 after 39 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army as a tower guard, guarding prisoners of war camp. He received an honorable discharge from Regional Station Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C. on July 12, 1945. Kensey was past member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association and was a former Master Mason member of the Minerva Lodge #13 until his Parkinson's started deteriorating in 1993. He was a life member of the Martha Hunting Club. He was a member of Bedford Methodist Church and visited Susannah Baptist Church and Guyan Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon Wallace of Ona and Janie and John Giompalo of Huntington; four sisters, Delores Perry of Milton, Nellie Fields of Ironton, Ohio, Virginia Davis of Garden Ridge, Texas, and Thelma Stevenson of Clifton Forge, Va.; one granddaughter and her husband, Dena and Kevin Smith of Barboursville; one grandson and his wife, Greg and Trisha Giompalo of Louisa, Ky.; four great-grandchildren he loved very much, Cody and Casey Smith and McKenzie and Nicholas Giompalo; and a loving host of nieces and nephews. Special thanks are extended to two special friends, Amy Fields and Stephanie Midkiff and to all the angels at Sunbridge for your care, support, and love since December, 2000.
Sylvester F. “Beck” Ryder
Sylvester F. “Beck” Ryder, 86, of Lesage, departed this life Sunday, January 23, 2005, to live with Jesus in his eternal home. Funeral service were conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, January 27, 2005, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with the Rev. Gordon Rutherford and the Rev. Wendell Shull officiating. Burial in Union Ridge Cemetery. He was born February 7,1918, a son of the late Jaspher T. and Minnie Joy Rider. He was also preceded in death by one infant brother and two infant sisters; two brothers, Herbert and Raymond Rider, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Eva and John Nowlin and Inez and Don McFann; one sister-in-law, Opal Rider; one brother-in-law, Kelson Henry, mother and father-in-law, Ruzella and Clyde Henry. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Pauline Henry Ryder, one son and daughter-in-law, Freddy and Linda Ryder, two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Wesley Thompson and Sherry and Willard Dailey, six grandchildren - Robbie Holmes, Scott and Jennifer Ryder, Samuel Shadd III, Micah Johnson and Brytani Dailey; three great-grandchildren - Treyton Ryder, Dylan McComas, and Mayshayla Holmes; one brother and sister-in-law, Jaspher T. “Jr” and Delores Ryder of Lesage; one sister-in-law, Madeline Rider of Huntington; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold and Alma “Bunnie” Kuhn of Barboursville, Basil and Faye Henry of Milton and Darrell and Gladys Ellis of Gallipolis, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. Beck was owner and operator of Ryder's General Store.
He and Pauline worked in the store for nearly 50 years. He also leaves behind many friends and loved ones with whom he loved to sit around the store and talk with. Pallbearers were Scott Ryder, Samuel Shadd III, Dana and David Ryder, Kenny McComas and Ray Johnson.
Bethel Gail Vance
Bethel Gail Vance, 68, of Culloden, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord, Monday, January 24, 2005, at her residence. She was born Feb. 23, 1936 in Webster, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ellen and Harrison Jones. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Forrest Eugene Vance. She is survived by one daughter, Rhonda Kay Quintrill of Culloden; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rustie Lee Vance of Culloden and Dusty and Delta Vance of Milton; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. It was her request to be donated to science to provide hope that one day there would be a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of the arrangements.