Charles W. Brown
Charles W. Brown, 60, of Poca died March 26, 2005, in Putnam General Hospital.
He was a former employee of American Viscose and Graphically Speaking in Charleston, and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving: wife, Marjorie Brown; sons, Ronald Brown of Poca and David Brown of Hurricane; three grandchildren.
At his request there was no service. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements.
Homer L. Thomas Sr.
Homer L. Thomas Sr., 80, of Nitro died March 25, 2005.
He was a Christian, retired from Monsanto with 37 years of service, and Army veteran of World War II, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Nitro Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies, Beni Kedem Temple, and the VFW.
Surviving: his wife of 60 years, Iva Mae Thomas; sons, Homer L. Thomas Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Nitro, and James Okey Thomas and wife, Sherri, of St. Albans; sisters, Eva Linkous of Culloden and Emma Hawley of Poca; brother, Ernest Thomas of Rock Branch; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Service was held Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest memorial Gardens, Red House.
Maude Sowards Peters, 87, of Hurricane died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at home following a brief illness.
She was retired from Heck's Department Store and a lifelong resident of Hurricane.
She was the wife of the late Williams s. Peters. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Zella Forth Sowards, both of Hurricane. She was born April 1, 1917 in Hurricane the seventh of eleven children. She was a devoted Christian and involved with Calvary Apostolic Church.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Zelma Erwin, Nellie Forbush, Gladys Sowards, Agnes Sowards, Thelma Johnson, Ollie Fredritz, Rosemary Sowards, Ernest Sowards, James Sowards, and Paul Sowards.
Surviving: children, Gloria Hensley and Dewey, Carrie “Margie” Stanley and Landon and C. Douglas Peters and Carma; grandchildren, Stuart Sowards, Jennifer McLain, H. Douglas Peters, an Ian Peters; great-granddaughters, Abigail Sowards and Alexis McLain; many special nieces and nephews, and devoted caregivers.
Service was held Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Calvary Apostolic Church, Hurricane, with the Rev. Robert Forbush and the Rev. Ronald Bates officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be sent to Calvary Apostolic Church, PO Box 245, Hurricane WV 25526.
Clarence E. Riffee
Clarence Edward “Eddie” Riffee, 67, of Red House died March 26, 2005, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
He was born June 7, 1937 in Given. He was in business as a dealer in fur, roots and recycling for the last 35 years. he was retired from FMC, Nitro, with 40 years of service. He was a member of the Kanawha Valley Masonic Lodge No. 36.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Nikki Ann Riffee, and parents, Okey and Malina Casto Riffee.
Surviving: his wife of 47 years, Ann workman Riffee; adopted grandson, Brandon J. Riffee of Cross Lanes; sister, Becky Lee Jividen of prospect, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews.
Service was held Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastors Wayne Hooper and James Kessick officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest memorial Gardens, Red House with Masonic rites.
John T. Kirk
John T. Kirk, 87, of Huntington, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 24, 2005 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor D.L. Webb. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. He was born April 27, 1917, in Cabell County, West Virginia, a son of the late John and Vernia Glenn Kirk. He was a retired truck driver from B&B Motor Freight Line, and a lifetime member of Teamsters Local #505. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Marie Mays Kirk, and one son, Bobby Kirk. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jo and Jerry Chafin of Maryland; one son, Ronald Kirk of Huntington; two step-sons, Charles Mays and his wife, Crystal, of Huntington and Lonnie Owens of Proctorville, Ohio; several grandchildren, including J.W. Chafin of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Afghanistan and several great-grandchildren.
Nola Evelyn Templeton
Nola Evelyn Templeton, 58, of Milton died Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at home. Survivors include two sons, L. Keith Templeton and Kevin D. Templeton, both of Milton; one daughter, Kathy Setliff of Milton; three brothers, Gary Call of Huntington, Lary Call of Hurricane and Vernon Call of St. Albans; four sisters, Wanda McCallister of Ona, Pauline Faranti and Mary Lou Dailey, both of Culloden, and Barbara Vaughn of Red House; and seven grandchildren, Brandi, Tia, Blaine, Casey, Kendall, Kelsi and Mikey. Heck Funeral Home, Milton was in charge of arrangements.
Lambert “Bert” Bledsoe Jr.
Lambert “Bert” Bledsoe, Jr., 81, of St. Mary's, Ga., formerly of Barboursville, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 21, 2005. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 25, 2005, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by Pastor Bill Davis and Pastor Pete Davidson. Entombment at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. He was born June 19, 1923, in Cabell County, West Virginia, a son of the late Lambert and Nancy Ann Rayburn Bledsoe. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Alley Bledsoe; three sisters, Goldie Day, Violet Wagner and Ruby McCallister; and two brothers, Charles and Edgar Bledsoe. He was retired from AK Steel, was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Bill White of Ashland, Ky., and Kathie and Harold Fortner of St. Mary's Ga.; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Charlotte Bledsoe of LaGrange, Ohio; one stepson and his wife, John and Donna Pinkerman of Lesage; one sister, Emily Smith of Barboursville; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington
James Booth “Jim” Dawson
James Booth “Jim” Dawson, 73, of Huntington, passed away March 22, 2005, at home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 25, 2005, at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church by Dr. David Lemming and Dr. Tim Yates. Burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington. He was born May 22, 1931, in Kenova, WV, a son of the late William Lincoln Dawson and Leora Mae Booth Dawson. He was president and co-owner of Dawson-Thompson Oil Company, a member of Lewis Memorial Baptist Church since 1959, where he was a former deacon and served in several offices of the church, a member of WV OMEGA (Oil Jobbers and Grocers Association). He was preceded in death by one brother, Ray Dawson. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara Grimes Dawson; one daughter, Debra Stephens of Ormond Beach, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law Mike and Beverly Dawson of Barboursville; one uncle and aunt, Denny and Lucy Booth of Charleston; three grandchildren, Brandon Stephens, Brooke Dawson and Kacie Dawson; one great-granddaughter, Alexandria. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. - Proverbs 11:30”
Janet Caudill, 63, of Barboursville passed away Thursday, March 24, 2005 at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 26, 2005 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by the Rev. Jarrold Lanham. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. She was born November 16, 1941, in Barboursville, a daughter of the late Noah Bates and Amanda Fletcher Bates. She was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church and an employee of Stationers. She is survived by her husband, James Caudill; one son, Trent Collins of Huntington; one daughter, Shelly Bias of Salt Rock; two sisters, Anna Gregg of Holland, Mich., and Wilda Shephard of Barboursville; two brothers, Harry Bates of Lesage, Joe Bates of Barboursville; and three grandsons.
Kenneth Don Coovert
Kenneth Don Coovert, 24, of Barboursville, passed away Monday, March 21, 2005, in Lewis County, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 26, 2005, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. Bobby G. Belcher. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Garden, Barboursville. He was born January 9, 1981, in Huntington, a son of Diania Belcher of Barboursville and Conard Coovert of Ocala, Fla. He was a graduate of Cabell Midland High School and was an employee of Brand Scaffolding. He is survived by one sister, Samantha “Sissy” Coovert of Barboursville; a half brother, Conard Coovert II of Ocala, Fla.; his maternal grandparents, Myrtle and Kenneth Belcher of Barboursville; his paternal grandparents, Betty Coovert and the late Donald Coovert of Ocala, Florida; his aunts and uncles, Ernie and Pamela Stollings of Ona, Lisa and Anthony Brumfield of Chapmanville; Cathy Smith Rorrer of Barboursville, Jerry and Cindy Beckett of Barboursville, Larry and Joanna Coovert of Orlando and Mary Lou Coovert of Alabama; several cousins, Toni Le, Darren Stollings, Christopher Smith, Brea Rorrer Ashton and Nicholas Brumfield, Laura Beckett, Renee, Christy Jordan, Sunny and Ashley, James Brian, Travis and Donald; and special friends. Pallbearers were Darin Paschall, Eric Paschall, Chris Legg, Mike McCormick, Colt Richard and Justin Tidd. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Brumfield, Darren Stollings and Chris Smith.
Carlos Eaves, 62, of Catlettsburg, Ky., formerly of Barboursville passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at King's Daughters Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Bethlehem United Baptist Church by the Rev. David Cardwell. Burial in Eaves Family Cemetery. He born February 1, 1943, in Branchland, W.Va., a son of Ardith Walker Eaves of Branchland and the late, Roy Eaves. He is survived by his wife, Margie Williamson Eaves; one daughter, Amanda Terry of West Hamlin; one son, Carlton Eaves of Barboursville; one sister, Mary Spitler of Chesapeake; three brothers, Marshall, Wayman and Odell Eaves; three grandchildren. Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Agnes Jones
Mary Agnes Jones, 79, of Madison Heights, Mich., went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 22, 2005. Funeral services conducted Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with Pastor Ferrell Rood officiating. Burial in Neal Cemetery, Milton. She was born December 19, 1925, a daughter of the late Rev. Perry U. and Lillie Ann Rood. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Jones; daughter, Linda Jones; four brothers and four sisters. Mary was a Baptist by faith. She is survived by two brothers, Jonothan M. Rood of Springfield, Tenn., and Ferrell M. Rood of Zaleski, Ohio, and three sisters, Helen Wetherholt of Florida, Dorothy A. Rood of Wellston, Ohio and Naomi Hope Ratliff of Oak Hill, W.Va.
Rebecca Friend Chandler
Mrs. Rebecca Friend Chandler, 58, of Barboursville, WV, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at her residence. She was born July 18, 1945, in Huntington, WV, a daughter of Samuel A. Turman of Huntington and the late Nancy Stapleton Turman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Donald Chandler Jr. Additional survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Marie Chandler of Barboursville; a son and daughter-in-law, James Dustin and Camille Chandler of Milton; a brother and sister-in-law, Samuel A. Turman Jr. and wife Laura of Huntington; two grandchildren, Robert Scott Chandler-Toler of Barboursville and Rebecca Lynn Chandler of Milton; two step-grandchildren, Brian and Lora Harmon of Prichard, WV; an aunt, Phyllis Stapleton of Huntington and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
James Louis Thompson Jr.
James Louis Thompson, Jr., 75, of Milton, widower of Lou Emma Thompson, died Friday, March 25, 2005, in St Mary's Medical Center. Funeral 1 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2005, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton; burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.
Johnny E. Chapman
Johnny E. Chapman, 73, of Milton passed away Thursday, March 24, 2005, at his residence. Services were conducted 2 p.m.. Monday, March 28, 2005, in Swann Maddox Cemetery, West Hamlin. He was born March 2, 1932, in Milton, a son of the late Ralph and Verba Perry Chapman. He was also preceded in death by his son, Mark Chapman and one brother, Bobby L. Chapman. Johnny is survived by three sons, Jack Chapman of Louisiana, Rick Chapman of Huntington and Randy Chapman of Huntington; two sisters, Louise Vanover and Gladys Bragg; one brother, Richard Smith; eight grandchildren Christie Chapman Preston, Mason Chapman, Michael Chapman, Jay Chapman, Joey Chapman, Casandra Chapman, Miranda Chapman and Josh Chapman. Johnny was a member of the American Legion Post 139 for more than 50 years and they conducted military graveside rites. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.
Harold L. “Jack” Sargent
Harold L. “Jack” Sargent, 70, of Milton, WV, our loving father departed this earth Thursday, March 24, 2005, to join loved ones in Heaven that preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at Heck Funeral Home, Milton with Pastor C.T. Mathews officiating. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. Dad, you struggled for so long in your flesh body but now you can rejoice in your new spiritual one.
He was born February 8, 1935 to the late Russell and Nancy Adkins Sargent. Also preceding him in death were brothers, Austin, Leon, Bill, Jarrell and Patrick and sisters, Rita Nichols and Deloris Clark. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Kirk; sons, David, Joseph, Johnny and Rodney Sargent; mother of his children, Trudy Jones Sargent; grandchildren, Chad, Jarrod, Mandy, Bryan, Jeremy, Jackie, Amy, Lee J., Caleb, Roshell and Mark; great-grandchildren, Peighton, Addison, and Hannah. Additional survivors include brothers, Leo of Salem, WV, Don of Tampa, Fla., and Darrell of Milton, WV, and sister Lorena Lowe of Huntington, WV. He worked in supervisory positions with BASF, West Virginia Corrigated and FMC Ordinance, and was a former Milton businessman. He was of the church of God Holiness Faith. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and attended W.Va. State College, graduating at the top of his class.
He was a former Golden Glove Boxer and manager, having coached various fighters to championships. He was also a little league baseball coach, winning several titles. Dad was the type of man who devoted his time and effort to the least talented and/or fatherless athletes on his teams, making champions of them and instilling in them dignity and confidence that they no doubt carried with them to this day. He will be sadly missed by his children and family and others whose lives he touched. He was a proud West Virginian. Milton has lost a fine son but heaven has gained one. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.
Paul Ray Parker
Paul Ray Parker, 56, of Milton, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2005, at his brother's residence. Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in Asbury Cemetery, Poca, WV. Paul was born Nov. 15, 1948, a son of the late Robert and Madonna Garnes Parker. Paul was a member of the St. Albans Moose Lodge. He is survived by eight brothers, Frank Parker, Roy Parker, Roger Parker, Jerry Parker, Leonard Parker, George Parker and wife, Mona, Harold Parker and Jim Parker; six sisters, Ellen Bays and husband, Larry, Mary Parker, Susie Ann McWalters and husband, John, Shelba Parker, Julia Parker and Linda Parker; six nephews, Chris Kilgore, Lee McWalters, Troy Parker, Bo Parker, Roger Parker and Joe Carr; and two nieces, Angela Parker and Michell Parker. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.
Published on Mar. 24, 2005
Anna Belle Brown
Anna Belle Brown, 82, of Fraziers Bottom died March 12, 2005, at Putnam General Hospital.
Born December 9, 1922 in Pliny, she was a daughter of the late Felix M. and Hester Crandall Brown. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Winston C. Brown Sr. and her sister, Virginia Mae Brown.
She had served as president of the former Buffalo Bank in Eleanor.
Surviving: nephews, James Brown and Winston C. Brown Jr. and his wife, Marsha, of Fraziers Bottom; their children, Brandon, Meredith and Jared; nieces, Judith Stewart, Cynthia Noffsinger, Victoria Hunt, and Pamela Malone.
Service was held Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Rev. Doug McComas officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
The family suggests memorial donations be made in her memory to In Touch Ministries, PO Box 7900, Atlanta GA 30357.
Evelyn Yeager, 79, of Hurricane died March 6, 2005, at SunBridge of Putnam.
She was born April 7, 1925 to the late Pearl and Richard George of Lincoln County. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Willie E. Yeager Sr., and daughter, Patsy Morgan
She was a homemaker and attended Valley View Baptist Church, Hurricane.
Surviving: children, Jerry Yeager of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Bill Yeager of Milton, Lina Hammond of Haines City, Florida, and Frank Yeager of Hurricane; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five brother and five sisters.
Service was held March 9, 2005, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. David Vickers officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.