Published on Feb. 3, 2005
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.
Norma Lee Alexander
Norma Lee Alexander, 83, of Liberty died March 22, 2005, after a long illness.
She was a mother of many children and a retired LPN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darwin Alexander, and sons, Lee Allen Stalnaker and Lyle Michael Stalnaker.
Surviving: sons, Larry Stalnaker of Texas and Gene Stalnaker of Beckley; daughters, Lona Akers of Paradise and Linda LoPresti of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
There was no service. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be sent to Feed The Children, Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.
Velva M. Thomas
Velva M. Thomas, 81, of Lanham died March 18, 2005, at home.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and attended Harmons Creek Nazarene Church.
She is preceded in death by her two children, Kay and Tim Thomas.
Surviving: husband, Carl E. Thomas; children, Johnny Thomas of Lanham, Donald Thomas of Charleston, Suzanne Scarberry of Poca, Kenny Thomas of Charleston, Ruth Ann Jessie of Kellys Creek, and Daniel Thomas of Lanham; sister, Priscilla Graves of Florida; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.
Service and burial were held Monday, March 21, 2005, at the Thomas Family Cemetery with Pastor Bob Hill officiating. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements.
Elsie G. McGrew
Elsie Garnet McGrew, 82, of Nitro died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
She was born July 23, 1922 in Putnam County, daughter of the late William L. and Oma Cartwright.
She was a homemaker and loving mother. She was a 56-year resident of Red Oak Drive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold McGrew, and sister, Helen Muck.
Surviving: son, Billy Joe McGrew of Nitro; daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Delmer Kelley of Bills Creek; grandchildren, Brian Kelley and wife, Lynn, of San Diego, California, and Kyle Kelley of Winfield; great-grandchildren, Jared and Adam Kelley of San Diego, Katie Kelley of North Carolina, and Zachary Kelley of Chapmanville; brother, Ronnie L. Cartwight nd wife, Norma, and W.L. Cartwright Jr. and wife, Wanda, of Poca; sisters-in-law, Gloria Thomas and husband, Joe, of Nitro and Norma and Robert Tucker of Pliny.
Service was held at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Rev. Jerry Ranson officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.
Myrtle Ann Tenney
Myrtle Ann Tenney, 57, of Rock Branch died March 16, 2005, at Putnam General Hospital.
She was a registered nurse with various Kanawha Valley hospitals and enjoyed camping, fishing and the great outdoors.
Surviving: Glen Wilt; son, Joseph Rogers of Buffalo; daughter, Priscilla Thornton of Benton, Louisiana; brothers, Lloyd Collins of Charleston and James Collins Jr. of Newton; sisters, Sandra Fleck of Walton and Dottie; five grandchildren.
There was no formal service. Her body was donated to research. Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, was in charge of arrangements.
Doyle Boggess Sr.
Doyle Boggess Sr., 73, of Nitro died Monday, March 21, 2005, after a short illness.
He was born January 20, 1932 in Charleston, the son of the late Dempsey and Mary Bowyer Boggess. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jim.
He was the former owner of Nitro Supermarket. After selling the supermarket, he was associated with Heck's Department Store. He later returned to the Nitro Supermarket where he continued to work with his friend, Andre Haikal until his recent illness. He enjoyed hunting and spending time at his place in Pocahontas County.
Surviving: his loving wife of 45 years, Glenda Browning Boggess; sons, Steve and wife, Linda, of Clay, Jarrell and wife, Joyce, of Logan, Doyle Jr. and companion, Pat Shaffer, of Charleston; daughter, Kim Morgan and fiancee, Peter Torrico, of Beckley; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert and Jerry, both of St. Albans; sisters, Cleo Cobb of Dunbar, Bonnie Eickhoff and Carol Conley, both of Washington; a host of relatives, friends and neighbors.
Service was held Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Gail Medley and Rev. Robert Boggess officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be sent to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar WV 25064.