2012-2013 WV, Compiled by James W. Blankenship jkblank1(at)sbcglobal.net

 

Berkeley                                                                                                            

 

2013, Inwood, Berkeley Co., WV, Obituary

Times West Virginian (Fairmont, WV) - July 17, 2013

Deceased Name: Helen Parrish

Helen L. Parrish, 98, of Inwood, and formerly of Mannington, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Sunday evening (July 14, 2013) at the Shenandoah Center Nursing Home in Charles Town, [Jefferson Co., WV]. She was born Jan. 7, 1915, at Dent's Run, Mannington, daughter of the late Henry H. Satterfield and Zella A. Batson Sloan Satterfield.

She is survived by her son, James A. Parrish and wife Martha of Inwood; one granddaughter, Dawn Denise Parrish of Inwood; two grandsons, Jeffrey Jay Parrish and wife Nicole of Bunker Hill, and Mark Allen Parrish of wife Michelle of San Clemente, Calif.; five great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Smith and husband Andrew, Emily Parrish, Savanna Parrish, Jessica Parrish and Julia Parrish; two great-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Parrish, who died in 2001; three sisters, Irene Snider, Della Blankenship and Georgia Hibbs; and two brothers, Floyd Sloan and Denzil Satterfield, who died in infancy.

Helen was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother who cared very deeply for all her family. She enjoyed cooking and family get-togethers.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington. Burial will follow at Viewpoint Cemetery in Rachel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Boone                                                                                                                

 

2012, Bloomingrose, Boone Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - August 31, 2012

Milton Anderson, 66, of Bloomingrose, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at the Hubbard Hospice House Charleston, WV, after a long illness. He was born May 13, 1946, at Brown Town, TN, a son of the late Beecher and Cora Brown Anderson. Milton served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a retired coal miner with 38 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wallace, James, and Sammy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Connie Collins Anderson; children, Angela Anderson Basham and companion Philip, Eric Anderson and companion Jennifer and Valerie Anderson Means; grandchildren, Emily, Erin and Brock Basham, Hunter, Ridge, Erica Anderson, Breanne Means, Starr and Xander Arthur; brothers, Gary and wife, Barb and Norman Anderson; sisters, Carolyn McCormick, Thelma Young and husband, Charles Jr., Sharon Blankenship and husband, Bill; special family and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, September 1, 2012, at 1 o'clock in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV, with the Rev. Robert Webb. Interment will be in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, WV, with military graveside rites by VFW Post #5578, Madison, WV.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Foster, Boone Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - January 10, 2013

Donald D. Toler, of Foster, departed this life on January 8, 2013. Don was born May 22, 1928, at Sun Hill, Wyoming County, son of the late Ira H. and Mary Merl Cook Toler, and was also preceded in death by brothers, Ira Junior, Arley "Clen," William and Vaughn; and sisters, Elouine Aliff Elkins and Belva Simpson.

Don was a member of West Madison Baptist Church. He graduated from Oceana High School, attended Marshall College and graduated from Tri-State University, Ind., with his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He was a nuclear design engineer for several years in R&D at Westinghouse and later opened his own auto parts business (president/CEO) in Madison. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Helen L. Blankenship; son, Douglas Calaway; son, Keith Dewain (Ruth); daughter, Cynthia (Troy) Dutton; grandson, William Benjamin Hager; sisters, Mary Ellen Ellis and Marlene Ford; and a host of extended family members.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 12, at 2 p.m. at West Madison Baptist Church, 401 Fourth Ave. W., Madison, WV 25130, 304-369-4733.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Hewett, Boone Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - October 12, 2013

Ardith Ray Ball, 99, a lifelong resident of Missouri Fork, Hewett, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, after a short illness. He was born July 1, 1914, son of the late Richmond and Alberta Ball.

He was a retired miner from Spruce River Coal Co. and also worked for Danville Lumber Co. He was a lifelong member of Spencer Chapel United Methodist Church.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Myrtle Aleshire Ball; two sisters, Ruby White and Oma Hager; brother, Opie Ball; and daughter, Nancy Ball.

He is survived by two daughters, Betty "Dale" Franklin of Burlington, Colo., Iva Blankenship of Aurora, Colo.; son, Edward "Bud" Ball and wife, Joyce of Missouri Fork; and sister, Hazel Casto of Hewett.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sunday, October 13, at Spencer Chapel United Methodist Church Hewett with Rev. Roger McCauley and Harold Ray Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Ball Family Cemetery at Missouri Fork, Hewett.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Jeffrey, Boone Co., WV, Obituary

Coal Valley News (Madison, WV) - January 16, 2013

Janet F. Blankenship Miles, 72, of Jeffrey, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Boone Memorial Hospital. She was born January 23, 1940 at Lake, WV and was a daughter of the late Ray and Myrtle Blankenship.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Blankenship and Glen Blankenship; and one sister, Helen Ball. Janet was a member of Spencer United Methodist Church. She retired from Boone Memorial Hospital with 30 years of service as a Medical Records Technician. She was a precious mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend to all.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Maurice Miles; two daughters, Libby (Joey) Akers of NC and Sherri (John) Bennett of AL; one son, Scott (Terri) Miles of CO; one sister, Nada Ellis of OH; grandchildren, Amanda (Jeff) Brannen of AL, Tiffany Bennett of AL, Kelsey Jo Akers of NC, Tanner Miles of CO, Nicholle (Tim) McNabb of NC, Jodie Akers of NC and Shane Gragg of MS; and one great-grandson, Easton Miles Brannen of CO. She also leaves behind many loved ones and friends.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, January 14 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with the Rev. Roger McCauley and Harold Ray Ball officiating. Burial followed in Family Gardens, Madison.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Ray, 75, 19Jun1903 - ??Oct1978, Hewett, Boone, WV, WV-235-05-0514             

SSDI; Blankenship, Myrtle, 87, 16Nov1909 - 20Nov1996, Hewett, Boone, WV, WV-235-96-4660     

 

Braxton                                                                                                             

 

2012, Gassaway, Braxton Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - August 6, 2012

Myrtle Kathleen Armstead, 82, of Gassaway went home to be with the Lord on August 3, 2012, at Charleston Area Medical Center [Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV]. She was a Christian and a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church, where she had served as an AWANA Cubbies leader and Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and assisted with Ladies' Helping Hands. Born August 4, 1929, in Clendenin, Myrtle was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Huffman.

She was the loving wife of the late James E. Armstead for 58 years. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Carol Harmon; her granddaughter, Christina Kay Harmon; half sisters, Carrie Blankenship and Minnie Shaffer; and half brothers, Basil Harper and Oak Harper. Myrtle worked at Walker's Drug Store in Gassaway for several years. She loved to quilt, and her greatest joy was lovingly serving her family and friends. She was a kind and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie and Karen Armstead of Sutton and Tim and Anna Armstead of Elkview; grandchildren, Stacy Jones, Keith Harmon and Katie Armstead; great-grandchildren, Dylan Jones, Caitlyn Jones, Cassidy Jones and Kaylee Harmon; brothers, Phillip Huffman of Elkview and Bill; sisters, Wanda Armstead of Ripley, Gladys Lilly of Charleston, Duvie Holbert of Clendenin, and Helen Edens of Ripley.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Gassaway, with Pastor Allen Legg officiating. Burial will be in the Reamer Hill Cemetery, Clendenin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Little Birch, Braxton Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - October 24, 2013

Virginia Lee Davis Hall, 89, of Little Birch, formerly of Chapel, passed away October 22, 2013, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital [Gassaway, Braxton Co., WV]. She was a homemaker and a Christian. She enjoyed gospel music and loved to travel.

She is survived by her husband, Paul D. Hall of Little Birch; stepsons, Robert Cunningham of Buckhannon and Philip Cunningham of Wooster, Ohio; daughter, Colletta Blankenship and husband, Paul, of Chapel; grandchildren, Dale Blankenship Sr. of Chapel, Treena Miller and husband, JP, of Chapel, Lisa Davis and Dawn Davis, both of Wadsworth, Ohio, Eric Davis of Sandyhook, Ky., Mike Davis of Sutton and Tennille Wotring of Barberton, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Robert "Bud" Blankenship and wife, Leanna, of Chapel, Mike Blankenship and wife, Leslie, of Sutton, Justin Blankenship of Chapel, Dale Blankenship Jr. and Haylee Blankenship , both of Buckhannon, Amber Vaughan of Ashland, Ky., Kyle Harpley, Kendall Sears, Olivia Davis and Lilly Jean Gordon, all of Wadsworth, Ohio, Katherine Watkins of Barberton, Ohio, and Michaela and Madeline Davis, both of Buckhannon; and great-great-grandchildren, Jody Blankenship of Chapel and Nevaeh and Payton Blankenship , both of Sutton.

She was preceded in death by husband, Chester D. Davis; son, Gene Brennon Davis; sisters, Rita and Rhoda; and brother, Paul.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, October 25, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with the Rev. Bobbie Harper Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cabell                                                                                                                

 

2013, Barboursville, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - February 16, 2013

Opal Plumey, 91, of Barboursville, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013, at home. Born December 9, 1921, at Joe's creek, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Hans and Laura Gilliam Stratton.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Billie Plumley; one son, and three brothers. Opal was a retired Logan County School teacher and of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include Donald Plumley of Barboursville, Randy (Roselee) Plumley of Putnam County, Ronald (Duanne) ) Plumley of Chapmanville, William Rodney Plumley of Texas, and Roger (Mary) Plumley of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Gail (Clancy) Goff of Joe's Creek, and Christine Blankenship of Paintsville, Ky., and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Donnie Estepp officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers are family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Barboursville, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.timeformemory.com/fh_obituary.cfm?obitid=38607&fhid=16&locationid=16

Marie Blankenship, 78, of Barboursville, WV passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at St. Marys Medical Center, Huntington, WV. She was born March 14, 1935 in Huntington, WV daughter of the late Floyd Harrison and Lucy Sullivan.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert P. Blankenship; two sons Gregory Eugene Collins and Charles Chuck Collins, Jr.; and eight siblings.

She is survived by one daughter Donita Jones of Scottown, Ohio; daughter-in-law Annette Collins of Huntington, WV; three granddaughters; two grandsons; nine great grandchildren; and one sister Margaret McGraw of Louisville, KY.

Funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio by Pastor Charlie Cremeans.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Culloden, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - November 3, 2012

Jack Chaffin, 83, of Culloden, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. He was retired from Owens-Illinois in Huntington, a member of the Sycamore Missionary Baptist Church and loved his family and farm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thadies and Ella McCloud Chaffin; sisters, Annabelle Perdue, Bonnie Hewer; and daughter, Jacquline Adkins.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Mount Chaffin; sister, Haney Byrd; daughters, Phyllis (Danny) France, Patricia Chaffin, Ella (Larry) Roe, Delores (Rick) Smith, Shanna (Mitchell) Blankenship and Lisa (Jim) Reece and son-in-law, Rodney Adkins; 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; and six great- great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. James Jobe officiating. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Funeral

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - August 12, 2012

Gladys Fern Blankenship of Huntington, 2 p.m., Harmony United Methodist Church; Ridgelawn Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.chapmans-mortuary.com./

Mrs. Gladys Fern Blankenship, 98, of Huntington, widow of Marvin L. Blankenship, Sr. passed away Friday August 10, 2012 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm, Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Harmony United Methodist Church, where she has been a long time member with Rev. Phil Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park.

She was born March 16, 1914 in Wayne County, a daughter of the late Stephen Henry and Charlotte Plybon Barbour. She and her husband were self employed Grocers in Huntington.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Thacker, 2 sons, Jennings Blankenship and Marvin Blankenship, and 8 siblings.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Myra and Charles Nash of Huntington, a son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Ann Blankenship of Billingsley, AL, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and many great great grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Jennings W., 74, 08Jun1931 - 02May2006, Huntington, Cabell, WV, WV/NC-232-48-7579

SSDI; Blankenship, Marvin, 74, 13Apr1909 - ??May1983, Huntington, Cabell, WV, WV-234-05-3403       

 

2012, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.morrisfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1580595&fh_id=10349

Tyler Scott Blankenship, 12, of Huntington, WV, passed away Monday, September 3, 2012 at his residence.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:30 pm Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel by Brother Joe Stowers. Burial will follow at Blankenship Cemetery, Wayne, WV.

He was born September 27, 1999 in Huntington, WV, a son of Dennis Blankenship (Michele), James Larry Staley (Andrea Harmon) and mother Angela Dawn Wilson Leedy and husband, Frederick. Tyler attended Buffalo Middle School and was also a student at Buckeye Boxing. He was an avid WVU Mountaineer Fan.

His great-grandfather, Floyd Blankenship preceded him in death.

Additional survivors include his sister, Lexi Dawn Staley; two step-sisters, Jasmyn Phillips and Ashah Brenwalt; four step-brothers, Derrick Leedy, Shane Leedy, Jonathan Leedy and Zach Brenwalt; his grandparents, Steve and Deborah Bell of Huntington, WV, Dennis and Tammy Blankenship of Wayne, WV, Charles Staley of East Lynn, WV, Toni Osburn of Wayne, WV;a special friend, Nick Blankenship; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Lufkin Daily News on December 9, 2012

Funeral services for W. Garland Forrest, 90, of Huntington will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Huntington with Reverend Michael Reese officiating. Interment will follow in the Ivy Cemetery.

Mr. Forrest was born July 27, 1922 in Huntington, Texas to the late Joshua Travis and Novie (Walker) Forrest, and died Saturday, December 8, 2012 in a local nursing home. He was a lifetime resident of Huntington. Mr. Forrest served in the U.S. Army and retired from Texas Foundries following 19 years of employment. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Garvis and Wanda Forrest and Frederick Allen and Kathie Forrest, all of Huntington; grandsons, Greg Duane Forrest of Huntington and Mitchell Forrest of Houston; sisters and brother-in-law, Nona Cartwright, Emily Stanberry, both of Huntington, Marceil Waltman of Lufkin, and Novie Lou and Doug Blankenship of Kingwood; brother and sister-in-law, Jess and Betty Forrest of Lufkin; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Mayes) Forrest.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Dock Creek Cemetery and Mausoleum

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104647733

Blankenship, Curtis Lew, 26Jan1939, Holden, Logan Co., WV, 29Jan2012, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV,

              S/o Richard Dick Blankenship (1915 - 1998) & Rachel Ramey (1922 - 1988).

Obituary;

Rev. Curtis L. Blankenship, 73, of Huntington, WV, went home to be with the Lord at his residence on Sunday, January 29, 2012, at 11:26 a.m.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV, by Elder Darrell Damron with Paul Smith assisting. Burial will follow at Dock's Creek Cemetery at Kenova, WV.

He was born January 26, 1939, at Logan, WV, a son of the late Richard and Rachel Ramey Blankenship. Curtis was a retired coal miner for Youngstown Mining Corp. and was a member of the UMWA. He was also a retired minister and a U.S. Army Veteran.

A son, Curtis Ray Blankenship and a granddaughter Rachel May Adkins also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Betty Jewell Bryant Blankenship; three children, Evelyn May Adkins and husband, William of Prichard, WV, Terry Lee Blankenship and wife, Melissa, of Ohio, and Bruce Allen Blankenship and wife, Michelle of Prichard, WV; four brothers, Kermit Blankenship of Ohio, Emmitt Blankenship of Kenova, WV, Cebern Blankenship of Logan, WV, and Thomas Blankenship of Nicholas, WV; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Death,

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - April 12, 2013

Autho Blankenship, 67, of Huntington died April 11 in Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Johnson Tiller Funeral Home, Wayne, is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - April 20, 2013

Clyde L. Wooten, 80, of Huntington, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center following a short illness. Born August 21, 1932, in Holden, he was a son of the late Fred and Polly Blankenship Wooten of Holden.

Also preceding him in death was his first wife, Donna Gordon Wooten; daughter, Kay LaRue; sisters, Virginia Hutchinson, Mildred Parsley, Irene Hammersley and Mae Adkins, and his brothers, James Wooten and Larry Wooten.

Clyde was a 1951 Logan High School graduate and a graduate of Marshall University. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, a member of the Steele United Methodist Church in Barboursville, and retired from Nationwide Life Insurance Company after 37 years.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Thomas Wooten; two daughters, Kim (Mark) Rose and Stacie (Joe) Nahstoll, all of Louisville, Ky.; one son, Dr. Adam (Mandy) Wooten of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Mary Lou (Leonard) Hovis of Logan; brothers, Tommy (Donna) Wooten of Lexington, and Howard (Lois Ann) Wooten and Bobby (Sharon) Wooten, both of Logan; sister-in-law, Betty Wooten of Logan; four grandchildren, Hunter and Logan Rose, and Madison and Connor Nahstoll, all of Louisville; special nieces and nephews, Gale (Gretchen) Hutchinson, Kasha Cohen, Debbie Wooten, Sandy (Jim) Shea, Kellie (Bart) Willis, Karen (John) Gregory, Kristen (Brad) Erdman, Jennifer (Lyle) McCarty, Julie (John) Zuspan, Jill Siegle, Ashley (Jeff) Robinette, Jack David "Butch" Parsley, Chris (Michele) Hovis and Chad (Sarah) Hovis; his great-nieces and nephews, Beth and Kevin Parsley, Nicole Cohen, Kaley Gregory, Zach Zuspan and Ella, Riley and C.J. Hovis.

Services will be conducted at l p.m. Monday, April 22, at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. John Sauvage and Rev. Ralph Sager officiating. Entombment will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Funeral

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - June 15, 2013

Lewis Albert Medley, Jr., of Huntington, 2 p.m., Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne; Blankenship Cemetery, Wayne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Peggy-Theis&lc=4394&pid=165450907&mid=5575938

Margaret Jean (Peggy) Theis, age 83, joined that great cloud of faithful witnesses on Friday, June 21,2013. The grace, trust, and calm spirit with which she faced her last illness has been a beautiful demonstration of the peace of God that surpasses understanding.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Hissem and Helen Cunningham Hissem; brother, Alan Hissem; sister, Betty Morris; and husbands, Walter D. Moore and John Theis.

Peggy delighted in special times with her family. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law who lovingly cared for her in recent months, Cindy and Howard Jones of Birmingham, Alabama; her daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Robert Kilgore of Pritchard, West Virginia; six grandchildren whom she adored, Adam Jones and wife Carla, Timothy Jones and wife Manna, Meghann Blankenship and husband Jeff, Marissa Jones, April Kilgore and Rob Kilgore; and six precious great-grandchildren, Grant, Natalie, and Alyse Jones, Riley Jones, Jackson and Brooklyn Blankenship. Peggy is also survived by her nieces and nephew, many friends, and her faithful pet and companion, Toby.

Peggy loved her brothers and sisters in the Lord's church at 26th Avenue in Huntington, W Va., and in Chelsea, Al. Though her time at Chelsea was brief, she encouraged and inspired by her example of humility, faith, and love. Peggy also touched the lives of many colleagues and students in the School of Medicine at Marshall University. Her many years of dedicated service to the medical school leave a lasting legacy.

The family will receive friends on, June 24, 2013, from 6pm until 8pm at Chapman's Mortuary in Hunington, West Va. Funeral service will be June 25, 2013 at 10am. The family will receive friends in Birmingham on June 27, 2013, from 6pm until 8pm at Ridouts Southern Heritage. Funeral services will be June 28, 2013, at 10am at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Peggy's family has established the Peggy (Margaret) Theis Endowed Scholarship to benefit the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. Donations may be made in her memory in care of Margaret "Peggy" Theis Scholarship at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, att: Linda Holmes, 1600 Medical Center Drive, Huntington, WV 25701.

Throughout her life, Peggy faced trials, uncertainty, and loss with faith and an indomitable spirit, always ready to courageously begin again. Never was this more evident than in her decision this year to leave her home, possessions, and friends of many years in order to be near her daughter and join her new spiritual family at Chelsea. Peggy was not daunted when she became ill. She began again, not knowing what the future held, for she was truly looking for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Although we will miss her dearly, we know that we will meet her again in that land.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - July 8, 2013

Amy Hope Douthat Roberts, 86, of Huntington, beloved wife of Swanson Roberts, died Friday, July 5, 2013.

She is survived by her husband and children, Kathryn Roberts Copley of Huntington and Stephen G. Roberts (Anne) of Charleston; five granddaughters, Kathryn "Rynnie" Ross Cotter (Scott) of Bethesda, Md., Katelyn Copley Duncan (Donald) of Huntington and Elizabeth, Kathryn and Sarah Roberts of Charleston; two great-grandsons, Andrew Roberts Warner and Eli Dodge Duncan; and a step-great-granddaughter, Emma Cotter. She is also survived by her brother, Stratton L. Douthat (Gail) of Plainfield, Vt.; nephews, Stratton, Christopher and Thomas (Rebecca) Douthat; and niece, Kate Douthat.

She was predeceased by her parents, Nelle Kathryn Blankenship Douthat and Leland Sutherland Douthat; grandson, Stephen Douthat Roberts; and close first cousin, Martha Ann Warren.

Mrs. Roberts was born April 4, 1927, in Huntington. While raising her children, she resumed her education at Marshall University and Eastern Michigan University, graduating cum laude from Marshall in 1968. She had deep roots in West Virginia. She was a great-granddaughter of Dr. Robert William Douthat, a founder of West Virginia University and the second president of the University of Charleston. She taught school in Huntington, Miami, Fla. and Al Khabar, Saudi Arabia, where she and her husband lived for a number of years. She also taught at the American International School and the Women's Institute of Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. She and her husband traveled to many parts of the world, some of her favorites being northern Italy, England, the Greek Isles, sailing the Nile River and crossing the Panama Canal. Huntington was also a favorite of hers, as that is where she grew up, raised her family and returned after living in Tampa, Miami, Atlanta and Saudi Arabia. Here and in their winter home in Summerfield, Fla., she continued her enjoyment of bridge, reading, gardening, tennis and, in later years, computer games, crossword puzzles and her great-grandsons. She was a former docent at the Huntington Museum of Art. Her family thanks the many friends she made over the years at the Gallaher Village Library for their kindness and, more recently, to Jo Ghiz and Trish Finley of Hospice of Huntington for their assistance, care and concern.

A private family committal will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from August 17 to August 18, 2013

Dallas Howard Jude, 80, of Huntington, formerly of Blackberry City, passed away at home Thursday, August 15, 2013. Born November 6, 1932, in Blackberry City, he was a son of the late David C. and Stella Mae Butler Jude.

Also preceding him in death were three sisters, Evelyn Hatfield, Rosalie Huffman and Arlene Hatfield, and three brothers, Fenton, Edwin and Adlai Jude. Dallas was a U.S. Army veteran, retired teacher at Matewan High School and a member of Matewan Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Geraldine Smith Jude; a son, David C. Jude (Lori) of Huntington; a daughter, Vickie Ann Savage (Matt) of Staunton, Va.; a sister, Betty (Jim) Blankenship of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Melbourne (Brenda) Jude and Harold Jude, both of Blackberry City; four grandchildren, Benjamin D. Jude, Amy E. Jude, Adam B. Honaker and Kelly A. Savage, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at Matewan Missionary Baptist Church with Pastors Carl Butler and Don Matney officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - October 6, 2013

Ralph Edward Ramey, 50, of Huntington, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013. He was born October 21, 1962 in Huntington, a son of Kessellene Adkins Prolow of Branchland, W.Va., and the late Wondell Ramey.

He is survived by one daughter, Samantha Blankenship of North Carolina; one son, Ralph Ramey of North Carolina; three sisters, Joyce Newsome, Jean Crum and Darlene Walker; three brothers, Sam Ramey, Wondell Ramey and Raymond Ramey; his stepfather, Edward Prolow; five grandchildren; his fiancé, Tonia Parker and her children, Sammi Jo and Keith Parker.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Freedom Freewill Baptist Church in Kiahsville, W.Va., by the Rev. Danny Roberts. Burial will be in the Virgil Ramey Cemetery, Ranger, W.Va.

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2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Lufkin Daily News on Nov. 21, 2013

Memorial services for Calvin Smith, 55, of Huntington will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 in the Snead Linton Funeral Home Chapel.

Calvin was born September 11, 1958 in Livingston and died November 19, 2013 at his residence. Calvin was in construction and worked different jobs as the supervisor. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and loved woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Rocky and Angela Smith, all of Huntington; grandchildren, Cecil Smith, Johnny Smith, Cody Smith, Steven Cross, Hannah Mathis and Jenna Mathis; great-grandchildren, Rylan Evett, Wesson Evett and Branton Mathis; father, Ernest Smith; brother, Robert Smith; sister, Dianna Blankenship, all of Zavalla, Donna Smith of Lufkin, Darlene Longshore of New Hampshire; brothers, Danny Smith of Zavalla and James Smith; sister, Denice Powell, both of Huntington; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Calvin was preceded in death by his mother, Carrie Jean Dodson; maternal grandparents, Joseph Quin and Gertrude Dodson; and paternal grandparents, Joe and Eugene Smith.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Snead Linton Funeral Home.

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2013, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV, Obituary

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - December 20, 2013

George Ivan Holley, 77, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was born August 16, 1936, a son of the late William Clayton and Georgia Barnett Holley.

A sister Gerri Patterson also preceded him in death. He was a retired employee of the Ohio River Company and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post 93 of Kenova, W.Va.

Survivors include a special friend who took care of him, Linda Holley of Lesage, W.Va.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karen McClellan of Huntington and Linda and Brent Massie of Prichard, W.Va.; two sons Greg Holley of Huntington and Brad and Lynn McReynolds of Santa Anna, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Brian and Angie McClelland of Huntington, Brittany Massie of Prichard, Melissa and Chris Adkins, Patrick Holley and Bethany Holley, all of Huntington, and Scott McReynolds and Taylor McReynolds, both of California; two great-grandchildren, Emilie McClellan and Luke Adkins, both of Huntington; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Faye and Sam Clay of Spring Hill, Fla., Kay Blankenship of Huntington, and Carol and Charlie Arms of Grafton, Ohio; and a brother and sister-in-law Mike and Linda Holley of Huntington; and his dog "Buddy."

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with Brother Dale Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Clay                                                                                                                   

 

+2012, Maysel, Clay Co., WV, Obituary

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Ernest Ray Blankenship, 84, of Maysel entered into rest Thursday, January 19, 2012. Born June 27, 1927 in Dundon, WV, he was the son of the late Giles and Sobina Mullins Blankenship.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Lora Sampson Blankenship; sons, Ernest Ray Blankenship, Jr. and Larry Blankenship; brothers, Gerald and James; half-brothers, Dempse, Dencil, and Otis; half-sisters, Gladys and Opal. He was a retired diesel mechanic and welder with Blackrock Construction.

Ernest is survived by his sons, Billy Blankenship and his children, Amanda Mullins, Miranda Salisbury, Billie Pringle and Christopher Blankenship; Stephen and Cheryl Blankenship and children, Jessica and Justin Blankenship; daughters, Peggy and Tom Dawson and their son, Danny; Kimberly and Ray Blake and children, David and Katelin Thomas; Janet and Keith Myers and children J.R. and Jody; 10 great-grandchildren, brothers, Charles Blankenship of Vero Beach, Fl., Junior Blankenship of Maysel, David Blankenship of Harpers Ferry, sister, Jean Church of Maysel.

There will be no services.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Ovapa, Clay Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - December 24, 2013

Dexter M. Dawson, 80, of Ovapa, entered into rest Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 8, 1933, he was the oldest son of Hubert and Flora (Butcher) Dawson.

Dexter is survived by his loving wife of 54 years and 11 months, D. Karen Dawson; children, Kim and (Russ) Harper and Victor and (Penny) Dawson; grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin) Boyce, Amy (Jon) Pinson, Tyler Dawson (Suzanne Snyder), Jeffery (Jessie) Sams and Jared Sams (Chelsea Blankenship ); great-grandchildren, Levi, Luke, Lane and Liam (expected arrival January 2014), Boyce, Avery Pinson, Jeffery III and Dawson Sams; brothers, Dudley, Dane and Daniel Dawson; and sister, Claudia O'Dell.

Dexter was a member of Clendenin Advent Christian Church, a graduate of Clay County High School and retired from Columbia Gas. He enjoyed reading, following the Mountaineers, the Herd and, most of all, spending time with his family.

It was Dexter's wish to donate his body to Human Gift Registry so he could continue giving in death as he did in life, hoping to find a cure for cancer.

A celebration of life service will be held at Clendenin Advent Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. Following the service there will be a lunch served in the fellowship hall.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Doddridge                                                                                                         

 

2012, West Union, Doddridge Co., WV, Obituary

Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA) - January 24, 2012

Thomas R. Blankenship Jr., "TJ", 20, of West Union, W.Va., and formerly of Elkton, Va., died tragically Dec. 29, 2011, in Barbour County, W.Va. TJ was born on July 16, 1991, in Clarksburg, W.Va., but spent most of his life in the Rockingham County area. He attended Spotswood High School and graduated from Dodge Ridge High School in West Union, W.Va., in June 2009. TJ loved the outdoors camping and fishing, visiting amusement parks, hanging out with friends, listening to the music of Jason Aldean and supporting his favorite NFL team, the San Diego Chargers.

Surviving are his beloved mother, Tena Mae Painter of Elkton; father, Thomas R. Blankenship Sr. of West Union; maternal grandmother and step grandfather, Dorothy Painter Miller and Wilfred Miller of Broadway; sisters, Shana Coleman of Elkton and Ariel Blankenship and Skye Falls of West Union; and brother, Chance Blankenship , also of West Union. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a maternal grandfather, Richard A. Painter Sr., and paternal grandmother, Patricia Matheny.

He will be laid to rest at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens on Friday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Richard Early officiating a graveside service. His body will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Fayette                                                                                                              

 

2012, Danese, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - August 12, 2012

Delbert Lee Brant of Danese went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center [Fairlea, Greenbrier Co., WV]following a long illness. Born November 1, 1939, in Lewisburg, WV, to the late Ema Edward Brant, and Mary Jack Brant.

In addition to his parents Delbert was preceded in death by a daughter Beverly Redden Morrell, a sister Evelyn Blankenship, and his brother Edward Brant.

Mr. Brant is survived by his wife Karen Simms Brant, their daughters Debra Brant of Meadow Bridge, Sharon Kupferer and husband Brian of Phoenix, AZ, and Karen Martin of Danese, their sons Rick Redden and his wife Stephanie of Rainelle, and Jesse Redden of Danese, and a sister Phyllis Dawson and husband Dewey of Parkersburg, WV, along with 5 grandsons, 3 Granddaughters, and 3 Great-Grandchildren.

He was retired from the auto industry where he was a factory worker for General Motors. He attended the Faith Free Will Baptist Church of Danese. He also enjoyed gardening and yard work.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 13, 2012, at the Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Danese at 2 p.m. with a one-hour visitation held prior. Burial following at Simms family Cemetery on Loops Road in Danese with Pastor Allen Whitt officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - March 20, 2013

Aline Faye Sizemore Shrewsberry, 90, of Fayetteville, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. Born March 2, 1923, at Corrine, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Rosie Gay Blankenship Sizemore. Mrs. Shrewsberry was a member of the New River Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Estel Shrewsberry, four sons, William Talbert, Timothy, Edward and Drewie Paul and caregiver, Mary Shrewsberry.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Phyllis Repass of Scarbro, daughter, Faye Sizemore of Princeton, son, Leon Shrewsberry and wife, Rita of Fayetteville, son, Byron Shrewsberry and wife, Linda of Lebanon, TN, son, Jerry "Jake" Shrewsberry of Scarbro, daughter, Evie Perkins and husband, James of Fayetteville, daughter, Sylvia Davidson of Wytheville, VA, daughter, Donna Milam and husband, John of Scarbro, daughter, Cynthia England of Oak Hill and son, Terry Shrewsberry and wife, Julia of Inwood. Also surviving are her 54 grandchildren, 98 great grandchildren, 24 great great grandchildren, and sisters, Willie Mae Haynes of Princeton, Georgia Shrewsberry of Sand Gap and Rosie Sizemore of Pineville.

Aline was the matriarch of a large, loving family and was truly an angel here on earth. She always saw the best in everyone and held her family and friends close to her heart. Aline enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, canning, reading the Bible, and working puzzle books. Aline enjoyed most serving the Lord and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with James Perkins and Pastor George Secrist officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1930 Census, Barkers Ridge District, Wyoming, WV,

Sizemore Charley H.          45, M, WV, Head,

Sizemore Rosa G.                             28, F, WV, Wife,

Sizemore Oliver                 12, M, WV, Son,

Sizemore Cifford E.           11, M, WV, Son,

Sizemore Catholine           10, F, WV, Dau,

Sizemore Pauline               07, F, WV, Dau,

Sizemore Aline                   07, F, WV, Dau,

Sizemore Aven                   03, M, WV, Son,

Sizemore Georgie E.          01, F, WV, Dau,

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1940 Census, Barkers Ridge District, Wyoming, WV,

Sizemore, Charley             55, M, WV, Head,

Sizemore, Gay                    38, F, WV, Wife,

Sizemore, Aven                  15, M, WV, Son,

Sizemore, Georgia             12, F, WV, Dau,

Sizemore, Willie Mae        10, F, WV, Dau,

Sizemore, Arthur                08, M, WV, Son,

Sizemore, ------,                 00, F, WV, Dau,

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2013, Montgomery, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - August 13, 2013

Donald Eugene Pritt, 50, of Montgomery, died August 8, 2013. He was born February 15, 1963, and was the son of the late Henry Daniel and Lillian "Tunie" Blankenship Pritt.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Charles Blankenship and Pastor Mark Meeker officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Mount Hope, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - April 19, 2013

Rupert Blankenship, 36, of Mount Hope, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Oak Hill, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - February 13, 2013

Betty Jo Brooks, 75, of Oak Hill, passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following a short illness. Born Nov. 20, 1936, at Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James M. and Hazel Lee Blankenship Pierce. Betty was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had worked as a nurse's assistant at Fayette Continuous Care in Oak Hill, and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron 'Bruce" Brooks in 2003; three daughters, Sharon Legg, Brenda Maynor, and Marie Buckland; two sons, John and Lloyd Brooks; two brothers, Bill and Russell Pierce, and one granddaughter, Tina Turner.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Brooks of Oak Hill; a sister, Carolyn Lambert of Crab Orchard; three brothers, Roger Pierce of Beckley, Wayne Pierce of Beckley, and Ronald Pierce of Crab Orchard; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, W.Va. Burial will follow in Simms Cemetery on Loops Road, Sewell Mountain in Rainelle. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Grant District, Jackson Co., WV,

Pierce, Nelson                   44, M, WV, Head,

Pierce, Hazel                     36, F, WV, Wife,

Pierce, Olan                       16, M, WV, Son,

Pierce, Rodney                   15, M, WV, Son,

Pierce, Sylvia                     13, F, WV, Dau,

Pierce, Margaret               10, F, WV, Dau,

Pierce, Raymond                11, M, WV, Son,

Pierce, Betty                      07, F, WV, Dau,

Pierce, Rosellen                 05, F, WV, Dau,

Pierce, Normagene            03, F, WV, Dau,

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2012, Kimberly, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - February 1, 2012

Elizabeth Ann "Libby" Webb, 72, of Kimberly died January 30, 2012. She was born June 8, 1938, in Kimberly, and was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred Walker Loudermilk.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Michael Webb. She was the receptionist at Narco Incorporated in Cannelton with over 20 years of service, and formerly worked at Coal Valley Clinic in Smithers.

Surviving are her children, Lisa Senters and her husband, Chris, of Culloden, Susan Mitchell and her husband, Lee, of Sissionville and Shawn Webb and his wife, Marcy, of Powellton; grandchildren, Andrea Fleming, Heather Fleming, Amber Chapman, Shawn Senters and Harley Webb; step grandchildren, Samantha Blankenship, Jonathan Blankenship and Dakota Hivley; aunts, Zelma Ohlinger and Emma Jones; and five great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with the Rev. John Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Mount Hope, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - September 22, 2012

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Sibray Howard, 86, of Mount Hope, died on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at her home. Born November 27, 1925, at Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Donald L. and Dorothy Irene Schaub Sibray.

She graduated from Rivesville High School in Fairmont where she was salutatorian of her class and a graduate of West Virginia University. Mrs. Howard was a Fayette County school teacher having retired from Mount Hope Middle School. Mrs. Howard was a member of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church where she loved to sing in the choir. She was a member of the Mount Hope Federated League, Fayette Study Club, Delta Gamma Sorority at WVU and was an avid Bridge player. The Howard family would like to thank Misty Hall, Sarah Acord, and Wanda Ball for their wonderful care.

Three brothers, Bill Sibray, John Sibray, and Richard Sibray, and a sister, Caroline Probst, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, of 64 years, Thomas W. "Tom" Howard, daughter, Linda Howard Brown and husband, Steve, of Mount Hope, two sons, Dr. Thomas W. Howard II and wife, Jan, of Hurricane, and Charles Howard and wife, Lorna Waddell, of Morgantown, six grandchildren, Dr. Thomas W. Howard III, Dr. Alex Howard, Grant Howard, William Brett Brown, Will Howard, and Charley Howard, two brothers, James Sibray of Beckley and Tom Sibray of Valparaiso, Ind., and two sisters, DeeDee Zotcavage of Millersville, Md., and Phronsie Blankenship of Virginia.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church with Pastor Beth Stone officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill. Grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers.

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2013, Mount Hope, Fayette Co., WV, Death

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - December 4, 2013

Dawn Joyce Blankenship Tharp, 62, of Mount Hope, died on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Ms. Tharp was cremated. No visitation or service is planned at this time.

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2012, Oak Hill, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - July 18, 2012

Zackary David Baumbush, 33, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012. Born November 12, 1978, at Beckley, the son of the late David Baumbush and Deborah Johnson Blankenship of Oak Hill.

Zackary was an Oak Hill High School graduate class of 1997. Zackary was a coal truck driver where he worked in Pax, W.Va.

Zackary was preceded in death by his father David Baumbush.

Those left to cherish his memory include four children Star Baumbush, Tristan Baumbush, Nova Leigh Baumbush, and Andrian Baumbush; former wife and mother of his children Joy Baumbush; former wife Pamela Baumbush; mother and step-father Deborah and Phillip Blankenship; grandparents Jerry and Charlotte Johnson; sister Shannon Bird and her husband Andrew and niece Abygail Bird of Fayetteville; half-sister Sarah Baumbush of Albuquerque NM; step-sister Leslie Blankenship and step-brother Steven Blankenship, both of Ohio; three aunts Karen Willis of Oak Hill, Terrie Lucas and her husband J.C. Lucas of The Plains. Va., Kimberly Frady and her husband David of Oak Hill; five uncles Jerry Johnson and his wife Rita of Beckley, Matthew Johnson and his wife Terri of Irmo S.C., Sam Adkins and his wife Kristan of Oak Hill, and Darrell Adkins and Marshall Adkins, both of Oak Hill.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. (today) Wednesday, and where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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2012, Oak Hill, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - November 2, 2012

Jimmie Smith Ellis, 74, of Oak Hill, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 29, 2012. Born January 22, 1937, he was a son of the late Thomas and Ida Johnson Ellis. Jimmie loved the Lord; he always witnessed about the Lord with everyone he met. He loved his family and was a good and kind person. Jimmie worked in the coal mines for over 30 years. He attended North Sand Branch Worship Center.

In addition to his parents, Jimmie is preceded in death by his brothers, Charlie Ellis, Billy Ellis, Daniel Ellis and Bobby Ellis; sisters, Thelma Harper, Louise McDougall, Georgia Ellis, Linda McKinney; granddaughter, Brittany Ann Williams.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Betty Jo Ellis of Oak Hill; daughters, Kathy Perry and husband Wayne of Oak Hill, Debbie Christian of Morgantown, Vicki Bourogaa of Atlanta, Ga., Pam Kelley and husband Ray of Glen Jean; brother, Tommy Ellis and wife Lucille of Sophia; sisters, Janey Sweeney of Ohio, June Blankenship and husband Bob of Ohio; six grandchildren, two great-granddaughters.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2012, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Faith Chapel, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Entombment will follow.

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2012, Oak Hill, Fayette Co., WV, Obituary

Fayette Tribune (Oak Hill, WV) - December 12, 2012

Helen Marie Wilson Davis, 59, of Oak Hill, formerly of Beckwith, died Dec. 4, 2012, at home. Born Nov. 27, 1953, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late Raleigh and Catherine Smith Wilson.

She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Davis, in 2001. Mrs. Davis was a member of Sand Branch Worship Center and a homemaker.

Surviving: her daughters, Lisa Helems of Fayetteville, and Kristy Smith and Heather Davis, both of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Daniel Helems, Quinton Helems, Kelsi Walker, Kaylea Blankenship and Kolby Hunt; sisters, Debbie Gilliam and Violet Brubaker; and lifelong friend, Robin Rice.

Funeral services were Dec. 7 at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ken Souder and Pastor Freddie Stapleton officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Harrison                                                                                                           

 

2013, Enterprise, Harrison Co., WV, Obituary

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Florence Jean Arnold, 69, of Rt. 1, Enterprise, passed away at 11:00pm, Friday, February 22, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Idamay [Marion Co., WV], January 8, 1944 a daughter of the late Richard and Myrtle Jones Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Arnold, January 8, 2010.

Surviving are one daughter, Geral Calkins and her husband Kenneth, Enterprise, two sons, Fred Arnold, Jr., David Arnold, both of Enterprise, five grandchildren, James Kendall, Stacy Furner, David Arnold, James Arnold, and Megan Jecko, three great-grandchildren, Andrew Kendall, Megan Furner, and Joey Furner, one sister, Joann Weaver.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Robert and James Arnold, one sister, Eileen Miller and one brother, Tom Blankenship.

Friends may call at the Perine Funeral Home, Rt. 19 South, Shinnston, from 4-8pm, Monday where funeral services will be held at 11am, Tuesday, February 27 with Pastor Richard Wilson officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Enterprise.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com. The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Arnold family.

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Enterprise, Harrison Co., WV, IOOF Cemetery

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Arnold, Florence Jean Blankenship,08Jan1944, Idamay, Marion Co., WV, 22Feb2013, Harrison Co., WV,

Obituary;

Florence Jean Blankenship Arnold was born January 8, 1944, in Idamay, daughter of Richard and Myrtle Jones Blankenship. She married Fred Arnold.

Surviving are daughter, Geral (Kenneth) Calkins, sons, Fred Arnold Jr; grandchildren, James Kendall, Stacy Furner, David Arnold, James Arnold and Jecko; great-grandchildren, Andrew Kendall, Megan Furner and Joey Furner and sister, Joann Weaver.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on January 8, 2010; sons, Robert and James Arnold and brother, Tom Blankenship.

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Jackson                                                                                                             

 

2013, Ripley, Jackson Co., WV, Obituary

Jackson Star News (Ravenswood, WV) - September 19, 2013

Alice Elizabeth Casto, 67, of Ripley, passed away Monday afternoon at home following a long illness. She was born October 23, 1945 in Jackson County, daughter of the late Daniel and Belva Simons.

In addition to being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Alice also worked as a dietician at Jackson General Hospital, retiring after many years of service.

Surviving: Her husband of 51 years, Donald Dwight Casto; Sons; Donald Casto Jr (Roberta) of Leroy, Johnny Paul Casto (Rhonda) of Ripley and Christopher Rocco Casto (Jeanette) of Evans; Brothers, Charles Simons (Debbie) of Virginia, Carrol Simons (Patsy) of Spencer, Ray Simons (Kim) of Sandyville, Donald Simons (Barbara) of Leroy, Darrell (Diane) Simons of Ohio, and David Simons (Brenda) of Ripley; Sisters, Doris Blankenship (Donnie) of Leroy and Carolyn Stiwald (Curt) of Ohio; Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Alice Casto will be (today) Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Waybright Funeral Home with Rev. Herman Robinson officiating. Interment will follow the funeral at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Leroy.

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2012, Sandyville, Jackson Co., WV, Obituary

The Jackson Herald, (Ripley, WV) - April 17, 2012

Vonnie Mahood Harper, 58 of Sandyville passed away at her home following a sudden illness. She was born August 23, 1953 in Jackson County a daughter of Monnie Fields Mahood of Statts Mill and the Late Gerald Mahood.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Harper.

She is survived by daughters Lisa Jenkins and husband Dannie of Parkersburg, Trisa Fields and her husband Jodie of Ripley and Sue Ramsey of Sandyville; brothers Delmer Mahood and Jamie Mahood both of Statts Mill, Elmer Mahood of Spencer and Terry Mahood of Millwood; sisters Joyce Beyess of Cottageville and Susie Poe of Statts Mill; grandchildren Christopher and Collin Blankenship, Jenna and Jenny Perkins and Brittany Fields.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor David Fields officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Kanawha                                                                                                          

 

2013, Cedar Grove, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - November 1, 2013

Anna E. Hudnall Fridley, 91, of Cedar Grove, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family, at home. Anna was a devoted wife and mother. She was a homemaker and a charter member of Glasgow Church of the Nazarene.

Anna was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth Fridley; daughter, Roberta Greene; and several brothers and sisters.

Survived by four children, John and Susan Fridley of Palatka, Fla., Kathryn Shelton of Chatham, Va., Richard and Kolleta Fridley of Middleport, Ohio, and Susan Fridley of Cedar Grove; grandchildren, Teri, Robin, Sheri, Alysha, Dana, Kristina, Megan and Courtney; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Ruth Parks of Portland, Ind., and Shirley and Tom Acosta of Canyon Lake, Texas; brother, Gary Adkins of Anderson, Ind.; stepsister, Victoria Hudnall Blankenship of Glasgow; sisters-in-law, Gracie Hudnall of Richmond, Va., and Rachel O'Dell Hudnall of Lynn, Ind.; and son-in-law, Bob Greene of Kure Beach, N.C.

Service will be Saturday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at Glasgow Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Roy Lyons officiating. Entombment will follow the service in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Glasgow.

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2012, Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - March 20, 2012

Everett N. "Eddie" Hobbs, 78, of Charleston departed this life Friday, March 16, 2012. He was born July 7, 1933, in Charleston.

He was predeceased by his parents, John Hobbs and Bessie M. Carper; and brother, Dallas G. Hobbs.

He is survived by his children, Freddie "Jingo" Dunlap (Pam) of Ottawa and Tammy B. Edwards of Richmond, Va.; brothers, Paul A. Hobbs (Mary-Jo), Pat Hobbs, Larry Hobbs and Sherman Hobbs, all of Campbells Creek; sister, Linda S. Hobbs of Campbells Creek; grandchildren, Brandi L. Edwards, Michael C. Edwards, Ashley Dunlap, Tosha Dunlap and Matthew Dunlap; great-grandchildren, McKenna R. Edwards, Kolton R. Blankenship, Tacoma Ramsey, Shaeleigh Dunlap, Carson Stowers and Alexis Moore; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Joyce Buckalew and her son, J R Weekley, and grandson.

Eddie served his country in the Army during the Korean War, where he was discharged after being wounded to near death. He was employed at Jeffco Car Care with longtime friend, Richard "Dickie" Coleman, previously Coleman's Parking Lot, for more than 50 years, located at the corners of Laidley and Quarrier streets.

There will be no service at Mr. Hobbs' request.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - February 13, 2013

Thomas R. Blankenship, 39, of Charleston, passed away February 9, 2013, following a long illness. He was born November 24, 1973, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He is survived by his father, Thomas R. Blankenship Sr., and his mother, Meritta Ann Blankenship, both of Charleston; a sister, Lisa Frontz of Ripley; his five children of Ravenswood; two nieces of Ripley; five uncles and four aunts; and also many cousins. He attended Ripley High School. Tommy, as we called him, was a loving, kind and caring person. We will meet in Heaven one day and he is going to be missed badly until that day.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, February 14, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Moss officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - June 14, 2013

Freda B. Young (affectionately known as "Granny"), 102, formerly of Russellville, W.Va., currently residing in Charleston, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 4, 1911.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Owen "Shorty" Young, three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her daughters Sarah Christenson of Charleston and Margaret Ann Blankenship of Orlando, Fla., and her son Jim Young (Ellen) of Charleston, nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Granny was an inspiration to all who met her. She was a woman of great faith who enjoyed reading her Bible daily. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. She is rejoicing in her heavenly home where she was so graciously received by her loving Father.

Service will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Mike Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - July 2, 2013

Thomas W. "Tommy" Blankenship of Charleston passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at his residence. Tommy was retired as a maintenance worker for the state of West Virginia. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira French and Essie Mae Morrison Blankenship; two sisters, Nancy Albert and Elizabeth Hayes; and two brothers, French Alan Blankenship and Charles William Blankenship.

Tommy is survived by his sister, Goldie Blackwell (Richard) of Avondale, Ariz.; twin brother, Robert Blankenship (Vernell) of Mooresville, N.C.; and four nieces and four nephews.

A tribute to Tommy's life was held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Harding Funerals & Cremations. Interment followed in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

West Virginia, Marriages; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FRFN-B9M

Blankenship, Ira, 24, - Essie Morrison, 23, - 26 Dec 1923, Huntington, Cabell Co.

 

+2012, Cross Lanes, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - May 30, 2012

Mrs. Loma A. Gillispie, 87, of Cross Lanes, died May 28, 2012, at Dunbar Care and Rehab Center. She was born February 21, 1925, in Huntington to the late Flora and Charles Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by former husbands, Leonard Ellis and William Gillispie; stepfather, Jesse Wolfe; daughter, Linda Hinkley; sisters, Edna Dillard and Pauline Litchfield; half-brothers, Eugene and Curtis Wolfe; and half-sister, Maxine Roach.

Surviving are her daughters, Dreama (Del) Igo of Cross Lanes and Joy (John) Bentley of Syracuse, Ohio; half-brothers, Eubulus (Rosemary) Wolfe and Carl (Lou) Wolfe of Charleston; grandchildren, Jenny (Don) Whan and John Bentley, both of Syracuse, Ohio, Joe Hinkley of Parkersburg, Michael (Alice) Hinkley of Richmond, Va., Ann (Mark) Brauner of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Toby (Jennifer) Igo of Cross Lanes; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Although Loma worked at various jobs during her lifetime, she most enjoyed working with children. While living in Syracuse, Ohio, she was an aide at Carleton School. She was also employed in the foster grandparent program at Cross Lanes Elementary School, where she especially enjoyed helping children learn to read.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Philip Dunn, of Valley Christian Assembly, officiating. Interment will be in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Dunbar, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - November 6, 2012

Shannon H. Blankenship, 50, of Dunbar, passed away November 3, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital [South Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV]. His wonderful personality made everyone he met love him. He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and family.

Shannon was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Blankenship, and his brothers, Jessie and David.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Blankenship; son, Brian Blankenship; daughters, Kassandra Blankenship and Leigh Blankenship; brothers, Ward, Kenny and Dale; and sisters, Carol and "BB."

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, November 9, at 451 16th St., Dunbar.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Elkview, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - July 5, 2012

Bonnie V. Ward, 64, of Elkview, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House. Born November 27, 1947, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Delmar Blankenship, Della Mae and Autie Salisbury.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Keith Salisbury.

Surviving are her loving husband and best friend of 47 years, Charles R. Ward; her sons, Charles E. "Chuck" Ward (Sherri Ferguson and her son, Tyler) and James A. "Tony" Ward and his wife, Kim; her cherished granddaughter, Haley Mae Ward, all of Elkview; and mother-in-law, Victoria Ward of Ivydale. Also surviving are her siblings, Eddie Blankenship (Mary Anna) of Atwater, Ohio, Alfred Blankenship (Sue) of Frametown, Barbara Parsons (Eugene) of Bolivia, N.C., Elizabeth Young of Bellevue, Ohio, and Iona Legg (Jerry) of Duck; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, July 7, at Hafer Funeral Home with Minister Steve Fox officiating. Burial will follow in Ward Cemetery, Ivydale.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Kellys Creek, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - October 17, 2013

Pearl Blankenship Slater, 83, of Kellys Creek, entered eternal life to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at home after a long illness.

Left to cherish her memory are her devoted family members: husband, Golden Slater; sons, Virgil Slater, Ronnie Slater (Penny) and Howard Slater (Barb); daughters, Reba Nichols (Timmy), Goldie Lovejoy (Gary), Ruth Slater, Patty Thornton (William) and Carol Slater; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, October 18, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro. Burial will follow the service in Clark Cemetery, Kellys Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Saint Albans, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - April 3, 2012

Lisle E. Burns, better known as Jack Burns, 75, of St. Albans went home to be with his beloved wife, Ethel Marie, son, Lisle E. Burns Jr., and parents, Maude and Elihue Burns, on April 1, 2012, at his home after a short illness. Jack was a longtime resident of St. Albans, and was a retired member of Kanawha County Schools. He was well-known and loved by all, and a beloved father, cherished by his family.

Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth "Buddy" and Dianna Burns of St. Albans, David and Robin Burns of West Hamlin, Jim and Helen Burns of St. Albans and Eddie and Tammy Burns of Grandview Ridge, Red House; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Kenny Lacy of St. Albans and Jackie and Mike Blankenship of Charleston; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jack always said, "I was related to everybody."

Funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, April 4, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, with Pastor Walter Allen officiating. Burial will be in Center Point Cemetery, Liberty.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, St. Albans, Kanawha Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - September 25, 2013

Mrs. Elizabeth Asbury Coles, 79, of St. Albans, passed away September 23, 2013, at Thomas Memorial Hospital [South Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV]. She was retired from CAMC with 10 years of service and attended Bancroft Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Heather Lynn Coles; sister, Mary Snyder; and brothers, Raymond and Aubrey Asbury.

Mrs. Coles is survived by her husband, Edward F. Coles; children, Vicki Goodman, Kelly and husband, Lenox Chandler, and Lisa Blankenship ; brothers, Clifford Asbury, Laddy Asbury, James Asbury and Delford Carter Asbury; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Elizabeth Coles will be 2 p.m. Thursday, September 26, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home with Minister Dan Underwood officiating. Entombment will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lincoln                                                                                                              

 

2013, Branchland, Lincoln Co., WV, Obituary

The Herald-Dispatch, (Huntington, WV) - December 30, 2013

Woodrow Clay, 76, of Branchland, W.Va., passed away December 26, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was born March 28, 1937, a son of the late Thomas and Clara Davis Clay. He was a welder for ACF.

He was also preceded in death by brothers Ancil, Marshall and Tom Clay Jr. and sisters Essie Parsons, Lola Clark, Edna McNeely, Goldie Browning, Pansy Perry and Mae Blankenship.

He is survived by his wife, Oleda "Kate" Clay; son, Rick (Wanda) Clay; daughter, Debbie Clay; grandsons, Jason Clay and Jordan Powell; great-granddaughter, Zoë Clay; sister, Hollena McComas; and a special friend and brother-in-law, Charles "Mutt" Watson.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home in West Hamlin, W.Va., with Eddie Chapman, Johnny Courts and Johnny Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Dial Cemetery in Branchland, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Garretts Bend, Lincoln Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - November 27, 2012

Leonard Phelps, 82, of Garretts Bend, went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at home. He was retired from Painter's Local 970. He was a devoted member of Cobbs Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He loved his family, friends and going camping. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy and Ada Phelps; brothers, Cody, Martin, Virgil and Francis; and sisters, Alice Arnold, Carrie Blankenship, Orpha Mosteller and Hester Sullivan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Thelma Phelps; sister, Thelma Torman; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and many loving nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Sallie of Hospice and Dr. Najarajan.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with pastors Butch Leadman and Phil Suiter officiating. Burial will follow in Orchard Hill Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Harts, Lincoln Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - January 8, 2013

Mitchell Lee Vance, 56, of Harts, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital after a long journey of battling an ongoing illness here on this earth. Born October 9, 1956, in Holden, he was a son of the late Ernest Jr. and Betty Blankenship Vance.

Mitchell was a wonderful and compassionate member of this community and there is not a kinder soul anyone could have had the opportunity to meet. Mitchell was a retired employee with CSX transportation where he built long lasting friendships and cherished those he worked with. Mitchell loved his football and it was always a joy to hear him shout "Let's Go Mountaineers!" Mitchell loved his church family. He belonged to East Fork Freewill Baptist Church in Ranger. He was a wonderful loving husband, father, brother, papaw, uncle and friend!

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Sybil Kelley Vance; two sons: Mitchell Lee Vance II and Rev. Anthony Vance, both of Harts; daughter: Angel Vance of Harts; two brothers: Rev. Ernest Ray (Linda) Vance of Branchland and Rodney (Jeanne) Vance of Ranger; grandson: Conner Higginbotham; granddaughter: Shelby Vance and a host of nieces and nephews and other loved ones who thought the world of him.

Services will be held at noon Thursday, January 10, at Handley Funeral Home, 7350 Lynn Ave, Hamlin, with Rev. Frankie Frye and Rev. Michael Browning officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, West Fork of Harts, Lincoln Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 6, 2013

Sharon Boyd, 58 of West Fork of Harts, departed this life Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her residence. Born September 1, 1954, in Man, she was a daughter of the late Elwood and Freda Mae Salyers.

Also preceding her in death was one sister, Connie White, and two brothers, Rick and David Salyers. Sharon enjoyed weed eating, hunting, scrapbooking, working in her garden, spending time with her family and going to church.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Charles Boyd Sr.; two daughters, Malina (Bill Jr.) Gunnells of Harts, and Sarah Holeston (companion Timothy Erwin) of Danville; two sons, Charles Boyd Jr. and Fred (Emilie) Boyd of Striker Fork; five sisters, Robin (Joey) Green of Quinland, Wanda Salmons of Kermit, Lynn (Donnie) Roberts and Gail (Arlen) Blankenship , both of Shiloh, Ohio, and Linda (Bruce) Johnson of Pecks Mill; one brother, Richard (Niwana) Salyers of Chapmanville, and five grandchildren, Bill Gunnells III, Faith Holeston, Kelsie Combs, Sheyanna Erwin and Justin Carter Boyd.

Services will be held at noon Friday, March 8, at Freeman Funeral Home with Larry Halley officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Charles Boyd Jr., Fred Boyd, Bill Gunnells Jr., Bill Gunnells III, Richard Salyers, Chris Salmons and Timothy Erwin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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2012, Accoville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - December 17, 2012

Rev. Denver "Den" McClellan Jr., 67, of Accoville, celebrated resurrection at his home Saturday, December 15, 2012, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born March 16, 1945, at Lundale, in Logan County, he was a son of the late Denver McClellan Sr. and Martha Fry McClellan.

Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Judy "Ju-Ju" Roberts McClellan; one sister, JoAnn McClellan Mills; one niece, Kristine Frye Blevins and her husband Ricky Dale Blevins; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte "Lottie" McClellan and Nancy McClellan; one brother-in-law, Charles E. Frye; two nephews-in-law, Jack Sturgill and Mike Daniels, and his parents-in-law, Donald and Jackie Roberts.

Den and Ju-Ju were loving parents to many in their family and community. Most notably, Den was a born again Christian and a Holy Spirit filled Child of God. He loved the Lord with all his heart and was a beacon of God's Grace to his community. Den became a member of Becco United Baptist Church on October 19, 1980, an ordained Deacon on July 20, 1985, and an Ordained Minister on June 18, 1989. He was elected Pastor of Becco United Baptist Church on November 15, 1994 and remained Pastor until his Resurrection. A beloved pastor of Becco United Baptist Church for 17 years and one month, Den led many to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although Den and Ju-Ju were not blessed with biological children, Den felt that when he stood before his congregation that God had blessed him with a church filled with children of God to love, nurture, and guide.

Those left to cherish Den's memory include his beloved brothers, Rev. Cecil E. McClellan of Beckley and James "Jim" (Donna) McClellan of Oak Lawn, Ill.; three sisters, Betty (Calvin) Blankenship of Clintonville, Kay Frye of Accoville, who devoted herself to caring for Den throughout his illness, and Cheri (Rick) Brown of Parkersburg; two godchildren, Lucas (Beth) Gallaher of Wallback and Kelly Frye (Carlos) Valerio of Charleston, whom he and Ju-Ju claimed as their own "baby"; Pa-Paw Den's little man, Gabriel Charles Valerio; one maternal aunt, Myrtle Evans of Kistler; one paternal uncle, Robert "Bud" McClellan of Gate City, Fla.; Den's beloved extended family, Lois (Bill) Batts of Oxon Hill, Md., James "JD" (Barbara) Roberts of Accoville, and Kenny (Angi) Roberts of Deale, Md.; many wonderful nieces and nephews; two very special family friends, Jan McCormick and JoAnn Curry; a loving church family and a host of other friends and relatives.

A celebration of life and resurrection will be held at noon Thursday, December 20, at the Becco United Baptist Church at Amherstdale officiated by his trusted, dedicated and exceptional Deacons. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Deacons and Trustees of Becco United Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Amherstdale, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - February 26, 2012

Roy Blankenship, 68, of Amherstdale, went to his Heavenly home Friday, February 24, 2012, from his residence. He was surrounded by his family that adored him. Born June 24, 1943, at Baisden, he was a son of the late Rufus and Lydia Blankenship.

Also preceding him in death was his father- and mother-in-law, Carl and Daisy Baisden, who loved him like a son; one grandson, Eric Goodman, and one step-grandson, Henry Ramsey. Roy was a Christian of the Baptist faith. The priority in his life was his complete devotion and love for his family. He was an avid sports fan his entire life and dearly loved his Cincinnati Reds.

Roy also coached many area youths in Miss Softball America. A retired coal miner formerly employed with Pittston Coal Company, he was a member of the UMWA Local 1971 where he had served as a past local 1971 president. Roy was so admired by his fellow co-workers that he was elected and served as Field Representative in the early 1990s.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 47 years, Shirley Ann Blankenship; one son, Brian Keith (Lisa) Blankenship of Accoville; three daughters, Tina (Christian) Petzer of Mechanicsville, Va., Drema (Timothy) Franklin of Kistler and Karen (Ronald) Ramsey of Amherstdale; six brothers, Omer (Sharon) Blankenship and Johnny (Annetta) Blankenship , both of Justice, Ray (Carolyn) Blankenship , Jerry Blankenship and Jackie (Delina Jo) Blankenship , all of Baisden, and Glen (Carolyn) Blankenship of Nitro; one sister, Ida Mae (David) Burgess of Varney; two grandsons, Kenneth Greene II of Greenville and Brandon Franklin of Kistler; four granddaughters, Whitney Blankenship of Man, Tiffany Blankenship of Logan, Erica Greene of Mechanicsville and Olivia Ramsey of Amherstdale; one step-grandson, Kalan Ramsey of Amherstdale; one step-granddaughter, Latoya Vineyard of Morgantown; two precious great-grandchildren, Preston Hawk Rorrer and Kelsie Jo Greene; his special caretakers from Dignity Hospice, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home with Rev. Denver McClellan officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Greene II, Brandon Franklin, Bill Clark, Parish Harvey, Kalan Ramsey, and Jeremy Rorrer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Amherstdale, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - January 30, 2013

Mary Ruth Elkins, 93, of Amherstdale, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family. Born May 23, 1919, at Cyclone, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison and Bertha Ann Burgess Paynter.

Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Otha Edison Elkins; sons, Roger Lee Burgess, Jennings Lee Elkins, Otha Lynn Elkins and Charles Graves Burgess; daughter, Judy Alice (Joe Douglas) Thompson; one granddaughter, Jennifer Thompson Deel; brothers, Arnold (Hester) Paynter, Calvin (Thelma) Paynter, Dexter (Nellie) Paynter, George (Margaret) Paynter and Eugene (Bonnie) Paynter, and sisters, Nancy (Nathan) Miller, Donzel (Sherman) Blankenship and Virginia Pearl Paynter.

Mary Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was the world's best baker, cook, seamstress and Ms. Fix It. Adored by all who knew her for her gentle, kind and understanding ways, Mary Ruth was a member of the Mallory Church of God and, when she was able, attended church faithfully.

Those left to cherish her memory include her only surviving child, Ramona Kay Poston and her husband, Charles Kelly, of Amherstdale, with whom she made her home; her best friend, Inis Poston of Amherstdale; one sister, Bonnie Eldridge of Campus; daughter-in-law and best friend, Debbie Elkins of Manassas, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Charles Kelly (Crystal) Poston of Moneta, Va., Mark K. Poston of Salem, Va., Sandra Kay (Larry) Adams of Davin, Joey (Becky) Thompson of Canton, N.C., Robin Sue (Michael ) Cline of Abingdon, Va., Kevin (Becky) Thompson of Greenville, Mich., Christopher Thompson and Kevin Elam, both of Man, Christopher (Kelly) Elkins of Florida, Geoffrey Elkins of Manassas, Delana (Kenny) Spence of Shawsville, Va., and Melinda Gibson of Accoville; great-grandchildren, Michael (Dee Dee) Spolarich of Hurricane, Derrick Spolarich of Morgantown, Sheena Cline of Oceana, Nikki Thompson of North Carolina, Jennifer Foran of Illinois, Katie Thompson and Noah Thompson, both of Greenville, Mich., Daryan Thompson of Man and Brittany Sue Deel of Chapmanville, and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, at the Mallory Church of God with Lay Minister Charles Paynter and Rev. Shaun Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Paynter Family Cemetery at Campus. Pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Baisden, Logan Co., WV, Funeral

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - December 15, 2013

Wilma Blankenship, 65, of Baisden died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Full Gospel Church of God at Baisden. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Freedom Full Gospel Church of God with the Rev. Jonas Trent and the Rev. Whimpy Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Mud Lick section of Baisden.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

 

+2013, Baisden, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.mountsfuneralhome.com/obituary/wilma-blankenship

Wilma Blankenship, 65 of Baisden departed this life Thursday, December 12, 2013 from Pikeville Medical Center, [Pike Co., KY]. Born September 16, 1948 at Iaeger, WV she was the daughter of Royal and the late Verlie (Mounts) Blankenship.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by nieces: Angelique Theresa Patrick and Keisha Cline Hatfield.

Wilma loved going to yard sales, church, and spending time with her family and friends, so often she put her life on hold to help others.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Wilma are her husband of 48 years: Toney Blankenship; her sons: Toney (Michelle) Blankenship Jr. and Rocky (Dorothy) Blankenship; her  4 grandchildren: Joshua and Nakita Blankenship, Gregory Toler and Malaki Sheppard; her father: Royal Blankenship; 4 sisters: Sarah (John) Patrick, Ginger (Ken) Robinette, Pinky (Doyle) Cline and Crystal Jones; her 2 brothers: Alfred (Regina) Blankenship and Lucky (Anita) Blankenship; her 7 nieces: Valerie and Amanda Patrick, Ashley Dotson, Adranna Lester, Tianna Lester, Nicole and Vanna Jones; her 3 nephews: Scott and Dustin Blankenship and Chris Patrick.  Also a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Full Gospel Church of God with the Rev. Jonas Trent and Rev. Whimpy Bradford officiating.   Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Mud Lick section of Baisden.  Wilma will be carried to her final resting place by Chris Patrick and other family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Verlie , 73, 19Dec1930 - 03Mar2004, Baisden, Mingo, WV, WV-235-96-7674     

 

+2012, Bruno, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - September 1, 2012

Glenda Nicole "Nikki" Brown, 32, of Bruno, went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 1, 2012, from her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 15, 1980, at Man, she was a daughter of Jo Ann Blankenship Morgan of Gilbert.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, L. C. and Jo Mae Harding Blankenship, and one aunt, Geizel "G.G." Blankenship.

Nikki was a former assistant manager at Burger King at Logan. She was a 1998 graduate of Man High School and was of the Church of God faith. She enjoyed scrap booking, traveling, going to the beach, and 4-wheeling with her husband, Billy. Additionally, those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Billy Brown; one brother, Avery Morgan of Castalia, N.C.; her step-father, Bazz Blankenship of Gilbert; her mother-in-law, Debbie Brown of Bruno; her grandfather-in-law, James Carter of Bruno, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, at the Pathway Church of God at Christian with Rev. Harrison Williamson and Rev. Wesley Browning officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Caleb, Gage, and Aeden White.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bruno, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - February 5, 2013

Naomi Ruth Blankenship, 88, of Bruno, went home to be with the Lord praising Jesus for the power of the Holy Spirit that guided her throughout her life Saturday, February 2, 2013, from Pikeville Medical Center. Born June 7, 1924, at Bruno, she was the last surviving child of the late Noah and Edna "Edy" Trent Walls.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Lonnie Lee Blankenship; two sons, Billy Barrett and Rev. Bennie Blankenship; two sisters, Audrey Montgomery and Marvin Walls; one brother, Buster Walls, and one granddaughter, Beverly Blankenship. Naomi was a homemaker. She was a faithful member of Bruno Church of God where she served the Lord in many capacities. Naomi enjoyed reading the Bible on her front porch and working crossword puzzles.

Those left to cherish her memory include one daughter, Sally (Ronald) Egnor of South Point, Ohio; son, Jim (Yolanda) Blankenship of Danville and Greg (Karen) Blankenship of Bruno; 10 grandchildren, including a very special granddaughter, Bridget Marcum of Lancaster, Ohio, Billy Barrett, Michelle Barrett, Alexis Blankenship of Chapmanville, Sara Blankenship of Six Mile in Boone County, Brittany Berry, Justin Berry, Christina Berry, all of Bruno, Tyler Wallace of Mud Fork and Morgan Copley of Morgantown; one great-granddaughter, Payton Harvey; her sister-in-law, Rosella Blankenship of Bruno; special friends, Pastor Roger Frye and Anna Walker, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 7, at Bruno Church of God with Pastor Roger Frye officiating. Burial will follow in Browning-Grimmett Cemetery at Bruno. Pallbearers will be Jim Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Jerry Lee Toler, John L. Collins, Ronnie Egnor and Michael Vanover. "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name." — Psalms 103:1

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Lonnie, 66, 25Dec1920 - ??Mar1987, Bruno, Logan, WV, WV-234-22-8982     

 

2013, Bruno, Logan Co., WV, Funeral

Williamson Daily News (WV) - March 21, 2013

Eddie Ray Poe, 59, of Bruno, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Born April 19, 1953 at Iaeger, he was the son of Hattie Poe Blankenship and the late Eddie Ray Hall.

Friends may gather with the family at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Sycamore Hill Cemetery in the Stafford Branch section of Gilbert.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bruno, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - July 19, 2013

Loretta 'Sue' Davis Jewell, 65, of Bruno, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. Born June 30, 1948, at Verner, she was a daughter of the late Ora V. and Lois (Browning) Davis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Angela Denise Jewell Arnold; paternal grandparents, Jesse and Ocie (Browning) Davis and maternal grandparents, Owen and Lizzie Runyon Browning.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joe 'Bo' Jewell; two daughters, Elizabeth Jewell of Bruno and Jennifer (Aaron)Plumley of Accoville; sister Faye Davis of Verner; seven grandchildren, Amber, Michael, Courtney, Jamie-Lyn, Owen, Dalton and Gabe; three great-grandchildren, Kenslee, Zackery and Bryson; aunts, Mila (Alton) Blankenship of Rio Grande, Ohio, and Beulah Poe of Gilbert; her beloved church family, her special caregiver Brittany Osborne and a host of other dear family and friends.

Sue was a member of the Verner Community Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved the Lord and spent most of her life serving Him and others. She was blessed with the gift of being a good organizer and used this gift to help and bless others.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., at the Verner Community Church, with the Revs. Walter Grimmett, Rodney Robinette and Tilly Walls officiating. Burial will follow at the Verner Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Her sister will serve as honorary pallbearer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Chapmanville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 11, 2012

Max Edward Vinson, 80, of Chapmanville, departed this life Friday, March 9, 2012, at CAMC General Division in Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV]. Born December 29, 1931, in Mud Fork at Logan, he was a son of Charles Clifford Vinson and Pearl Vinson Brown.

Also preceding him in death was his grandparents, Henry and Jennie Evans and Jimenson and Patty Hager Vinson; one son, Sheridan Ray Vinson; one daughter, Rebecca Sue Vinson; one grandson, Brian Edward Woody; three sisters, Easter Blankenship, Nina Vinson and Loretta Vinson; one brother, Paul Vinson and his father and mother-in-law, Buford Sr. and Anna Collins. Max enjoyed listening to sports and spending time with his family and friends at Mud Fork.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nancy Alene Collins Vinson; two daughters, Mary (Ed) Woody and Malindia (Wayne) Vinson; two sons, Hurston "Tiny" Vinson and Charles "Chuck" (Lucy) Vinson; six grandchildren, Justin Woody, Melissa (Bobby) Evans, Dustin Woody, Brittany (Jacob) Long, Gabriel Vinson and Ryan Vinson; one great-grandchild, Chase Evans, and one special friend, Gayle Dingess.

Services will be held at noon, Wednesday, March 14, at Freeman Funeral Home with Donnie Wells officiating. Burial will follow at Vinson Cemetery at Harts. Pallbearers will be Justin Woody, Bobby Evans, Dustin Woody, Jacob Long, Gabriel Vinson and Ryan Vinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Hughes, Donnie Watkins, Michael Green, Greg Farley, Fred Miller, Les Bryant, Richard Blankenship and Sammy Cagle.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Chapmanville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.collinsfuneralhomewv.com/obituaries.html

Lisa Ann Blankenship, 47, of Chapmanville, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 19, 2012 at Logan Regional Medical Center after a short illness.  Born July 16, 1964, she was a daughter of the late Landon and Jewell Booth Tomblin.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Kitty  Workman; two brothers, Dewayne and Albert Tomblin; maternal grandparents, Delmar and Ethel Booth; paternal grandparents, Lacy and Augusta Tomblin; her beloved in-laws, Donald and Belvia Blankenship; one brother-in-law Jamie Blankenship; one grandmother-in-law, Easter Day, Hobert Day, whom she considered her uncle; and one nephew, Billy Jo Webb.

Lisa lived life to the fullest.  She enjoyed spending time with her loving husband and family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memories include her husband of thirty years, Donald Blankenship, Jr; two sons, Donald (Kim Miller)Blankenship, III, of Godby Branch and Gabriel (Brittney) Blankenship of Huntington; nine grandchildren, Kerri and Kaylee Blankenship of Godby Branch, Joshua (whom she considered a son), Landon, Alyssa, Abby, Carly, Nevaeh, and Lacy Blankenship, all of Huntington; three sisters, Brenda (Dallas) Hager of Omar, Ethel (Jimmy) White of Mudfork, Kimberly (David) Hutton of North Carolina; one brother, Landon Tomblin, Jr. of Ohio; two aunts, Memory (Harold) Gartin and Anna Femings of Chapmanville, four uncles, Ernest Booth of Chapmanville, Jake (Julia) Booth of Omar, Howard (Flora) Booth of Ohio, and Jess Booth of Holden.  Also the ones whom she considered her aunts and uncles, Billy Ray George and Donetta Roosevelt) Allen, Linda (Leslie) Evans of Logan, Betty Jo (Bill) Carter of Mill Creek, Clyde (Kaye) Akers of Holden; three brothers-in-law, Dennis (Lynn) Blankenship and Lester Workman of Mill Creek, and Dale Blankenship of Omar; one sister-in-law, Joann (Eli) Webb; one very special friend, whom she considered family, Ransom Conley of Godby Branch; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1 pm at the Collins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wayne Meadows, Jr. and Rev. Donnie Wells officiating.  Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Micheal Tomblin, Gregory Workman, Ransom Conley, Gabriel Blankenship, Jay Stewart, Lester Workman, Ronnie Hepler, and Scottie White.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Joshua Blankenship, Donald Hager, Eli Estepp, Joshua Allen, Clyde Akers, Billy Ray George, Dennis Blankenship, Ernest, Jake, Howard and Jess Booth.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Chapmanville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - December 3, 2012

Mr. Ralph Wingler, 83, of Crawley Creek of Chapmanville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 2, 2012, at his residence. Born September 22, 1929, at Accoville, he was a son of the late Rev. Everett and Zida Bailey Wingler.

Also preceding him in death were his mother and father-in-law, Curtis and Nora Casey; one brother, Fred Wingler; two sisters, Ruby Morris and Mildred Perry; two brothers-in-law, Freddy McCoy and James Duncan, and one granddaughter, Chasity Hatfield.

Ralph was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired coal mine foreman after 35 years. He was also the owner of the former Ralph's Union 76 Gas Station located at Man, a skilled carpenter and mechanic and was a member of the Victory Freewill Baptist Church. Some of his favorite pastimes he enjoyed were playing and coaching softball, hunting, fishing and playing guitar.

Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Mavis Wingler, and her children, Teresea Collene (Mike) Weir and Timothy Roscoe Massie, both of Virginia; first wife, Mary Lou Wingler of Lorado and their children, Ralph David (Linda) Wingler, also of Lorado, LaDonna (Rick) Adkins of Glen Allen, Va., Mike (Kay) Wingler and Rhonda (David) Adkins, both of Accoville, Terri (Bob) Blankenship of Lyburn, Kim (Phil, who was a very special son-in-law) Deskins of Pecks Mill, Joe (Jackie) Wingler of Charleston and Benny Clay of Hinton; two brothers, Billy (Beatrice) Wingler of Kistler and Bobby Wingler of Mansfield, Ohio; four sisters, Madeline McCoy of Huntington, Francis Duncan of Accoville, Loraine (Red) Elkins of Amerstdale and LouAnna (Allen) Workman of Charleston; 28 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and church family.

Graveside services and burial with Military Rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, at the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill with Rev. Joey Kennedy and Rev. Roscoe Chafin officiating. Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Chapmanville, Logan Co., WV, Accident

The Logan Banner, (WV) - December 5, 2012

Shannon Marie Blankenship: Woman hit by train dies.

Critical injures claimed the life of the Logan County woman hit by a train. The incident happened Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. The train hit Shannon Marie Blankenship, 29, of Chapmanville. The incident took place at the crossing in the area near the Rite Aid at Chapmanville. According to reports, Ms. Blankenship made a fatal decision when she decided to try and cross the tracks ahead of the train. She was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. The incident is still under investigation.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Chapmanville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - December 5, 2012

Shannon Marie Taylor Blankenship, 29, of Chapmanville, passed away December 3, 2012.

She is survived by her loving family, her parents, Debrah and Jerry Browning of Hurricane; brother, Mike Taylor (Kera) of Culloden; sisters, Tammy Snyder (Dawson) and Connie Young of Scott Depot; fiance, Jeff May of Chapmanville; grandparents, Charles and Jackie Browning of Scott Depot; her favorite nephew, Evan, who she loved with all her heart; uncles, Butch Browning of Scott Depot and Roger Province (Christy) of Davis Creek; and several cousins.

She was a loving and beautiful daughter, sister, aunt, fiancee, granddaughter, niece and cousin. She loved her family and was loved my so many. She touched so many lives with her kindness and always had a smile for everyone.

A tribute to the life of Shannon Marie Blankenship will be 7 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Gatens-Harding Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Christian, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - May 30, 2012

Ima Jean Workman Templeman, 68, of Christian, passed Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Cornerstone Hospital in Huntington [Cabell Co., WV] after a long illness.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Mason Sr. and Dorthy Barton Blankenship; husband, Roger Burke Workman, and siblings Gustavia and Rebecca, Norville, Emma Jean Rose and Tammy Sue Maynard.

Survivors include her siblings, Mason "Buddy" (Nadine) Blankenship, Arlen (Gail) Blankenship, Luther (Perrle) Blankenship, Ranny (Susie) Blankenship, Darlena Lux, Donna Rae Blankenship and Vickie Lynn Blankenship; children, Roger (Leasa) Workman, Douglas (Thereasa) Workman, Leander (Sharon) Workman, Jennifer (Randy) Blevins and Ralph (Vickie) Workman; grandchildren, Angela Workman, Ashley (Matthew) Gibson, Sean Whitlock, Amber Workman (Moose Blevins), Amanda Tyree (Aaron Ellis), Kendra Workman, Jeromi Workman (Melissa), Kelly Workman, Brandon Workman, Brianna Workman Williams, Tommy, Andy and Brandon Blevins, Michelle, Clinton and James McNeely, Shirley and Jennifer Brown and Shaina (Woody) Cline; great-grandchildren, Maddison Workman, Baily Nelson, Banlah Workman, Ethon Gibson, Kevin, Kaiden, Kayle and Shianne Brown and two on the way; a host of many more friends and family and a dear friend, Vickie Rene Grimmett.

Pallbearers will be family members. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at the Landville Church with Rev. David and Dale Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Christian, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com/obituaries.aspx?turl=http://hosting-22729.tributes.com/show/Donna-Blankenship-Rogers-94698530

Donna Blankenship Rogers, 59, of Christian, went to her heavenly home Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Logan Regional Medical Center after a long illness. She was born January 22, 1953, at Man, the daughter of the late Mason and Dorothy Bartram Blankenship.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rogers; two grandchildren, Walden and Raymond Browning; five sisters, Gustavia and Rebecca Blankenship, Emmalene Rose, Ima Jean Templeman, and Tammy Maynard; and one brother Norville Blankenship. She was a home maker and a sales clerk formerly employed at Murphy Mart at Rita. Donna was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed traveling, talking on the phone, and being with her grandbabies.

Those left to cherish her memory are three children, Charlie (Alice) Rogers of KY, Maggie (Randy) Evans of Christian, and Shelby (James) Hill of Elk Creek; two friends who Donna considered her own children, Sheryl Rogers of Elk Creek and Randy Bobbitt of Christian; four grandchildren, Lilly Rogers of Elk Creek, DJ Browning of Christian, and James "Bubby" Hill and Garrett Hill, both of Elk Creek; two sisters, Darlene Lux of Shelby, OH and Vickie (Ed) Challey of KY; four brothers, Luther (Pearl) Blankenship of Richie County, Mason (Nadine) Blankenship of Greenville, Arlen (Gail) Blankenship of Shiloh, OH, and Ranny (Susie) Blankenship of Stowe; three special nieces, Jennifer Blevins, Sherry Parsons, and Connie Jude; one special nephew, Ralph Workman; and one special brother-in-law, Pribble Rose of Bruno; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Sandlick Freewill Baptist Church at Bruno with Rev. Donald Lafferty officiating. Burial will follow in Browning-Grimmett Cemetery at Sandlick. Pall bearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Davin, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 1, 2012

Maxine Sue Eads Vance, 70, of Davin, departed this life Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at St. Francis' Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV] after an extended illness. Born November 28, 1941, at Acme, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Clayton "Hoppy" and Alma Opal Vance Eads.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Jimmie Ed Vance; one son, Kevin James Vance, and two brothers, Darrell Eads and Jack Eads. Maxine was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed cooking and taking care of her home. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, Brooke, Hunter and Cameron. Maxine also enjoyed raising plants, especially roses, caring for her family, keeping in touch with out of town family and friends through facebook, and playing spider solitare.

Those left to miss her are her three children, David (Jennifer) Vance of Winfield, and Debra (Kevin) Mathis and Brian (Stephanie Blankenship ) Vance, both of Davin; one brother, Harry (Marnell) Eads of Stratford, Conn.; five sisters, Ruth (Ralph) Mezzoni of Mt. Sidney, Va., Barbara (Robert) Petry of Cabin Creek, Sandra Howsare of Handley, Janet (Tom) Zerbe of Dunbar, and Corrine (David) Scott of Poca; two sisters-in-law, Carol Eads of Poca and Sue Eads of Milford, Conn.; three grandchildren, Brooke Mathis of Davin, and Hunter Vance and Cameron Stoops, both of Winfield; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brian C. Baker officiating. At Maxine's request, her remains have been cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Earling, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - June 26, 2012

Mary Jane Poston Evans, 64, of Earling, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Logan Regional Medical Center after a long illness. Born July 14, 1947, at Amherstdale, she was a daughter of the late Ivan and Alice Marcum Poston.

Also preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents, Kelly and Goldie Vincent Poston; maternal grandparents, Pearlie and Viola Sexton Marcum, and one very special niece, Jennifer LeAnn Evans. Mary was a homemaker and enjoyed traveling and vacationing with family and friends. A dedicated shopper, she loved shopping with her sister-in-law who was like a sister, Angie Evans. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Those left to cherish her memory include her very loving and caring husband of 44 years, Norman Wilson "Bud" Evans; one son, Wilson Gene Evans of Lundale; one daughter, Cindy Jane Blankenship of Earling; one sister, Katherine (Jackie) Evans of Earling; four grandchildren, LeAnn Evans of Gaffney, S.C., Eric (Becky) Evans of Earling, Kelsey Evans of Mallory, and Keyleigh Evans of Lundale; four great-grandchildren, Eric Evans, Hunter Evans, Macy Evans and Keith Caudill Jr.; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Greenville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - May 15, 2013

Ulysses G. "Junior" Brown, 66, of Greenville, formerly of Kistler, passed away Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013, at his home of a sudden illness. Born October 16, 1946, he was a son of the late Mary Magdaline Osborne and the late Ulysses Brown.

Also preceding him in death were three sisters, Brenda Brickles, Agnus "Big Ag Brown" Gursky and Judy Frye; brother, Bill Brown; mother and father-in-law, Lillian and Eugene Adkins; brother-in-law; Rev. Bennie Blankenship and a niece, Beverly Blankenship .

Junior was formerly employed as a printer by Continental Bondware Co. of Chicago, Ill., and as a security guard with Protective Security and Investigations, Black Hawk, and MIS Security. He loved to take walks, fish, look for ginseng, spend time with his grandkids and was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his loving wife of 41 years at home, Nancy, whom he married on November 22, 1971; two sons, Christopher Brown (fiancée Kashawnna Hunter) at home, and Eugene G. Brown of Ironton, Ohio; brother, Herman (Ruth) Brown of Greenville; sister, Betty Sue Ellis of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren, Christopher Dakota "Koty" Brown and Tabitha Hendricks; former daughter-in-law, Donna Hendricks of Accoville, and a host of family and friends.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at Greenville Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Baxter Toler and Brother Bill Brown Officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery with military honors and graveside rites being performed by the W.Va. National Guard, VFW Post 6153, American Legion Post 103 of Chapmanville and the DAV post 39 of Harts.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Holden, Logan Co., WV, Death

The Logan Banner, (WV) - January 11, 2012

Nancy Blankenship, 85, of Holden, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete. James Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of the arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Kistler, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 13, 2012

Billy Ray Evans, 59, of Kistler, departed this life Saturday, March 10, 2012, at his residence with his family at his bedside. Born January 28, 1953, in Logan, he was a son of the late Printess and Dora Evans.

Also preceding him in death was his brother, Ricky Evans.

Survivors left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 38 years, Deborah Valerie Blankenship Evans; one daughter, Melissa (David) Moul of Pineville; five sons, Owen (Rosemary) Evans of Lyburn, and Steven (Kimberly) Evans, Timothy (Sandy) Evans, Joshua Evans and Jeremy Evans, all of Kistler; four brothers, Wilson (Mary) Evans and Jack (Katherine) Evans, both of Earling, James (Dorothy) Evans of Keystone, and Landrum (Carol) Evans of Amherstdale; five sisters, Brenda Damron and Betty (David) Hearn, both of Accoville, Elsie Adkins of Amherstdale, Zona Lawrence of North Carolina and Nora Mae Maynard, address unknown; 12 grandchildren, Valerie, Austin, Jonathan, Joshua Jr., Summer, Matthew, Billy, Tyler Jeremiah, Britten, Autumn and Jay-Are and a host of other family members.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church at Accoville Hollow with Rev. Jonathan Grimmett officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Billy's nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Kistler, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2013

In Loving Memory of Harry Clem Jones, 61, of Kistler, W.Va., who was born February 6, 1952, at Logan, W.Va., a son of the late Bert and Hazel Butler Jones. He departed this life on Monday, November 18, 2013, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, at Charleston, [Kanawha Co.], W.Va. Mr. Jones was a disabled truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Kay Jones, two sisters, Mary Lewis and Darlene Starr and a half-brother, Ray Butler.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Kay Blankenship Jones; son, Harry C. Jones II of Kistler; siblings, Virginia Evans, Earl Jones, David Jones, Bert Jones, Jr., Laverne Scott, Donald Jones, Hazel Browning and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

According to the wishes of Mr. Jones, there will be no services and his body is to be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Lake, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 9, 2012

Mrs. Eula C. Blankenship, 91, of Lake, departed this life Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Boone Nursing and Rehab at Danville [Boone Co., WV]. Born November 18, 1920, at Sharples, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Niki Phipps Burgess.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Herbert "Bruffy" Blankenship; children, Rodney Blankenship, Janice Sue McCartney and Patsy and Peggy Blankenship, and grandchildren, Dreama Sue Hager and Angela Walker. Eula was a member of the Stevens Chapel, a former member auxiliary VFW, a member of the fire department ladies auxiliary, and a homemaker who loved to quilt.

Survivors include her children, Raymond (Lucille) Blankenship of Chapmanville, Gary Blankenship of Hudson, Fla., Lindell Pennington, Roy "Hinkle" Blankenship and Shirley (David) Welker, all of Lake, and Rachael (Keith) Stephens of Julian; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Rev. Roger McCauley officiating. Burial will follow at Ferrell Cemetery at Lake.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Logan, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - January 20, 2012

Mrs. Melissa Workman, 39, beloved daughter of Frank and Diana Dillon of Three Mile Curve at Logan, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012, after a lingering illness at Logan Regional Medical Center.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Orville and Delores Gibson of Latrobe, and Sherman and Donzil Blankenship of Cyclone, and her husband, Jennings Mark Workman of Taplin.

Additional survivors include one son, Jennings Mark Workman Jr., address unknown; two sisters, Dee Dee Dillon and Kimberly Dillon, both of Logan; three brothers, Frank Marshall Dillon, Frank Charles Dillon and David Dillon, all of Logan, and her biological father, Teddy Blankenship and two half-sisters, Jennifer and Heather, all of Oceana.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 21, at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Rev. A.G. Lilly officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Logan, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - June 29, 2012

Elva "Stubby" Lamb, 59, of Logan, went on to be with our Lord Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division [Kanawha Co., WV] after a long illness. Born December 16, 1952, in Man, he was a son of Myrtle Lamb of Dorothy and the late Fred Lamb Sr. of Bruno.

Elva was a former police chief of Mitchell Heights and worked for the Logan County Sheriffs office in Logan. Elva was a loving father, grandfather, and husband, who loved life and had a way of always making everyone laugh. His generous and outgoing presence will be truly missed by all of his family and friends.

He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife of 27 years, Tammy Lamb; daughters, Kim Lamb (fiancé Scott Estrathers), Krissa Lamb (Aaron Estrathers), all of Logan, Ashley (Teddy Ray) Browning of Oceana, and Crystal (Tommy) Stearns of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; grandchildren, Cameron Whisman, Clayden Blake and Nicholas Ryan Toler, and Norah Beth and Ariana Brooke Stearns; brothers, Elza (Mary) Lamb and Fred "Duke" (Patty) Lamb, both of Bruno, and Douglas Ray (Terri) Lamb of Dorothy; one sister, Loretta Gaye (Larry) Board of Dorothy; nieces, Princess Ann (Dennis) Blankenship, Jennifer Lamb (T.J. Mahon), and April (Shawn) Painter; nephews, Fred Lamb III (Nikki Williams), Douglas Ray Jr. (Sherry) Lamb, Sonny Drake Darnell; one special nephew/son, Jimmy Ray (Brandi) Williamson; several great-nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and other family.

Services to celebrate the life of our beloved Elva "Stubby" Lamb will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the James Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be Scott Estrathers, Aaron Estrathers, Teddy Browning, Justin Whisman Henry "Spud" Glandon and Jack Starkey. Special friends and honorary pallbearers are Kirby Rhodes, Joey Robinson, Jim Walker, Tim Hutchins and Mark Hobbs.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Logan, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - August 12, 2012

Jimmie Lee George, 37, of Logan, departed this life Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Barboursville [Cabell Co., WV]. Born February 22, 1975, in Logan, he was a son of Janie Davis Browning of Logan and the late Jimmie Lovejoy.

Also preceding him in death was his grandmother, Isabella Sheppard, and one nephew, Dakota Jenkins.

Jimmie was a great person with a wonderful personality that could make anyone laugh or smile. He was also very artistic and was a hard worker.

Additional survivors include his sisters, Elisha (Trey) Spaulding, Ammie Blankenship, and Ashley Mullins, all of Logan, Peggy Murphy of Man, and Tonya Sloan of Greenbrier; brothers, Russell (Misty) Adkins of Yuma, Bryan (Rachael) Murphy of South Point, Ohio, George (Tera) White of Whitman, and Matthew White of Florida; one daughter, Summer Combs of Man; two special cousins, Brett and Archie; his girlfriend, Cori Fields; four special friends, Misty, Glen, Rob, and Carl, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, August 12, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Following the services, his body will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Logan, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - November 10, 2012

Robert L. Mendel Jr., 57, of Logan, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the Cancer Treatment Centre of America in Philadelphia, Pa. He was the son of Naomi Walls Mendel Derringer of Harrodsburg, Ky., and the late Robert Lee Mendel.

Also preceding him in death was one daughter, Shawna Lea Mendel. Robert was a member of the West Logan Church of God, Logan County Club and Logan Moose Lodge. He worked for the Pepsi Cola Company where he taught safety classes and was coordinator for route drivers, pick-up and deliveries, warehouse manager and route manager. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, snow skiing, water skiing, boating and swimming.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 40 years, Brenda Blankenship Mendel; one daughter, Malia Mendel of Logan; three sisters, Debbie (Hugh) Samuels of Roanoke, Va., Tammy (Joe) Thomas of Teays Valley and Sandy (Rick) Clay of Logan; one brother, Michael Todd (Christine Andrews) Mendel of South Charleston; his stepfather, Richard Derringer of Harrodsburg, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at the West Logan Church of God with the Rev. Scotty Dingess officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers include Todd Mendel, Rick Clay, Joe Thomas, Hugh Samuels, Brent Bartram and Victtiro Distfano. Honorary pallbearers include John Bartram and Bobby Browning.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Logan, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from September 10 to September 11, 2013

Francis "Pud" Conley, 82, of Logan, passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington [Cabell Co., WV]. Born April 15, 1931, he was a son of the late Henry and Rosie Conley.

Also preceding him in death were two children, Jo Ann Mullins and Debbie White; brothers, John Floyd "Mooch", Lionel "Chub" and Palmer "Pole" Conley, and sisters, Vida Lee Conley Frye, Minnie May Conley Lester and Nelly Rose Conley Butcher. Francis was a painter and could always be seen in town selling produce by the Courthouse.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Conley; children, Joe Blankenship, Brenda Sizemore, Bud Johnson and Ronald Conley; brother, Henry "Frog" Conley, and a host of loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 13, at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Rodney Conley, Henry "Frog" Conley, Don Belcher, Bud Johnson, Randall Sizemore, Michael White, Randy Sizemore II, Ronald Conley and Joe Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Logan, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2013

Jackie Dale Gullett, 53, of Logan, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013, at CAMC-General Division at Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV]. Born November 28, 1959, at Holden, W.Va., he was a son of Harold and Barbara Blankenship Gullett.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ernest and Nancy Blankenship and great grandmother Louise Soler.

Jackie loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family and friends.

Along with his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his wife Tammy Adams Gullett; son Jackie Jr., of Logan; step-son Joshua Browning of Fairmont, W.Va.; daughters Haley Gullett of Logan, Amanda (Adam) Baisden of Henlawson and Amy (Michael) Adkins of Tracefork; one brother Billy Gullett of Charleston; sisters Teresa Adams of Holden, Nancy Robinette of Texas and Jean Ann Belcher of Whitman; grandchildren Caden and Adam Baisden II and Camron Adkins; mother in law Jean Adams; sister-in-law Pickles (Poodles) Patterson; brother-in-law Thomas Adams and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, with Pastor Roger Ooten and Rev. Terry Ooten officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill, W.Va. Pallbearers will be Brian Adams, Loren Blankenship, Frank Blankenship, Ralph Blankenship, Jerry Vance and Thomas Adams.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Lundale, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - December 26, 2012

John Joseph Hatfield, 33, of Lundale, formerly of Sanford, N.C., went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 23, 2012, at his home. Born March 12, 1979, at South Williamson, Ky., he was a son of Peggy Daniels Hale of Lorado and Terry Joseph Hatfield of Sydney, Ky.

Preceding him in death was his stepfather, Jack Blankenship; maternal grandparents, Roy and Eurie Slone Daniels; paternal grandfather, John Lee Hatfield; one uncle, Danny Ray Daniels, and his step-grandfather, Leo Blankenship.

John was a disabled construction worker. He was saved and baptized while living in Sanford and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all, he loved spending time with his son Colin.

Additionally, those left to cherish his memory include one son, Colin Jackie Hatfield of Sanford; ex-wife, Rachael Hatfield of Sanford; one sister, Misty Dawn Hatfield of Sanford; one brother with whom he made his home, Kevin Roy Hatfield of Lundale; paternal grandmother, Joyce Dew Hatfield of Sydney; his step-grandmother, Mary Blankenship; his mother's husband, Gordon Hale of Lorado; many aunts, uncles, and cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at the Becco United Baptist Church with Rev. P. J. Tomblin officiating. Burial will follow in Home Sweet Home Cemetery at Lorado. Pallbearers will be Kevin Hatfield, Joe Daniels, Scott Daniels, J.J. Daniels, Charlie Daniels, and Gary Godfrey.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Mallory, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - February 28, 2012

Shirley Jean Wooten Napier, 74, of Mallory, joined her loving husband of 51 years in their Heavenly home Sunday, February 26, 2012. She departed this life from her home, surrounded by her devoted family and friends, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born July 24, 1937, in McDowell County, she was a daughter of the late George and Virginia Stevens Wooten.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Franklin Delano Napier, and two brothers, Darrell "Midge" Wooten and Bill Wooten. Shirley was a homemaker and a Christian of the Baptist faith. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Born with a green thumb, Shirley loved to garden, growing bountiful gardens of vegetables and flowers. She was dearly loved by all who knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Diane Ellis and Sherry (Brian) Workman, both of Greenville; four sons, David Franklin (Jennifer) Napier of Bruno, Bobby (Donna) Napier of Man, Donny (Teresa) Napier of Milton, and Terry "TT" (Carla) Napier of Greenville; 12 grandchildren, Angela (Tad) Doty, Joey (Casey) Ellis, Misty Napier, Tara Workman, Erica Ellis, Jennifer (Troy) Keller, Katie Napier, Paige Napier, Laura Napier, Taylor Napier, Nathan Napier and Jacob Napier; two step-grandchildren, Tabatha Hatfield and Steven (Krysta) Ritz; 10 great-grandchildren, Preston, Tori, Skylar, Rileigh, Laci, Brenton, Payton, Jaxon, Trace and Brody; four sisters, Delores Schoolcraft and Frances (Freddy) Wingler, both of Mallory, Mary (Merrrill "Jr.") Blankenship of Ohio and Phyllis Hatfield of Logan; one brother, Jack Wooten of Ohio; a special nephew and niece, Paul and Kay Schoolcraft of Mallory; a special friend, Niwana Napier of Cyclone; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Sparks officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Mallory, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

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Charles E. Cline, 65 of Mallory, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to join his many loved one waiting for him in heaven, on Monday, March 4, 2013, from Logan Regional Medical Center. Born on March 26, 1947, at Simon, he was the son of Hallie Maynor Cline and the late Monroe Cline.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by one sister, Sarah Ann Blankenship. Charles was a loving son, father, grandfather and friend.  He was a retired strip miner and a born again Christian.  He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Charles and to mourn his passing include his daughter, Melissa Ball (Brian Adkins) of Man; his grandson, Austin Neil Ball of Man; his loving mother, Hallie Cline of Logan, formerly of Coal Mountain; his special friends:  Ron Dalrymple of Hanover, Pastor Harrison Williamson of Huff Creek, Ricky Ellis of Hanover and Howard Lee of Hampden; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 8 at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harrison Williamson officiating. Burial will follow in the Rufus Blankenship Family Cemetery at Baisden, WV. Charles will be carried to his final resting place by family and friends.  Honorary pallbearers will be Hershel, Ronnie, and Dale Dalrymple, Roger Dutcher, Sidney Lane and Charlie Gump.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Man, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from August 13 to August 14, 2013

Roger Lee Ellis, 37, of Man, departed this life suddenly on Friday, August 9, 2013, at CAMC-Memorial Division at Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV]. He was born on July 10, 1976, at Man, the son of Rev. Allen and Anna Mae Ellis Sprouse, of Amherstdale.

Roger was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard and Ledna Thomas Ellis; his uncles, Roger Lee Ellis, Otis Ellis, and Junie Dials; his aunt, Donna Jean Bartram; and cousins, Blaine "Bub" Copley and Brandy Proffitt.

He was a 1994 graduate of Man High School where he played Man High Hillbillies football. Roger proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp for four years. Devoted to his children, he coached Man Midget League Football and Little League Baseball. Before the accident that left him a quadriplegic, Roger was a coal miner formerly employed with Rock House Mining and Mingo-Logan Coal Company. An avid supporter of youth sports, he continued, even after his accident, to coach Midget League Football. Roger was an inspiration to all the youth in the Man area.

Those left to cherish his memory, in addition to his parents, are his children, Kirsten Ellis and Houston Ellis, both of Man; his step-children, Christian McCoy and Dustin McCoy, both of Man; one sister, Elaine Blankenship of South Carolina; one half-sister, Heather Sadler of Virginia; one half-brother, Steven Sprouse of Virginia; his nephews and niece, Ken, Ace, and Starr Blankenship, all of South Carolina; his aunts and uncles, Alice Copley of Amherstdale, Nancy (Teddy) Frye of Greenville, Leon Ellis of Madison, and Eddie Ellis of Amherstdale; his cousins who dearly loved and helped him, Bradley Ellis of Chapmanville and Kristy Ellis of Charleston; and his other loving cousins, Teddy Frye, Shane Frye, Angie Doty, Joey Ellis, Mary Catherine Ellis, Shelly Ellis, Lisa Copley, Clyde Bartram, and Donna Jean Proffitt; along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, August 15, at the Lundale Freewill Baptist Church at Lundale with Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pall bearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Monaville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - February 2, 2013

Murl Adkins, 79, of Monaville, departed this life Friday, February 1, 2013, at his home with his family by his side. Born August 17, 1933, in Cabell County, he was a son of the late Garnet and Quillie Blankenship Adkins.

Also preceding him in death were his brothers, Sherman, Stanley, Cecil and Elmer Adkins, and sister, Gladys Curry. After serving in the Army, Murl was self-employed for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia Erlewine Adkins; sons, Sam Adkins, Timmy (Kammy) Miller, and Brian (Erica) Adkins; daughters, Sharon Nelson, Karen (Jerry) Duncan, Dee Pack and Angie Adkins; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, at Honaker Funeral Home with Pastor John E. Godby officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Family will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1930 Census, Logan, Logan Co., WV,

Adkins, Garnett                 30, M, WV, Head,

Adkins, Quillis                  28, F, WV, Wife,

Adkins, Gladys                  04, F, WV, Dau,

Adkins, Sherman                             03, M, WV, Son,

Adkins, Stanley                 01, M, WV, Son,

Adkins, Hollie                   27, M, WV, Cousin,

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SSDI; Quillie Adkins, 18Jan1902, ??Aug1977, Monaville, Logan, WV, WV-234-96-2345,

 

2013, Monaville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 11, 2013

James Melvin "Pete" Spradlin, 66, of Monaville, and Renick, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at his home in Monaville with his loving wife by his side. Born November 29, 1946, at Stirrat, he was a son of Betty Curtis and the late Robert Spradlin.

Pete was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was self-employed as a carpet installer when he was not working in the coal mines. He last worked at Kedco Coal Company and retired in 1998. He was a former member on the Board of Directors of Logan Regional Medical Center. In July 2000, he bought property in Greenbrier County and with the help of his brother-in-law, David, and his sons, he built his cabin. If you happened to see him anytime over the last 13 years he was either on his way to the cabin or had just returned. Some of his happiest times were spent there with his family and friends. If his friend Jon Sheets stopped by it was time to go to Long John Silver's and if Danny Seldomridge stopped by it was always beer-thirty. If Micky Webb was at the cabin with him it was hard to say which could tell the biggest tale or chew the most tobacco. Even though he was not a hunter, he always had to spend each hunting season at the cabin to keep track of the deer kill and to socialize. He had a unique sense of humor and enjoyed playing jokes on everyone.

He was greeted in heaven by his beloved maternal grandparents, Mark and Linda Curtis; paternal grandparents, Dord and Bethel Spradlin; daughter, Sara Spradlin; brothers, David Elliot Spradlin and Robert Dord "Buck" Curtis, and his in-laws, Sidney and Hazel Crum. Also waiting to play sort of joke on him were two special cousins, Polly Wilburn Mullins and Terri Litteral Martin.

Survivors include his loving wife of more than 34 years, Ruby; sons, Robert Spradlin of Beckley, Andrew Thomas and Sherri Glycadgis of Monaville, Jack and Audrey "Sissy Bug" Blankenship of Ethel, Geoffrey and Rachel Blankenship of Lavalette, and James Melvins Spradlin II and Mark Phillip Spradlin, both of North Carolina; he was papaw and Poppy to eight grandchildren, Danyell and Caleb Long of Norton, Va., Jackie Lynn Blankenship and Ryan Albert Blankenship, both of Ethel, Caleb Garret Glycadgis, Shane Michael Vance and Kennadee Yvonne Vance, all of Monaville, Tiffani Nichole Spradlin of Mud Fork, and Zane "Colorado" Crawford of Lavalette; his mother, Betty Lou Anderson of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; two brothers, Mark and Donna Anderson of Reynoldsburg, and Richard and Marlene Curtis of Logan; he was uncle to Linda Pridemore and her two children, Brandon and Grace, David Spradlin, Kelli Curtis and her daughter, Lacy, Ali Anderson, Amanda Anderson, Samantha and Matt Chafin, Sidney Crum, April Bevino, James May, Raistlin Cook, Cherry Lynn Skidmore, Jamie Skidmore and her two daughters, Michelle and Ashlee and Charles and Becky Skidmore and their sons, Tyler and Owen; his best friends Micky Webb of Monaville, Jon Sheets of Renick and Matt Mullins of Monaville; his sisters-in-law, Linda Curtis of Ethel, and Sheila Crum and Lucy and C.R. Cook, all of Monaville, and brothers-in-law, Sidney David Crum of King Shoals, Donald and Eva Crum and Ronald Crum, all of Monaville, and Kenny Crum of Omar.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Collins Funeral Home C.D. Wolford and Alfred Setser officiating. A special prayer will be said by his grandson, Ryan Blankenship. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be Joe Butler, Matt Mullins, Charles Skidmore, Cody Burgess, Garret Glycadgis and Ryan Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers will be Jon Sheets, Mickey Webb and Shane Vance.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Monaville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from July 25 to July 26, 2013

All three  brothers died before age of 28 - sad

Joshua Lee Goldie, 28, of Monaville, departed this life Monday, July 22, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington [Cabell Co., WV]. Born August 18, 1984, at Logan, he was a son of Timothy and Sherri Blankenship Goldie of Verdunville.

Those preceding him in death are his two brothers, Timothy Gene Goldie Jr. and Nathaniel Shane Goldie. Joshua was a coal miner.

Those left to cherish his memories are one son, Joshua Lee Goldie II, and one daughter, Kaydence Paige Goldie, both of Chauncey. He was a very loving son and father. He enjoyed working in the coal mines but his most enjoyable time was being with his children.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. C.D. Wolford officiating. Cremation will follow services.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Mount Gay, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

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Patricia (Patty) Blankenship, 62 of Mt. Gay departed this life on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Yolyn, WV. Born January 6, 1950 in Logan she was the daughter of the late Howard and Easter Vinson Blankenship.

She was a also preceded in death by a brother Arthur Blankenship. She was a homemaker and was formerly active in Miss Softball America.

Patricia is survived by one son James (Madeline) Marcum of Chesapeake, VA, two daughters Aleshia (James) Hunter of Yolyn and Kathy (Vittorio) Distefano of Canton, MI, one brother Richard Blankenship of Logan, five sisters Brenda (Robert) Mendel of North Mitchell Heights, Carroll (Randy) Shell of Crooked Creek, Ruth (Randy) Caserta of Man, Marie (Glen) Lambert of Monitor, and Billie McComas of Michigan, grandchildren Patrick (Brianna Ball) Beddow, Megan Marcum, Cole Marcum, Tara McComas, Jessica McComas, Jeremy McComas, Brianna Distefano, Dylan Distefano, Zachary (Leigh) Hunter, and Micah (Christen) Hunter, one great-grandchild Robert Brian Beddow.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan with Pastor Johnny Faine officiating. Following services on Sunday Patricia will be cremated according to her wishes.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Neibert, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - June 8, 2012

Clifford "Cheezy" Calloway Jr., 52, of Neibert, departed this life Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Cary and Archie Caldwell Jr. of Cyclone [Wyoming Co., WV], after a long illness. Born October 19, 1959, at Man, he was a son of the late Clifford Sr. and Judy Maynard Calloway.

Also preceding him in death were three brothers, twins Mark and Mickey, and Randy Calloway; grandparents, Bessie and William Calloway; niece, Miranda Calloway, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Clara Buchanan. Clifford loved motorcycle riding, talking on the phone and spending time with his grandchildren and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 27 years, Bertha Marie Workman Calloway; two daughters, Michelle (John) Williams of Four Oaks, N.C., and Cary (Archie Jr.) Caldwell of Cyclone; one son, Gary (Missy) Workman II of Neibert; grandmother, Ruby Hoosier of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother, James (Kim) Calloway of Harts; two grandsons, Joshua Deboard of Duncan Fork and Jeremy (Tiffany) Caldwell of Accoville; five granddaughters, LeeAnna (Chris) Blankenship , Ashlee Caldwell, Kaylee Caldwell, and Melissa Bragg, all of Cyclone, and Samantha (Michael) Walker of North Carolina; seven great-grandchildren, Braxton, Bryson, and Emily Caldwell, and Kodi, Makayla, Nicholas, and Corey Walker along with a set of unborn twins; five nieces, Whitney Calloway, Candy Calloway, Mandy Calloway, Brandy Calloway and Becky Calloway; one nephew, Phillip Dingess Calloway; four great-nieces, Jazmune, Amanda, Heaven and Audrianna; three great-nephews, Tyler, Elijah and Benjamin; one special uncle, Butch Maynard of Indianapolis; one special aunt, Alma Calloway of Glen Daniels, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. P. J. Tomblin officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be James Calloway, Jackie Starkey, Henry Glandon, Brett Calloway, Ray Watts, Kendell Dingess and Timmy Mullins. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Deboard, Jeremy Caldwell, Chris Blankenship, Patty (Caldwell) Ely and Lee.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Omar, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013

Irene Virginia (Mesko) Hawkins, 79, of Omar, departed this life Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Logan Regional Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1934, at Logan, W.Va., to the late John and Catherine (Revi) Mesko. She was of the Baptist Faith.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Hawkins; daughter, Kathy Jo Gilchrest; sister, Millie Williams; son-in-law; Larry Boggs Sr. and one great-grandson, Timothy Elkins II.

Those left to cherish her memories are three sons; Ronald Lee Hawkins of Switzer, Frank (Jamie) Hawkins of Williamson , and Douglas (Annabelle) Hawkins of Ben Creek; one daughter; Margaret (Bob) Holbrook of Omar; two brothers; John (Mary) Mesko of Wilmington, Del. and Frank (Mary) Mesko of Cow Creek; one sister; Elizabeth Bryant of Verdunville; fourteen grandchildren; Larry (Shannon) Boggs, Melanie (Tim) Elkins, Nathan and Joey Hawkins, Trina Cook, Mitch and Brent (Jamie) Gilchrist, Tonya Lindsey, Tammy (Cliff) Motes, Melissa (Jamie) Evans, Erica (David) Blankenship, Debrina (Davy) Cline, Becky and Deloris Spears; seventeen great-grandchildren; Larra and Emma Elkins, Daelen and Carson Boggs, Breanna (Nick) Egnor, Logan, Tristan, and Josie Gilchrist, Nichols Lindsey, Nichole (Joseph) Turnage, Caitlyn Motes (Jeff Priest), J.C. Motes, Jay, Ethan, and Cooper Evans, Isabella Cline, and Levi Spears and also some special friends, Dora Lou Fields and Eugene Boggs.

Services will be held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the Collins Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mansfield Dameron and Lonnie Gore officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Larry Boggs, Tim Elkins, Eugene Boggs, Nathan and Joey Hawkins, and Marshall Teeters. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Holbrook, David Blankenship, and Davy Cline.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peach Creek, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - February 8, 2012

Mary Alice Hall, 76, of Peach Creek, passed away Monday, February 6, 2012, at CAMC General Division in Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV]. Born January 1, 1936, in Logan, she was a daughter of the late Clarence E. and Rachel Sanders Bell.

Also preceding her in death was her husband George R. Hall; daughter, Debbie and son-in-law Bo Browning; son, Steven Hall, and brothers, Julius and Ancil Bell. Mary was a salesperson at the former Watson's store in downtown Logan.

Survivors include her son, Greg (Karen) Hall of Chapmanville; daughter, Rhonda Bailey of Peach Creek; step-daughter, Natalie Hall of Chapmanville; sisters, Ollie Woodall of Boissevan, Va., and Anna (Kenny) Blankenship of Bluefield, Va.; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 10, at the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Fortune officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peach Creek, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - November 6, 2012

Dora Edwards Elkins, 85, of Peach Creek, departed this life Monday, November 5, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, [Cabell Co., WV]. Born June 29, 1927, in Clinchco, Va., she was a daughter of the late Wiley and Adeline Roark.

Also preceding her in death was her husband and father of her children, Aaron Edwards; three sisters, Doris Blankenship, Mary Blankenship and Edna Burke, and three brothers, Edward Roark, Aster Owens and Howard Owens. Dora enjoyed church and traveling.

Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters: Carole (Paul) Kutyana of Ruskin, Fla., and Linda (Bill) Mauk of Crooked Creek; four sons; Darrell (Mary) Edwards of Waynesboro, Pa., Herbert (Patty) Edwards of Vermillion, Ohio, John (Wendy) Edwards of Scipio, Utah, and Aaron Doug (Becky) Edwards of Monaville; 13 grandchildren, Roy Blankenship, Paula Alley, Wesley Edwards, Matthew Edwards, Stephen Mauk, Keith Mauk, Aaron Edwards, Casey Clawson, Herbert Edwards Jr., Vicki Mingus, Michael Edwards, Brandon Jones and Whitney Wagemaker, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 9, at the Freeman Funeral Home with Ken Connelly officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Keith Mauk, Stephen Mauk, Wesley Edwards, Matthew Edwards, Michael Jeffery and Roy Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peach Creek, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - December 17, 2012

Jack Junior Blankenship 62 of Peach Creek/Rossmore went home to be with The Lord Friday, December 14, 2012, at his residence. Born October 6, 1950, at Holden, he was a son of Madeline Baisden of Rossmore and the late Thurmond Baisden.

Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Charlie Edward and Gary Wayne Blankenship. Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in Vietnam. He loved being around people and would drop everything to help anyone at any time. He enjoyed working on and fixing cars. Everybody who met Jack loved him and he never met a stranger. Jack loved spending time with his grandson Matthew. He was also a member of the Crooked Creek Church of Christ.

Additionally, those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 34 years, Merry Carol Blankenship; and his son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Matt, Jennifer and Matthew Adams of Mitchell Heights; three sisters, Juanita (Everett) Rice of Wharncliffe, Nedra (Denny) May of Browning Fork and Brenda (David) Ferguson of Varney, and his best friend, Melvin "Jimmy" Spears.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, at the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Secrist officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitman Cemetery in Crooked Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peach Creek, Logan Co., WV, Funeral

Charleston Gazette (WV) - December 18, 2012

Jack Junior Blankenship, 62, of Peach Creek/Rossmore died Dec. 14, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Logan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Robinette, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - October 24, 2012

Donna Jean Ellis Bartram Royals, 55, of Robinette, departed this life Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital [Cabell Co., WV] after a short illness. Born July 5, 1957, at Man, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Ledna Thomas Ellis.

Also preceding her in death were three husbands, Clyde Bartram, Merle Copley and Rick Royals; her parents-in-law, Claude and Lorene Workman Bartram; two brothers, Roger Ellis and Otis Ellis; one grand-daughter, Brandi Lashea Proffitt, and one nephew, Blaine Copley II. Donna was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include one son, Clyde Bartram Jr. of Accoville; one daughter, Donna Lorene Proffitt of Amherstdale; one granddaughter, Brittany Leighann Proffitt of Amherstdale; three grandsons, Chayden Blake Toler and Nicholas Ryan Toler, both of Spice Creek, and Nijule Sharp of Amherstdale; three great-grandchildren, Bradley Scott Brown, Alivia Lashea Danzy and Tayten Don'Lee Ferrell; three sisters, Alice Faye Copley of Amherstdale, Anna Mae (Allen) Sprouse, with whom she made her home, also of Amherstdale and Nancy Ruth (Teddy) Frye of Greenville; two brothers, Eddie Ellis of Riley Camp and Leon Ellis of Greenville; two special family members who were like her daughters, Deanna Bartram of Pennsylvania and Elaine Blankenship of Lancaster, S.C.; a special nephew, Roger Ellis of Man, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 26, at the Greenville Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Allen James Sprouse, assisted by Rev. P. J. Tomblin, officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Rossmore, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 9, 2012

Phyllis Sias, 81, of Rossmore, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Born February 10, 1931, at Micco, she was a daughter of the late Andy and Effie Ferrell Blankenship.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Sesco Sias; two sons, Gerry and Brent Sias; one grandson, Roger Duncan; one great-granddaughter, Macey Duncan, and two sisters, Adilee Gilco and Ruby Wingo. Mrs. Sias was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family, reading and doing crafts. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include one daughter, Zelma (Thomas) Duncan of Monaville; one son, Denny (Diane) Sias of Lima, Ohio; three sisters, Letha Mae of Rossmore, Sylvia of Arkansas and Rose of Weston; two brothers, Wendell and Kenny, both of Huntington; 17 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; one special granddaughter, Angel Duncan; special friends, Madeline Baisden and Wendy Perry and an additional host of family and friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Collins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Wiley officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Thomas Duncan, Thomas Duncan Jr., Timmy Duncan, Justin Duncan, Ernie Whitt and Damien Sias. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Gilco, Ronnie Maynard and Tracy McNeely.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Switzer, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

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Carl Cleveland Blankenship 65, of Switzer, departed this life Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Logan Regional Medical Center. He was born December 29, 1946 at Holden, WV.  He was the son of the late Saul and Easter (Sturgill) Blankenship.

He was also preceded in the death by his wife Connie Blankenship of Switzer. Carl was a Retired Coal Miner and attended Mt. Gay Freewill Baptist Church, and served as a U.S. Marine.

Survivors include one Son Carl B. (Freda) Blankenship of Lake. Three daughters, Caren (Gary Terry) Blankenship of Godby Heights, Chate’ (Ira) Adkins and Lynzee Hunter both of Switzer. One sister Sue Williamson, of Huntington, eight grandchildren Brianna and Autumn Blankenship, Cali and  Haley Adkins, Richman “Buddy” II and Jared Vance, Thomas “TJ”Hunter, and Lacelynn McNeely.

Services will be 12:00 P.M. Thursday October 11, 2012 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Layton Lockhart officiating.  Burial will follow at Vance Cemetery at Holden, WV.  Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Saul, 63, 20Jan1911 - ??Apr1974, 25693 (West Virginia), WV-234-12-6832

 

+2012, Switzer, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

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Caren Beth Blankenship 39 of Switzer, departed this life Sunday, November 11, 2012 at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.  She was born January 11, 1973 at Williamson, WV. She graduated with the class of 1991.  She was born the daughter of the late Carl and Connie Blankenship of Switzer. 

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents Saul and Easter Blankenship and Harry and Lynell May.  She was of the Baptist faith.  

Those left to cherish her memories are one son Thomas "T. J. Hunter of Logan, two daughters Lynzee Hunter of Logan and Lacelynn McNeely of Verdunville (adopted by Pete and Della McNeely), one brother Carl B. (Freda) Blankenship of Lake, and one sister Chate' (Ira) Adkins of Switzer, four nieces Brianna and Autumn Blankenship, Kayli and Hali Adkins, and two nephews Richman "Buddy" II and Jared Vance, and one aunt Sue Williamson.

Services will be 12:00 PM Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Sid Moore officiating.  Burial will follow in Vance Cemetary at Holden, WV.  Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Taplin, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2013

Ralph Workman, 44, of Taplin, departed this life Wed., Oct. 9, 2013, from Logan Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones following a short illness. Born March 19, 1969, at Man, he was a son of the late Roger and Ima Jean Blankenship Workman.

Those left to love and cherish his memory include his loving wife of two years, Vicky Workman; daughter: Kelly Workman (Jason McNeely) of Taplin; two step-daughters: Michelle McNeely of Garner, N.C., and Shana Cline of Hanover; son: Brandon (Breanna) Workman of Mallory; four step sons: Clinton and James McNeely, both of Taplin, and Edward Bartram and Keith Ball, both of Man; sister: Jennifer (Randy) Blevins of Landville; three brothers: Leander (Sharron) Workman of Bruno, Roger (Leasa) Workman of Christian, and Doug (Theresa) Workman of Accoville; eight grandchildren: Madison, Baylee Nelson, Billy, Baylah and Breellah Workman, Brooklyn Nash, and Matthew and Kiera Cline; special cousin: Maggie (Randy) Evans; special friend: Steven Ritz, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members who loved him dearly.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Mon., Oct. 14, at Landville Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. David Campbell and Rev. Dale Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

, Verdunville, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - September 1, 2012

Alberta Evans, 82, of Verdunville, laid down her cross on this side of the river to pick up a crown of life to wear forever On August 31, 2012. Born September 1, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Bessie Williams.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Everett "Shorty" Evans; one brother, Delbert Jay Williams; one son, Freddy Evans, and one grandson, Hoyt Matthew Patterson.

Surviving her are one sister: Betty Jean Burgess, the wife of the late Albert "Shot" Burgess; three sons: Harold (Wanda) Evans, Ralph (Nellie) Evans and Gary (Christine) Evans; five daughters: Connie (Arlie Sr.) Bush, Bonnie (Kenneth-Ben) Lambert, Candy (Darrell) Brewer, Tammie (Paul) Aleshire and Iva Mae Evans; grandchildren: Sharon (Jasper) Dingess, Paula Butcher, Harold Lee Evans Jr., Stephanie (Eddie) Torres, Melanie Bush (Bruce) Lawson, Arlie Bush Jr. (fiancé Jennifer Ballard), Scott Armstrong, Reinhardt Evans Jr., Angel (Orville) Ray, Emily Patterson, Mark Blankenship and Brittany Aleshire; great-grandchildren: C.J. Manley, Ashley Butcher, William Manley, Kayla Manley, Summer Manley, Jody Christopher Butcher, Madison Ray, Dustin Ray Maci Ray, Grace Armstrong, Caleb Bruce Lawson, Alyx Bush, Emma Grace Bush, Lisa Evans, Eric Evans, Pandace Brewer, Bruce Brewer, Maggie Armstrong and William Scott Armstrong, and great-great grandchildren: Landon Vannatter, Malachi Manley, Sophia Grace Manley and Ethan Lee Evans.

Alberta was a member of the Mt. Carmel Freewill Baptist Church for 56 years. She belonged to the Lena Kirk Circle and served as their President for many years. She was dedicated and loved her Church and her Church family until she was called Home. Alberta loved to travel with her family and go to family reunions. She loved to sit on her back porch and have her family and friends around her. Her greatest joy was meeting and marrying the love of her life, Shorty Evans, and raising and loving her children. She said her greatest joy was being a stay at home mom and getting to be with her children as they grew up. She enjoyed cooking, canning and baking. She got up early on Sunday mornings so she could enjoy listening to Calvin Ray Evans Jr. preach on the television. She had special people in her life that she considered her children and loved very much: Jerry Brown, Eva Browning, Coodie and Walter Pennington and Dave and Heather Vance.

funeral will be held Tuesday, September 4, at noon at Mt. Carmel Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Belcher and Rev. Arlie Bush Jr. officiating. James

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Whites Addition, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - January 12, 2012

Nancy Inez Blankenship, 85, of Whites Addition, Logan, departed this life to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at Trinity Healthcare of Logan. Born January 22, 1926, in Logan, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Louise Ellis Soler.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Ernest Blankenship Jr.; two brothers, Harry Soler and Elmer Soler, both of Logan; two sisters, Eucevia Soler of Logan and Bonnie Soler Baldwin of Wichita Falls, Texas, and one daughter, Carolyn Blankenship Patterson of Logan. Nancy was a loving daughter, wife, mother and a long time employee at Valley Market and a retired employee of Logan Manufacturing Co. She was a member at the Orville Holiness Church of Rum Creek.

Survivors include four sons, Ernie (Sandra) Blankenship of Altha, Fla., Loren (Chassie) Blankenship of Dayton, Va., Ralph (Brenda) Blankenship of Walkerton, Ind., and Franklin Blankenship of Palm Bay, Fla.; two daughters, Barbara Gullett of Whitman and Donna (Jerry) Vance of Holden; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 14, at the James Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Walter Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be Scotty J. Blevins, Frank Patterson, J. D. Gullett, David Vance, Adam Baisden, Michael Adkins, Thomas Adams, and Chester Horn.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Whitman, Logan Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - June 3, 2012

MaeJean Wiley, 77, of Whitman, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at Logan Center on Three Mile Curve

 [Logan, Logan Co., WV]. Born May 29, 1935, she was a daughter of the late John and Sarah Nelson of Mud Fork.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, John "Zack" Wiley; daughter, Sarah Maxine Mullins; one brother, Lloyd Nelson, and two sisters, Clara Spencer and Hattie Scaggs. Mrs. Wiley was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include one sister, Ines Blankenship of Peach Creek; one son, Tony McCoy of Whitman; four daughters Donna (Johnny) Hall of Mt. Gay, Ann (Jim) Widger of Lebanon, Pa., Robin (David) Mutters of Mud Fork and Alice (Donald) Ellis of Clendenin; 21 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.

Services will be held noon Tuesday, June 5, at the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Rodney Spears officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Pallbearers will be Tony McCoy, Bruce McCoy, David McCoy, Paul Cruz, Donald Ellis, Kendall Dingess, Aaron Childers, Jeff Hite, Scotty Plumley and Bobby Jackson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+Holden, Logan Co., WV, Vance Cemetery

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=89852514

King, Dorothy Blankenship, 24Jun1946, Holden, Logan Co., WV, 02May2012,

              D/o Ed Blankenship (1911 – 1990) & Ellen Estep (1924 - 2000). W/o Oscar Thomas "Tom" King

Obituary;

Dorothy King, 65, of Laurel Creek, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at her home. Born June 24, 1946, at Holden, she was a daughter of the late Ed and Ellen Estep Blankenship. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Oscar Thomas "Tom" King, and brothers, Johnny and Larry Blankenship. Dorothy was a homemaker.

Her survivors include her children, Ed (Rita) King of Lenore, Otto King of Humboldt, Iowa, and Mary (Bruce) Marcum and Bertha King both of Lenore; step-children, Michael (Kim) King, Rebecca King and Robert King, all of Alabama, Sherry (Johnny) Marcais of Chicago, and Pam (Marty) Pearson of Tennessee; brothers, Wallace and Matthew Blankenship of Rockford, Ill., and Bill Blankenship of Lenore; sisters, Mary Christian of Delbarton, and Brenda Sue Curry of Chapmanville; five grandchildren; one precious grandchild and several step-grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Friday, May 11, at Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ceburn Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Vance Cemetery at Copperas Mines.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Marion                                                                                                              

 

2012, Fairmont, Marion Co., WV, Obituary

Times West Virginian (Fairmont, WV) - January 10, 2012

Marcella R. Pride, 68, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Jan. 8, 2012). She was born Jan. 29, 1943 in Fairmont to Glen and Cleo (Newland) Menefee, and was raised from the time she was 3 years old by her adoptive parents, Francis and Betty (Williams) Jenkins.

A co-owner of Pride Plumbing and Heating Inc. since 1975, Marcella was a volunteer for Wayne County Children's Services for several years, and an Avon representative for more than 30 years. She attended Green Family Worship and enjoyed flea markets, antiques, crafts, traveling and spending time with her friends in Leesburg, Fla. She recently was coaching her grandchildren from her bed on how to prepare Thanksgiving dinner with her secret family recipes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evelyn Menefee; and brothers, Glen Menefee Jr. and Nick Heston.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ernest "Ernie" Pride of Doylestown; son, Jeff (Lisa) Pride of Burbank; grandchildren, Melissa Love (Brad) Blankenship of Doylestown, Angela Rose (Jordan) Harris of Barberton, Katie Marie Pride and William Dale Pride of Burbank; great-grandchild, Landyn Blankenship; brother, Paul (Gloria) Saffle of Lima; and several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, 44230, with Pastor Richard Hoskins officiating. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fairmont, Marion Co., WV, Obituary

Times West Virginian (Fairmont, WV) - June 20, 2013

Garnetta Louise Boyce, 60, of Piney Run Community, Fairmont, passed away Wednesday (June 19, 2013) at Fairmont General Hospital. She was born in Fairmont on Aug. 25, 1952, a daughter of the late Wayne and Irene (Ferrell) Hilling. Garnetta was a loving homemaker, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Donald Lee Boyce of Fairmont; three sons, Timothy Lee Boyce and his wife Mary of Fairmont, Tylan Boyce and his wife Jacqui of Fairmont, and Bryant Boyce and his fiancée Jerezza of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren, Mary Ellen Louise Boyce, Gavin Boyce and Aiden Boyce. Also surviving are four brothers, Gary Ferrell of Fairmont, William Hilling of Fairmont, David Hilling and his wife Connie of Fairmont, and Robert Hilling and his wife Mae of Salem; and one sister, Bessie VanGilder of Kingwood.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Blankenship, on June 14, 2013.

The funeral service will be held in the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow at Summers Cemetery in Morgantown.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fairmont, Marion Co., WV, Obituary

Times West Virginian (Fairmont, WV) - July 15, 2013

The family of Mary Ann Pizatella is sad to announce the passing of their very sweet mother this past week. She died of natural causes in the home that she loved for more than 40 years.

Mary Ann is survived by her two daughters, Brenda Iaquinta and Sharon Iaquinta; grandchildren, Joel Blankenship and his wife Rebecca, Anna Blankenship Sonnenberg and her husband James Sonnenberg, and Rachel Marie Keefover; as well as three great-grandchildren, James Michael Sonnenberg, Leo Sonnenberg and Nina Blankenship. Mary Ann also is survived by her brothers, Richard Pizatella and Tony "Plug" Pizatella and his wife Roseanne Pizatella; and her sister-in-law, Sarah Pizatella. The family also wishes to acknowledge her longtime companion, Johnny Urso; special friends, Conny Pettit, Butch and Beverly Ferrell; and the Urso family.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Agnes Pizatella; husband, John Iaquinta; beloved cat of 17 years, Pansy; her brothers, Louis "Liggs" Pizatella, Eugene "Chug" Pizatella and his wife Catherine, Ben Pizatella and his wife Margaret, Carmen "Jimmy" Pizatella, and Frank Pizatella and his wife Helen; her sister, Angeline Pizatella Delorenzo; and her sister-in-law, Mary Pizatella.

Mary Ann worked for many years at the Wishing Well Nursing Home. After her retirement, she enjoyed gardening and dancing at the Moose and Elk Lodges. Brenda and Sharon also want to thank her many neighbors that through the years have been so kind to their mother, especially the Rohaly and Mainella families.

Following the cremation, a private memorial for family and close friends will take place at her home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Mannington, Marion Co., WV, Obituary

Times West Virginian (Fairmont, WV) - November 20, 2013

Dinah Lee Martonosi, 68, of Mannington, passed away Sunday (Nov. 17, 2013) at Ruby Memorial Hospital [Morgantown, Monongalia Co., WV]. She was born Feb. 19, 1945, in Mannington, a daughter of the late John Martonosi and Hazel Blount Martonosi.

She is survived by her son, Steven Martonosi and wife Kelly of Mannington; one grandson, Alex Martonosi of Mannington; special family members, Brain and Cindy Kuhn of Mannington; two special extended grandsons, Caleb and Hunter Kuhn of Mannington; and one sister, Charieta Goodnight and husband Bud of Romney. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Brian Blankenship, Tina Blankenship, Kelly Link, Kathy Day, Johnny Barth, Stephanie Goodnight, Buddy Goodnight, Lisa Goodnight, Roger Allan Efaw, Terry Ann Efaw and Susie Fluharty.

In addition to her parents, Dinah was preceded in death by three sisters, Gypsy Efaw, Helen Blankenship and Greta Barth.

Dinah was a graduate of Mannington High School in 1963. She was a member of the Mannington Church of Christ. She enjoyed spending precious time with her grandson, Alex. She also enjoyed sewing and working crossword puzzles. Dinah worked at Electronic Control Systems for 29 years, at GMR and MOEC for five years, and sold Avon for more than 48 years. Until her illness, she was an active member of the Caring and Sharing Support Group here in Mannington.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St., Mannington, with Evangelist Dr. Michael P. Reese officiating. Burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Farmington.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Mason                                                                                                               

 

2012, Gallipolis Ferry, Mason Co., WV, Funeral

Point Pleasant Register (WV) - March 13, 2012

Roger D. Blankenship, 60, Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., died on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Holzer Medical Center.

Family services were held on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Glenwood, Mason Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 20, 2013

Jackie "Lena" Fortner Sabo, 41, of Glenwood, went to be with the Lord and her dear mother on Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV]. Born March 21, 1971 in Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Linda Carol Fortner.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Linda Renee. Lena attended and graduated from Bramwell High School in 1989. She was such a loving and happy mother to her beautiful children and loving husband. Lena truly enjoyed and looked forward to the many family get-togethers she and her large family planned throughout the year. She had a strong love for cats and always enjoyed a fresh cup of coffee while talking with family and friends. She especially enjoyed playing games and having fun with her children. She had a great voice and laughter that will forever be missed. Lena made a donation of her kidneys and liver, helping three young people live a better life.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband of 12 years, Michael Sabo; three sons, Justin Coeburn of Midway and Austin Sabo and Brandon Sabo both of the home; two stepchildren, Justin Sabo and Bryanna Sabo; four sisters, Rhonda Blankenship of Princeton, Becky Fortner of Pipestem, Anna Evans and her husband Billy of Waxhaw, N.C. and Melissa Bolanos of Princeton; three brothers, Roger Fortner and his wife Tammy of Ft. Knox, Ky., Tim Fortner and his wife Sally of Bluefield and Edwin Bolanos of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Larry Dyer officiating. Interment will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Coeburn, Justin Sabo, Roger Fortner, Billy Evans and nephews, Micheal Fortner, Anthony Evans and Jim Mabry.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Leon, Mason Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - June 8, 2013

Wilma Blanche Tingler-Clevenger, 90, of Leon was promoted to heaven on June 7, 2013, after a long illness. Born in Jarvisville, W.Va., in 1923, she was the daughter of the late Hiram and Blanche Brown-Tingler.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Eugene Clevenger; a twin brother; and an older sister, Agnes Akins.

She attended Maranatha Fellowship Church in Saint Albans and Ripley when she was physically able. She was an LPN and received her training at C.A.M.C. General Hospital. She worked at Thomas Memorial in South Charleston, Saint Francis in Charleston, and both Weston and Huntington State Hospitals. Wilma transferred from Huntington to the Vocational Rehab Center in Institute, where she retired in December 1988.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Gritt and her husband, Don Ray Gritt; grandchildren, Laura Jean Jividen of Charleston, Elizabeth Dawn Preece of Saint Albans, Joseph (Kimberly) Gritt of Point Pleasant; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah (Karen) Blankenship of Leon, Laura Christine Jividen of Saint Albans, Christopher Joseph Jividen of Fraziers Bottom, Cheyenne Preece of Henderson, Nick Nicholson of Saint Albans and Madison Gritt of Point Pleasant; great-great-grandchildren, Matthew Alan Blankenship of Leon, and Noah Jase Rodgers of Henderson; nieces and nephews, Judith Kay Case of N.J.; niece and nephew, Bill and Charlotte Horn of Perry, Ga., Patty Reed of Eleanor, W.Va., Rony and Cora Sue Cooley of Circleville, Ohio and David and Priscilla Clevenger of Hurricane.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel with Pastor Randy Stanley and Pastor Terry Hogue officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, Saint Albans.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, New Haven, Mason Co., WV, Obituary

The Daily Sentinel, (Pomeroy, OH) - July 12, 2013

Necil Louise Stutler, 84, of New Haven, W.Va., passed away at 3:55 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in the Emo-gene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, W.Va. Born January 10, 1929, in Lincoln County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Elsie Sansom Blankenship. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Munford, Tennessee.

Surviving are daughters, Judy (Larry) Marshall of Long Bottom, Jan (Dave) Roberts of Culpeper, Virginia; a son, Jimmy (Shirley) Stutler of Munford, Tennessee; ten grandchildren, Mark Gillispie, Annette Cook, Janie Matthews, Matthew Gillispie, Sherry Mullins, Andrea Mitchell, Katherine Brewer, Nathan Sparks, Allyson Sparks and Maston Roberts; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Christine Edwards of St. Albans, W.Va. and three brothers, Harvey Blankenship of St. Albans, W.Va., Ronald (Loretta) Blankenship of Elyria, Ohio, and Gary (Wanda) Blankenship of St. Albans, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Stutler, in 1995; a sister, Minnie Mynes; and a brother, Leslie Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Cremeens-King Funeral Home, Pomeroy. Officiating will be Bishop Edwin Harper. Interment will be in the Grandview Memorial Park in St. Albans, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Point Pleasant, Mason Co., WV, Funeral

Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from October 7 to October 8, 2013

Vesta Iona (Ona) Blankenship, 92 of Point Pleasant, W.Va., formerly of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Nursing Care.

Funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Reger Funeral Chapel, Huntington, by Rev. Paul Ray Farley. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

McDowell                                                                                                          

 

2012, Avondale, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

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Pearl Blankenship, 69, of Avondale passed away Friday, February 10, 2012, in the Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division in Charleston, WV, following a short illness.  Pearl was born March 24, 1942, in Whitewood, VA, a daughter of the late Earl and Alice Mullins Ferrell. She was a homemaker and attended the Garland Church of the Living God.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Perry Junior Blankenship, one son, James (Jamie) Blankenship, three brothers, Raymond, Jay, and James Ferrell, and one sister, Clemmie Rucker.

Survivors include Michael Blankenship of the home, Robert (Bob) Blankenship of Iaeger, John Blankenship and wife Stephanie, and Ray Blankenship and wife Anita all of Troutman, NC, Billy Blankenship and wife Christy of Iron Station, NC, and Jason Blankenship and wife Cindy of Jolo; two daughters, Glenna Blankenship and fiancee Bill Puckett of Upland, WV, and Brenda Sue Kelly of Iaeger; two brothers, Ray Ferrell of Roderfield, and Alex Ferrell of Galax, VA; one sister, Gladys Arts of Fremont, OH; fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 12 o’clock with Reverend Raymond Rowe and Reverend Kenny Green officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park at Bluewell, WV. Danny Kennedy, Fred Bailey, and additional friends and family members will serve as pallbearers.

From: June Green JGREEN106(at)cinci.rr.com

 

2013, Avondale, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - July 9, 2013

Maxine Blankenship, age 64, of Avondale, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Monday, July 8, 2013 at her residence. Maxine was born May 26, 1949, in Welch, W.Va., a daughter of the late Daniel Boone Kennedy and Ella Mae Kelly. Maxine was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Bessie Gibson, Faye Bailey, Mable Root and Dorothy Ortega; three brothers, Harold Kennedy, Howard Kennedy and Lawrence Cooper.

Those left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Betty Church and husband Danny of Gary, W.Va.; one granddaughter, Candice Church of Gary, W.Va.; one sister, Polly Dunn of Rochester, N.Y.; two brothers, Bilton and Donald Kennedy both of Avondale, W.Va.; as well as several step children.

Per her request she will be cremated. Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger is assisting the Blankenship family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bull Creek, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 25, 2013

Okey M. Browning, 72, of Bull Creek, near Mohawk, WV, passed away early Friday morning, August 23, 2013, in Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield, [Mercer Co.], WV, following a brief illness. Okey was born July 7, 1941 in Hanover, WV, a son of the late Cloyd "Buster" and Rebecca "Becky" Lester Browning.

He was a member of the Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church. He was an avid gun collector and trader and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed reminiscing about old friends from his youth especially Buford Lester and Jimmy Godfrey.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Rebecca Lynn, and an infant brother, Danny Jo.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 47 years, Norma Jean Hurley Browning of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Benny "Trish" Justus of Hurley, VA, and Mrs. Chuck "Glenda" Blankenship of Long Branch, WV; three stepsons, Gorman Cline and wife Adaline of Panther, WV, Garley Cline and wife Debbie of Bull Creek, and Keith Cline and wife Drema also of Bull Creek; one special stepdaughter, Mrs. Junebug "Lisa" Bailey also of Bull Creek; two brothers, Ora Browning and wife Debbie and Jerry Dale Browning and wife Myrna; four sisters, Glenna Dunigan and husband Ron, Ruth Rife and husband Teddy, Linda Cook and husband Robert and Lorraine Lusk all of Hanover, WV; eleven grandchildren, Genell, Josh, Jason, Abigail, Lora, Monica, Ashley, Billie, Becky Jo, Kasie, and Tyler; eleven great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Kaden, Lauren, MaLeah, Gabrielle, Madison, Kalib, Carlee, Corey, Brooklyn, and Kolton whom he loved spending his precious time with. He is also survived by a step granddaughter, Angel, and step grandchildren, Hailey, McKenzie, Madison, Hayden, Hannah and Isaac.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, August 26, 2013, at 1 o'clock, with Pastor Homer Blankenship and the Reverend Clyde Endicott officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV; singers will be Emma Jean Blankenship and Larkin and Ramona Mullins. Burial will follow in the family Cemetery on Bull Creek near Mohawk, WV. Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Coalwood, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 23, 2012

Lansford H. Conley, age 84, of Coalwood, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Golden Harvest Section of Welch Community Hospital, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy 4: 7. Born April 15, 1928, in Six, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert Chilton and Myrtle Sheppard Conley.

He attended Big Creek High School and went into the United States Air Force at the age of 18 and was a World War II Veteran serving on Okinawa, Tenya and Guam and in the South Pacific with the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion Post 8 of Welch, a life time member of the Handyman Club of America. He received a Physical Fitness Award for President John F. Kennedy in 1962. He coached a little league baseball team in Coalwood for several years. He was a WVU football fan, a member of Local Union 6026 of Coalwood, spending 37 1/2 years in the mines and retired from Olga Coal Company. He was a community handyman and volunteer helper from fixing kids bikes to adult house repairs. He helped to repair and renovate the Coalwood United Methodist Church, the Coalwood Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Welch Church of God. He was a skilled wood crafter and loved being in his work shop with "Carpenter Jesus" as his mentor. He was an avid Bible reader, he was a member of the Welch Church of God for 32 years, where he was Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School teacher and served on the Pastoral Committee.

Preceded in death by, in addition to his parents, his sisters, Lonana Conley, Annette Conley Gibson, Leona Conley Quesenberry, Lucille Conley Campbell; and brothers, Robert Ray Conley and Richard Conley.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Norma Richardson Conley; son, William H. (Bill) Conley of Coalwood; Sherri Conley Angelisanti of Coalwood and Robert J. Angelisanti of Corapolis, Pa., and Beverly (Conley) Blankenship and husband, Thomas D. Blankenship of Fairmont, W.Va.; granddaughters, Trista L. Angelisanti and fiancé, C.J. McDermott of Pittsburgh, Pa., Beth A. Shones, Angela D. Angelisanti and fiancé, Donnie Haspel of Oakdale, Pa., Philip R. Angelisanti of Coraopolis. Pa., Kevin R. Angelisanti of Coraopolis, Pa., Julie A. Pistelli of Portland, Ore.; grandson, Adam W. Pistelli and wife, Brittany of Ravenswood, W.Va.; great-granddaughters, Regan E. Angelisanti of Coraopolis, Pa., Madilyn Rose Shones of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the Coalwood United Methodist Church in Coalwood with the Reverend Timothy E. Akers, officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Bluewell. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Philip R. Angelisanti, Kevin R. Angelisanti, Adam W. Pistelli, Roger L. Richardson, Stephen Richardson, Roger Gilman, Robert Perdue and David Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be William (Bill) Bolt, James De Haven, Roy Jones and Conrad J. Leonhardi.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Coalwood, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - June 29, 2013

Joy Dawn Riffe Collins, 44, of Coalwood, passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at her home. Born August 25, 1968 in Welch, she was the daughter of Maggie Blankenship Riffe of Welch, and the late Franklin "Ted" Riffe.

She was a 1985 graduate of Mount View High School and attended Bluefield State College. She was a former employee of H.C. Lewis Oil Company in Welch. She was an active supporter of the Big Creek District Little League.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother whom she loved dearly, Travis Scott Riffe; her maternal grandparents, Aster and Mamie Blankenship; and her paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Pearl Riffe.

Those left to cherish her memory are her mother, Maggie Riffe of Welch; her son, Dakota Scott Collins of the home who was the light of her world; one sister who was also her best friend, Crystal Hatcher and husband Tom of Shady Springs; and one uncle, Michael A. Blankenship and wife Pam of North Tazewell, Va. Joy was well known for her kindness to others, and her love for her family. She was outgoing and never met a stranger. To know her was to love her.

It was Joy's wish to be cremated and her family has honored this wish. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m. in the Douglas Mortuary Chapel in Welch with the Rev. Michael Brooks officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Hensley, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 29, 2013

Zella Marie England, age 84, of Hensley, West Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday afternoon, October 26, 2013, at Princeton Health Care in Princeton, [Mercer Co.], WV. Born July 27, 1929, in Iaeger, WV, she was the daughter of the late Andy and Liza Blankenship Lester. Mrs. England was a homemaker and a Child of the King.

Preceded in death by, in addition to her parents, her husband, Dennis England; one son, Freddie (Bogie) England; five brothers; two sisters; and one son-in-law, Earl J. Whistlehunt.

Survivors include three daughters, Gay Smith of Bluefield, WV, Kathy Whistlehunt Brown and husband Darrell of Bluefield, VA, Marge Herman Wright and husband of Bluefield, WV; four sons, James England and wife Brenda Gay of Roanoke, VA, Leonard, Harvey and Greg England all of Hensley; six sisters, Ethel Shepherd of Pembroke, VA, Betty Lester of Pontiac, MI, Rosie Hayes of Sweetwater, TN, Roxie Cox of Pinnacle, NC, Barbara Hunt of Welch, Brenda Steele of High Point, NC; thirteen grandchildren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren; with one great-great-grandson to be born soon.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2 P.M. from the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch with the Reverend Ralph Steele and the Reverend Michael Brooks, officiating. Burial will follow at the England Cemetery in Hensley. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Houston Hill, Elkhorn, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 5, 2013

Clarence David "Dean" Music, age 62, of 63 Houston Hill, Elkhorn (PO Box 26, Northfork), passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Born on Feb. 9, 1950 in Mingo County, he was a son of Cynthia Justus of Fairfield Lane and the late Clarence Music. He was a retired coal miner and truck driver and had lived in McDowell County most of his life.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louella Mae Christian.

Survivors include his mother, Cynthia Justus of Fairfield, Pa.; three daughters, Angela Music of Elkhorn, Anita Music Blanton of Radford, Va., and Patricia Havens of Maybeury; five grandchildren, Brittany Blankenship , Kaylee Blanton, Joshua Blanton, Trey Havens and David Havens; five brothers, Bobby Music, Jerry Lane, Sammy Lane, Jimmy Lane, and Red Musick; three sisters, Ilene Lane, Ilene Graham, and Janie Justus; special sister-in-law, Mary Napier and her husband Donald, who was like a son.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Ark of Safety Church in Roderfield with Pastor Martin West and Pastor Joey Proffitt officiating. Burial will follow at the Christian Cemetery in Roderfield with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Iaeger, McDowell Co., WV, Funeral

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - April 22, 2012

William Oscar Roberts Jr., 64, of Iaeger, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012. Funeral services will be at noon Monday, April 23, at the House of Gethsemane on the Iaeger Panther Road with Pastor Annette Hunt, Pastor Danny Bowles and Sister Sandy Bryant officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery, Panther.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Iaeger, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - September 23, 2012

Ray Sylvester Brant, 78 of Iaeger, W.Va., went home to be with His Lord, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. He was the son of the late Lewis and Francis Brant.

He was a retired coal mine owner/operator as well as a business owner. He spent his life loving and caring for his family and his church, Calvary Baptist Church of which he was an active member.

Those who went before him in addition to his parents, were two brothers, two nephews, and his daughter, Mary Brant Yeskey.

Left behind to cherish his memory and to look forward to being with him again includes his loving wife of 58 years, Anita Brant; son, Johnny Brant; daughters, Cheryl Mitchem and Kathy McCoy; a special son-in-law, Michael Mitchem and daughter-in-law, Noveline Brant; precious grandchildren, Christy and husband Aaron Blankenship , Michael Mitchem, Elizabeth Yeskey, Steven Ray Brant, Bobby and wife B. J. Mitchem, Christopher McCoy and Matracia McCoy and one great-grandchild, Emily Lynn Mitchem, as well as a host of nieces and nephews; two sisters, Helen Gardner and Patsy Blankenship ; and two special friends, Don Stacy and Keith Auville.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at 11 o'clock, with the Reverend Daniel Dean officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, W.Va. Burial will follow in the Reed Cemetery on Coon Branch Mountain near Iaeger, W.Va. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons and Keith Auville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Iaeger, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - January 20, 2013

Mrs. Christine Powell, 75, of Iaeger, W.Va., died Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the home of her daughter and caregiver, Bonnie Hagerman, in Statesville, [Iredell Co.], North Carolina.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William Cody Powell, also of the home. Christine was born on May 7, 1937, in Caretta, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Arthur and Elsie Hicks. Mrs. Powell was a devoted wife and mother. She was an author and illustrator of children's books and several anthologies of poetry. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Iaeger, where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Ladies Fellowship.

In addition to her husband, survivors include daughters, Debra Roberts of Troutman, N.C.; Bonnie Hagerman of Statesville, N.C.; Melissa Robinette of Catawba, N.C.; Patricia Rowe of Cleveland, N.C.; son, Mark Powell of Statesville, N.C.; fourteen grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Kay Osborne, of Iaeger, W.Va.; Mrs. Dodie Stocks, Virginia Beach, Va.; Freda Blankenship , Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Mr. Ernest Hicks, of Iaeger, W.Va.; Mr. Carl Hicks of Asheboro, N.C.; and a special friend, Linda Sexton.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Powell is preceded in death by her two grandsons, Mark Daniel Hagerman and John David Roberts; her brothers, Danny Hicks and Walter Hicks; her sisters, Katherine Kennedy, Sylvia Flanagan and Joanne Auvil.

A service for Mrs. Powell will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Morning Start Baptist Church (178 Young Mountain Road, Cleveland, N.C.). Officiating will be Jimmy Rowe. Burial services will be held on Wednesday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. at the Powell Cemetery (Coonranch Branch Mountain) in Iaeger, W.Va. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at Mile Branch Community Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Iaeger, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - September 25, 2013

Regnia Lambert, 79, of Iaeger, W.Va., passed away, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va., following a short illness. Regnia was born June 22, 1934, in Whitehouse, Ky., a daughter of the late, Elias and Golden Price Dutton. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sandy Huff Jesus Church at Sandy Huff near Iaeger, W.Va.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Sanford G. Lambert of the home; two daughters, Sanette Collins and husband, Clinton E. of Bluefield, W.Va., and Amy Stumbo and husband, Johnny of Iaeger, W.Va.; two sons, Douglas W. Lambert and wife, Betty of Bland, Va., and Granville J. Lambert and wife, Mary of Iaeger, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, Nicole Walters of Blacksburg, Va., Clinton M. Collins of Bristol, Va., Douglas R. Lambert and Lavada Lambert, both of Tazewell, Va., Joshua Lambert, Chelsey Lambert, and Amber Blankenship all of Iaeger, W.Va., and Megan Rowe of Paynesville, W.Va.; eight great-grandchildren, Trae Walters of Blacksburg, Va., Charles Vanover, Rodney Lambert, Joshua Craig Lambert, Kaiden Lambert, Talan Blankenship, Brianna "B-Jade" Blankenship , and Ethen Blankenship, all of Iaeger, W.Va.; and a special friend Ruth Bishop of Ikes Fork, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12 noon with the Reverend Elzie Blankenship and the Reverend Ricky Ferrell officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, W.Va. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park at Bluewell, W.Va. Regnia's grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Jolo, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

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David Wayne Blankenship, 40 years of age, of Jolo, W.Va., took his last ride Thursday, May 31, 2012 into Heaven from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born Jan. 27, 1972, in Welch, W.Va., he was the son of Swanson and Velda Mullins Blankenship of Jolo, W.Va.

He was a 1991 graduate of Iaegar High School, enjoyed fishing, football, golf, watching sports and riding his motorcycle. He was self-employed as a Belt Vulcanizing Specialist, was of the Freewill Baptist Faith and everyone who knew him loved him and will truly miss him. He was a loving father, son, brother and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, James and Rosella Blankenship; maternal grandparents, Harvey and Lula Blankenship Mullins.

Survivors in addition to his parents include sons, David Wayne “D. J.” Blankenship II, Dillon Scott Blankenship, Dustin Hugh Blankenship, all of Paynesville, W.Va., Dawson Wayne Blankenship of Florida; sisters, Sherry Day of Jolo, W.Va., Deborah Day and husband, Jason, of Pilgrims Knob, Va., Jonda Vance and husband, Jesse, of Palatka, Fla., Patsy Cordle and husband, Anthony, of Richlands, Va.; brothers, Swanson Russell Blankenship of Oakwood, Va., and Timothy Dean Blankenship of Orlando, Fla. He is also survived by four nieces; seven nephews; and five great-nephews.

Funeral services for David Wayne Blankenship will be conducted at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel, Grundy, Va., Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Earl Cole officiating. Eulogy will be read by his brother, Russ. Burial will follow in the Ambrose-Mullins Cemetery, Stateline Ridge, W.Va. Family and friends will serve as active pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Jolo, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - September 23, 2013

Tom "Poppy" Thornsbury, 86, of Jolo, WV, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013, at his residence. Tom was born August 15, 1927, in Stacy, VA, a son of the late Tom Thornsbury, Sr. and Mazie Rife Thornsbury. He was a coal miner for 45 years. "Poppy" enjoyed fishing, squirrel hunting, ginseng, gardening and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Kerry Scott Thornsbury; five brothers, Clyde, Ezra, Homer, Doug, and William Thornsbury; four sisters, Sarah Belle Stacy, Rosie Blankenship, Ocie Shelton, and Ella Mae Sandal.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Amie Baker Thornsbury of the home; three sons, Jerry Wayne Thornsbury and wife Debby of Raysal, WV, Terry Edward Thornsbury of Mooresville, NC, and Elbert Thornsbury and wife Debra of Mooresville, NC; four daughters, Ruth Ann Lewis and husband Jerry of Jolo, WV, Debra Kay Fuller and husband Benny of Mooresville, NC, Glenda Carol Lambert of Statesville, NC, and Donna Mae Manes and husband Brian of Iaeger, WV; one brother, Hobert Thornsbury of Jolo, WV; seven sisters, Ida Osborne and husband JR. of Jolo, WV, Hazel Blankenship of Jolo, WV, Susie Stacy, Vinnie Miessau, and Geraldine Evans all of Florida, Maxine Skinner of Georgia and Tessie Foster of Sophia, WV; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 1 o'clock, with Bishop James Daniel Estep, the Reverend Bill Harman, and the Reverend Glenn Blankenship officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV. Burial will follow in the Baker Cemetery on Baker Fork of Estep Ridge near Paynesville, WV. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Keystone, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 17, 2013

Edward William "Ed" Lester, age 84, of 322 Burke Addition Road, Keystone, W.Va. went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning (February 16, 2013) at his residence after a short illness with his wife and daughter by his side. Born June 15, 1928 in Vivian, W.Va., he was the son of the late Maurice Lester and Mae Rose Lester Sizemore.

He was a faithful member of the Little Vine Baptist Church, Superior, W.Va. where he served as a Deacon and was a greeter. He was retired from the Department of Highways as a welder and maintenance worker after 19 years of service. He was a resident of McDowell County all his life.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Blankenship.

He leaves to cherish his memory: His loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Leona "Onie" Burks Lester of the home; one son, Wayne Lester and wife Debbie of Elkhorn, W.Va.; three daughters, Lynn Penland and husband Gary of Strasburg, Va., Jane Lawson and husband Richard of Bluefield, W.Va., Janet England and husband Jeff of Carswell, W.Va.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday (February 19, 2013) at 1:00 p.m. at the Little Vine Baptist Church, Superior, W.Va. with the Rev. Alvin Belcher and the Rev. Tommy Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at the Belcher Mt. Cemetery, on Belcher Mt. near Welch, W.Va. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Litwar, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - December 12, 2012

Herman Luther Cline Sr., 84, of Litwar, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 10, 2012 at his residence. Herman was the son of the late Matthew and Barbara Robinette Cline. Herman was born March 17, 1928. He was a retired bus driver for McDowell County Schools where he drove a bus for 28 years. Herman was also a deacon at the Bethany Old Regular Baptist Church of Ikes Fork, W.Va. Herman Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Hannibal, Dennis and Billy Cline; two sisters: Stella Trent and Elizabeth Cline.

Survivors include: His loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Cline of the home in Litwar, W.Va.; one daughter, Johnnie "Cline" Blankenship and husband Joey of Princeton, W.Va.; one son, Herman "Buckwheat" Cline and wife Brenda of Monroe County formerly of Litwar W.Va.; one granddaughter, Brittany Cline and companion Kasey Salyers of Litwar W.Va.; one sister, Edith Collins of Princeton W.Va. Also surviving is a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 12 noon, with Elder Edward Cline officiating at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Iaeger, W.Va. Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bluewell, W.Va. Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Mohawk, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.mountsfuneralhome.com/obituary/elder-dave-estel-gibson

Elder Dave Estel Gibson, 80 of Mohawk, passed away on Saturday, April 7th, 2012, at Roanoke Virginia. Born on September 29, 1931 at Blackey Virginia, he was the son of the late William Wallace and Pheby Ann Owens Gibson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorcas Adean Lester Gibson; two daughters:  Barbara Ann Gibson Brinegar and Belinda Kay Gibson Young; four grandchildren:  Charles and Larry Brinegar, Josh Gibson and Brandy Lynn Young; and all his brothers and sisters. Dave was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  He was a band saw operator and the assistant Moderator and member of the Panther Creek Old Regular Baptist Church.  He belonged to church for 47 years and was an ordained minister for 40 plus years.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Dave and to mourn his passing include his second wife, Virgie Mae Blankenship Gibson; his and Dorcas’ children:  their five sons:  Larry Shirl (Jenny) Gibson, Jackie Ray Gibson and Charlie (Flo) Gibson all of Guesses Fork VA, David Tommy (Cindy) Gibson of Valdese NC, and Jeremy Joseph (Beverly) Gibson of Connelly Springs NC; their three daughters:  Alice (Ken) Kendrick of Blountiville TN and Jeanette Brown and Lisa May (Pete) Dodson both of Claremont NC; his and Virgie’s children:  their two sons:  Howard Evan (Kassie) Gibson of Jacksonville NC and William Adam Gibson of Mohawk; his numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, April 11th at the Pine Grove Old Regular Baptist Church with Elders:  Kermit Lester, Gary Estep, Gary Justice, Arthur Short, John R. Justice and Larry Puckett and Brother Bossi Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmon Lester Cemetery at Guesses Fork Virginia. Dave will be carried to his final resting place by family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Northfork, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - November 3, 2013

Calvin Victor Burks, age 78, of Gilliam Hollow Road, Northfork, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 1, 2013, at the home of his son, David Burks in Providence Forge, [New Kent Co.], Va. from injuries he sustained in a fall near his home in Northfork, in August of this year. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 19, 1935 in Hensley, W.Va., son of the late Ballard Burks and Nora England Burks.

He was of the Protestant faith, He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean conflict. He was a former factory worker in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration in Ohio, and was a resident of Ohio for 25 years and had resided in McDowell County most of his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Conley Burks and Earl Burks; 9 sisters, Tempa Green, Myrtle England, Princess Burks, Mamie Burks, Delphia Burks, Betty Burks, Georgia Morgan, Glenna Whittaker, and Wanda Hess.

He leaves to cherish his memory: 2 sons, Melvin Victor Burks and wife Mary of Charles City, Va., David Lee Burks and wife Kim of Providence Forge, Va.; 2 daughters, Donna Ann Peak and husband Stephen of Richlands, Va., Arlena Blankenship and husband Vester of Cedar Bluff, Va.; 3 sisters, Luna Richardson of Orlando, Fla., Nola Whittaker of Welch, W.Va., Susan Meadows of Princeton, W.Va.; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. at the Widener Funeral Home Chapel, Northfork, W.V. with the Rev. Roger Lacey Sr. and the Rev. Dave Lusk of the Coaldale Freewill Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield/Tazewell Road, Bluefield, Va. where military graveside services will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard. Serving as pallbearers will be Vester Blankenship, Travis Blankenship, Stephen Peak, Jimmy Whittaker, Eddie Burks, Robert Belcher III, Roger Lacey Jr., and Butch Lowe. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Widener, Pastor of Burke Baptist Church and other members of the Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Paynesville, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Wytheville Enterprise on July 11, 2012

Clyde Junior Blankenship, 57 years of age of Paynesville, WV, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012. Born December 21, 1954, in McDowell, WV, he was the son of the late Clyde Blankenship and Betty June Evans Collins. He was employed as a welder by Taylor Hydrolics of Claypool Hill, VA, a member of New Beginning Christian Church of Bartley, WV and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Clyde Blankenship and Betty June Evans Collins, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Virgil Collins.

Survivors include his wife of ten years, Robin Collins Blankenship of Paynesville, WV; daughters, Heather Anglin and husband Bret of Bradshaw, WV, Jessica Thomas of Abingdon, VA; son Michael Chad Blankenship of Georgia. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tara Gaydon, Savannah Anglin, Zachary Boothe, Allen, Clyde Setser and Illythia Jean Setser; special cousin, Diana Addair of Bradshaw, WV.

In following out his wishes, his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Paynesville, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - September 20, 2012

Bessie Stewart Compton, 86 years of age, of Paynesville, W.Va., went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 at her home following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and Louise Rife Stewart.

She was a resident of Buchanan County most of her life and was a member of the Bradshaw Church of God. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a wonderful homemaker. Bessie served as caretaker at the Boys Dormitory at Mountain Mission School and was a former cook at Buchanan General Hospital. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Compton was preceded in death by her husband, Miles Compton; five sisters; Cora Kelly, Lucy Daniels, Lina Muncy, Ruby Davis and Virginia Fife; one brother, Firl Stewart; one daughter, Rhoda Louise Compton; and son-in-law, Tom Simons.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Simons of Richlands, Va., Brenda Goodman of Paynesville, W.Va., Alice and husband, Halsey Roberts, of Hamptonville, N.C.; one son, Robert and wife, Margaret Compton, of Jolo, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Scotty and wife, Crystal Hughes, of Raysal, W.Va., David and wife, Dara Hughes, of Gary, W.Va., Jesse and wife, April Roberts, of Statesville, N.C., Angie and husband, Jimmy Mattingly, of Troutman, N.C., Traci and husband, Daniel Blankenship , of Troutman, N.C. Also, survived by seven great-grandchildren, Brendan Blankenship, Robbie Hughes, Donavan Poore, Bo Mattingly, Halston Mattingly, Hannah Burke and Daniel Long; two special caregivers, her nieces, Helen Asbury and Pauline Christian; one adopted daughter, Phyllis Justus; and special lifetime friends, the Easterling Families.

Funeral Services will be conducted Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Family Worship Center, Jolo, W.Va., with the Revs. Bill Harman, Roger Payne and Charles Rose officiating with burial to follow in the Vance Cemetery, Paynesville, W.Va. Active Pallbearers will be Daniel Blankenship , Jimmy Mattingly, Scotty Hughes, David Hughes, Jesse Roberts, Donovan Poore, Daniel Long and Jeff Easterling. Honorary Pallbearers will be Henry Kelly, Jimmy Kelly, Bobby Muncy, Johnny Muncy, Bobby Daniels, Walter Stewart, Eric Johnson, Ralph Fife and Bruce Fife.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Paynesville, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 20, 2013

Deceased Name: Edison Mullins

Edison Mullins, 75, of Paynesville, WV went to his final resting place Friday evening at Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, [Buchanan Co.], VA, October 18, 2013 after losing a long battle with heart problems. He was born in Paynesville, WV on April 23, 1938 and was the son of the late Emory Jackson Mullins and Spicey Stacy

Mullins. Edison was a graduate of Iaeger High School, a former member of the U.S. Army, a retired coal miner, a member of the John Ratliff Post 164 of the American Legion of Grundy and Crossview Church of Christ of Paynesville. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed being outdoors whether it was mowing the yard, camping, boating or sitting on the porch waving at the traffic as it passed. He loved being around people, especially his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Emory and Spicey Mullins, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edwin and Vaughn, one sister, Olivia Blankenship, two nephews, Gerald Mullins and Clifford Blankenship and one niece, Sherry Shelton Miller.

Survivors included his wife, Norma Faye Mullins of the home; daughter, Vivian Mullins Barker and husband Bobby of Paynesville; granddaughter, Sara Barker Green and husband Josh of Johnson City, TN; a special son-like friend, Charlie Johnson and wife Phyllis; two sisters, Fannie Shelton and Audra Mullins; brother, Ernest Mullins and wife Linda all of Paynesville, WV; several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Funeral services for Edison Mullins will be conducted at the Crossview Church of Christ of Paynesville, WV, Monday, October 21, 2013 at 12:00 noon with Evangelist Hobert Kenedy officiating. Burial will follow in the Ambrose-Mullins Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be his family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Roderfield, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 4, 2012

Vineyard Porter "Paul" Ball, age 79, of Roderfield, W.Va., formerly of Keystone, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va. after a long illness. Born July 11, 1932 in Boissevain, Va., he was the son of the late Troy Ball Sr. and Laura Hale Ball.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines serving during the Korean conflict. He was a retired miner from Eastern Associated Coal Keystone No. 1 as a electrician, after 39 years of service. He was affiliated with the Baptist Faith, last attended the Little Vine Baptist Church, Superior, and was a resident of McDowell County all his life.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Hancock Ball in 1998; one son, Donald E. Ball in 1998; one brother, Troy "Pete" Ball Jr.; and one sister, Mildred Bolen.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Orpha "Penny" Lester Ball of Roderfield, W.Va.; one daughter, Paula Simpson and husband, the Rev. Mark Simpson of Keystone, W.Va.; two stepdaughters, Crystal Bishop and husband, Fred of Glen Fork, W.Va., Renee Rocchi and husband, Vic of Bluefield, W.Va.; three stepsons, David Blankenship and wife, Becky of Kopperston, W.Va., Michael "Joe" Blankenship of the home, Terreal Blankenship and wife, Julia of Beckley, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren, Daniel Ball of Huntington, W.Va., Elizabeth Ball of Huntington, W.Va., Tyler Simpson of Keystone, W.Va., Carah Simpson of Keystone, W.Va., Andrea Privett of Keyrock, W.Va., Freddy Lee Bishop of Glen Fork, W.Va., Brianna Blankenship of Beckley, W.Va., Marissa Blankenship of Beckley, W.Va., Cody Rocchi of Pineville, Amber Cains of Proctorsville, Ohio, D. J. Blankenship of Wharton, W.Va.; two great-grandchildren, Seth Bishop of Glen Fork, W.Va., Caleb Privett of Keyrock, W.Va.; one brother, Fred Ball and wife, Brenda of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Sue Callahan of Alabama; two special close friends, Jim Sayers of Keystone, W.Va. and Kathy Young of Bluefield, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the Widener Funeral Home Chapel in Northfork, W.Va. with the Rev. Harold Simpson, the Rev. Shirley Simpson, and the Rev. Alvin Belcher officiating. In honoring Mr. Ball's wishes, the body will be cremated following the Funeral Service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Roderfield, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - September 23, 2013

Orpha Alma Ball, 79, of Roderfield, WV, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013, in the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, [Kanawha Co.], WV, following a long illness. Ms. Ball was born November 26, 1933, in Long Pole, WV, a daughter of the late Dorsey and Mae Lockhart Lester.

She was a homemaker, and attended the Little Vine Baptist Church. She and her first husband, Homer Blankenship, operated the Blankenship Market in Pineville, WV, for 35 years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Blankenship; second husband, Vineyard Paul Ball; an infant sister; and one brother, Roger Lester.

Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Bishop and husband Freddy of Jesse, WV, and Rene Rocchi and husband Vick of Bluefield, WV; five sons, Michael "Joe" Blankenship of the home, David Blankenship and wife Becky of Oceana, WV, Terreal Blankenship and wife Debbie of Beckley, WV, William "Bill" Blankenship of Clanton, AL, and J. R. Blankenship and wife Yuva of Georgia; 1 stepdaughter, Paula Simpson and husband Mark of Maitland, WV; one sister, Gaye Lane of Roderfield, WV; two brothers, Don Lester of Gary, WV, and Franklin Lester and wife Reba of Chesapeake, VA; seven grandchildren, Andrea Privett and husband Doug of Keyrock, WV, Freddy Bishop and wife Maggie of Jesse, WV, D. J. Blankenship of Bruno, WV, Amber Cains and husband Brad of Proctorville, OH, Brianna Blankenship of Beckley, WV, Marissa Blankenship also of Beckley, WV, Cody Rocchi of Pineville, WV; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb Privett of Keyrock, WV, and Seth Bishop of Jesse, WV.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 1 o'clock, with Reverend Craig Stevens and Reverend Stan Lowrey officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Welch, WV. Burial will follow in Iaeger Memorial Cemetery at Roderfield, WV. Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Squire, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - July 4, 2012

Louise Marie McCroskey, age 46, of Squire, W.Va., died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, [Mercer Co.]W.Va. Born Feb. 8, 1966 in Tazewell, Va., she was a daughter of the late Harold and Edith Rose Lawson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Vivian Hutton.

Survivors include her husband, William "Butch" McCroskey; two daughters, Christina Blankenship of Peterstown, W.Va., and Chelsea McCroskey of the home; one son, Andrew S. Hurd of Tennessee; one sister, Deborah Duff of North Carolina; three brothers, Ken Lawson and wife, Debbie, of Lancaster, Ohio, Glen Lawson and wife, Katherine, of Tazewell, Va., and Dennis Lawson of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Braxton Kyle McCroskey of the home, Kaylee, Shayann, Blake, Rylee, and Brooke; several nieces and nephews including, Lynn Bolen and husband, Scott, Kelley Buchanan, Jessie Price and Leanna McCroskey, Kirby Lawson, T.K. Lawson, and Zack Bolen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with the Reverend Roger Hicks officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, War, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

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Clarence Edward Blankenship, age 75, of War, West Virginia, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, in Huntington, WV. Born April 14, 1937, on Beech Hill in War, WV, he was the son of the late John Morgan and Ida Mae Asbury Blankenship.

He was a resident of War the greater part of his life. He was a graduate of Big Creek High School and an Honor Graduate of Concord College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he was a life time member of the Blinded Veterans Association.

Proceeded in death by in addition to his parents; one daughter, Myrna Jo Pruett; two brothers, Wayne Blankenship, Johnny Blankenship Jr.; and one sister, Eula Branhan.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Johnson Blankenship of War; one son, Keith Blankenship of Savannah, GA; six daughters, Tamara and Dreama Blankenship both of Charlotte, NC, Natalie Blankenship of Gastonia, NC, Tina Blankenship and Sabrina Heaton both of Sedalia, MO, Meshell Billings of War, WV; one grandson, Andrew Z. Blankenship; three brothers, Ernie Blankenship of Winchester, VA, Tom Blankenship of Morgantown, WV, Bret Blankenship of Bristol, TN; four sisters, Viola Fairchild of Vidor, TX, Shelby Hicks Blankenship of Benedict, MD, Anita Dungan of Rio Rancho, NM, Karen "Paige" Johnson of Tazewell, VA.

Memorial services will be conducted Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1 P.M. from the Calvary Baptist Church in War with the Reverend Travis Hyde, officiating.  Military Honors will be conducted at the church immediately following the services by the Iaeger V.F.W. Post 1144. Following the wishes of the deceased the body has been cremated.

From: June Green JGREEN106(at)cinci.rr.com

 

+2013, Welch, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - September 8, 2013

Maggie Riffe, 73, of Stadium Drive, Welch passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Bowers Hospice House, Beckley [Raleigh Co., WV],with her family beside her. She had battled ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for several years. Born September 5, 1940 in Welch she was the daughter of the late Aster and Mamie Blankenship.

She attended Welch High School and was employed for 20 years with the U.S. Postal Service. She most recently worked for Goodson's Super Market in Welch where she really liked the people she worked with and the friends she made. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and her family was her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Franklin "Ted" Riffe; her son Travis Scott Riffe; a daughter Joy Dawn Collins; and two brothers, Jimmy and William Blankenship.

Those left to remember her with love are her partner of 10 years, Sonny Lawson of Gary; a precious daughter and caretaker, Crystal Hatcher and husband Tom of Shady Springs; a wonderful grandson, Dakota Scott Collins and his father Steve Collins of Coalwood; a brother whom she thought of as a son, Michael Blankenship and wife Pam of Tazewell, VA; and the faithful pets in her life, Bruzetta her dog and Susie her cat.

She once said there were too many tombstones on the sides of mountains so she wanted to be cremated. Her family has honored her wish. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the Douglas Mortuary chapel in Welch with the Rev. Randall Dority officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Welch, McDowell Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - September 20, 2013

Hazel (Leaborn) Payne, 80, of the Welch/Pineville Road, formerly of Jolo, WV, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the home of her son Darrell Payne. Leaborn was born March 31, 1933, in Bug Hurley Hollow near Jolo, WV, a daughter of the late George W. and Lora Adna Keene Wimmer. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, gardening, and canning.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Whitten Payne; a brother, Robert L. "Rob" Wimmer; an infant sister, Sarah L. Wimmer; a grandson, Tony Allen, and a great-granddaughter, Lyndsie Grace Blankenship.

Survivors include one son, Darrell Payne and wife Patty of the Welch/Pineville Road, with whom she made her home; one daughter, Sarah Blankenship and husband Johnny of Jolo, WV; two brothers, Grat Wimmer of Whitewood, VA, and Luther J. "Junior" Wimmer of Sevierville, TN; nine sisters, Goldie Roberts of Williamsburg, Virginia, Millie Gates of War, WV, Corby Mosley of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Pat Sheets of Laurel, DE, Nancy Payne of Paynesville, WV, Georgia Asbury of Raysal, WV, Mary Barrett of Cedar Bluff, VA, Lois Sheets of Princeton, WV, and Gertie Haire of Henderson, KY; three grandchildren, Christy Carter of Stopover, KY, Melissa Kennedy and husband Mark of Asheboro, NC, and Bradley Blankenship and wife Jessica of Ramseur, NC; and six grandchildren, Noah and Parker Kennedy, Lillie and Lexie Blankenship , and Joshua and Makayla Carter.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, September 23, 2013, at 1 o'clock, with the Reverend Randall Dority, the Reverend Glenn Blankenship, and Elder Jack Horne officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV. Burial will follow in the Lone Oak Cemetery in Bug Hurley Hollow near Jolo, WV. Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, North Springs, Welch, McDowell Co., WV Obituary

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Cledith Ann Profit, 83, of North Springs, WV, The Lord sent a special Angel to bring her home Tuesday May 14, 2013, at The Golden Harvest Center in Welch Community Hospital. Cledith was born November 16, 1929 in Panther, WV, she was a daughter to the late James Henry Blankenship and Peggy Meadows Blankenship. 

Cledith was a minister of the word who held a radio ministry on Radio Station WELC for seven years as well as being a homemaker.

In addition to her parents Cledith was preceded in death by her husband Reverend Marvin Profit five sisters, Lucy Patton, Nettie Blankenship, Rathmer Lester, Dallie Blankenship and Pinkie Carter; four brothers, Lige Blankenship, William Buck Blankenship, Greenberry Blankenship, and Willie Blankenship; two half sisters, Charlotte Roberts and Ossie Blankenship; one grandson, Kevin Profit. 

Survivors include her son Mack Profit and wife Virgie of Steeles, WV; four half sisters, Mary Lyons of Panther, WV, Susie Roberts of KY, Phyllis Collins of Isaban, WV, Diana Stevens of Princeton, WV; two half brothers, James and Charlie Blankenship both of Panther, WV, and one granddaughter, Alicia Ann Profit.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday May 17, 2013 at 11 o clock, with Reverend Melvin Muncy and Reverend Joe Conn officiating at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Iaeger, WV. Burial will follow in the Powell Cemetery on Coon Branch Mountain, near Iaeger, WV. Serving as pallbearers will be friends and family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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2012, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 3, 2012

Ricky Edison Vereen, 47, of the Gardner Loop Road near Princeton died suddenly Sunday morning, April 1, 2012 at his residence. Born January 28, 1965, in Welch, he was the son of Anna Ruth Blankenship Vereen of Princeton and the late Tommy Vereen.

Ricky was a graduate of Princeton Senior High School and the Mercer Technical School. Ricky had served with the U.S. Army National Guards and with the U.S. Army as a Private. He was currently working at Winter Place Ski Resort as a Security Guard.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Monroe and Stella Blankenship; aunt and uncle, Shirley and Gene Starkey; and a cousin, Rebecca Starkey.

Those left to cherish his memory, his mother, Anna Vereen; wife, Lisa Marie Collins Vereen; two children, Roxanna Vereen, Joshua Vereen and wife, Heather, all of Sylvester; two grandchildren, Riley Vereen and Eli Vereen; brother, Russell Vereen of Princeton; special aunts and uncles, Betty and Donnie Wright of Daniels, Joann and Thomas Sizemore, Earnie and Jane Blankenship , Willie Blankenship , all of Fanrock, Chuck and Julee Blankenship of Palmer, Alaska; niece, Sara Vereen of Clarksdale, Miss.; and a host of cousins.

A time of sharing and gathering will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Following the visitation, a graveside service will be held on the family farm near Princeton with Pastor Ralph Calfee officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Athens, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - March 5, 2012

Billie Joyce Wiley Fain, 81, of 300 W. Broadway Street in Athens died Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born July 15, 1930 in Mercer County she was the daughter of the late Mack Wiley and Oeida Blankenship Wiley.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Charles T. "Jack" Fain Jr.; two sisters, Bobbie Reed and Ruth Groseclose; and one brother, James "Booty" Wiley preceded her in death. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors include one son, Charles T. "Tommy" Fain III of Athens; one daughter, Kimberly Joyce Holmes and husband, Mike of Salem, W.Va.; one grandson, Charles T. "Tommy" Fain IV and wife, Andrea; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Fain and Danielle Fain; and special niece, Gail Marino of Princeton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Reverend Larry Dyer officiating. Burial will follow at the Athens Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Athens, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 12, 2012

Jerry B. Akers, 53, of Red Sulphur Pike Road, Athens, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 at the home of his sister at Pleasant Valley M.H.P. near Princeton. Born April 7, 1959, in Princeton, he was the son of the late Rufus B. Akers and Dorothy Geraldine Blankenship Akers. Jerry was a handyman, and had worked around construction sites most of his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Lee Akers; half brother, James Lloyd Fisher; and a half sister, Christine Weis.

Survivors include his children, Jerry Daniel "Boone" Akers and his companion, Chasity of Athens, Richard Lee Akers, Zekara Elizabeth Akers, Santina Ann Akers Thomas; siblings, Clayton Akers and wife, Mary, Mary Jane Farley, Margaret Akers all of Princeton, Trula Bleu and husband, Chuck of Bluefield; grandchildren, Richard Lee, Harley Nicole, Austin Daniel Robinette and Damian Brett Akers.

In keeping with Jerry's wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no services at the funeral home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - March 2, 2012

Robert "Frog" Lockett, 64, of Essex Street, Bluefield, W.Va., died on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield. Born on Jan. 19, 1948 in Fredericksburg, Va., he was raised by his grandparents, the late Gilbert Walton and Laura Bell Cox. He had been a Bluefield resident his entire life and was employed at American Vending Company.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Matilda Lockett; brothers, Jimmy, Hershel, G., Buddy, and Arnold Cox; and sisters, Dolly Gillie, Helen Yost, and Mable Pennington.

Survivors are, ex-wife, Mary Lockett of Bluefield; sons, Eddie Lockett and wife, Karen of Bluefield, Tim Lockett and wife, Elizabeth of Nemours, and Brett Lockett of the home; daughter, Beth Blankenship and husband, David of Bluefield; sisters, Francis Taylor and husband, Vernon, Barbara Dalton and husband, Elwood, Kay Burkhart and husband, Glen, and Brenda Pruitt; grandchildren, Courtney, Austin, Amber, Travis and Tyler Lockett, and Kiersten Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with Jim Mullins officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell. Pallbearers will be Daniel Grubb, Matt Cox, Randy White, Mark Dalton, Benny Dalton, and Randy Hughes.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - March 11, 2012

Cartha Adeline Dunford Crabtree, 90, of Rt. 3 Box 620, Bluefield, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the home of her daughter where she had made her home for the past two years while surrounded by her loving family. Cartha was born on Friday, July 29, 1921 in McComas, W.Va. to the late Alfred Gaston Dunford and Minnie Blankenship Dunford. Mrs. Crabtree had been a resident of Mercer County, W.Va. for her entire adult life and was a member of the Bluefield Va. Church of God.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle Edger Crabtree; two sons, Edgar Ray and Richard Allen Crabtree; one brother, Roy Randolph Dunford; and two sisters, Virgie Kinzer and Margaret Irene Pizzini.

Left to cherish her memory are three sons, Roger Dale and wife, Becky Crabtree of Lindside, W.Va., Charles and wife, Debbie Crabtree of Bluefield, Va., Roy "Rocky" and wife, Dorothy "Louise" Crabtree of Princeton, W.Va.; three daughters, Mildred and husband, Ronald Hartwell of Bluefield, W.Va., Barbara Frost of Princeton, W.Va., Loretta and husband, Cecil Call of Bluewell, W.Va.; 23 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held for Mrs. Crabtree on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, W.Va. where the Ministers Tony Ellis and James Davidson will officiate the service. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bluewell where her grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - April 3, 2012

Betty Jo Blankenship Dempsey, 79, of Bluefield, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2012, with her children by her side. She was born June 23, 1932, in Devon, Va., to the late David and Ida Blankenship.

Betty Graduated from Williamson High School. She was married for 29 wonderful years to the love of her life and childhood sweetheart, S. J. "Red" Dempsey until his death in 1978. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bluefiled and was Bluefield Woman's Club Woman of the Year in 1978. She was also active in the Bluefield Quota Club, Windy Mountain Learning Center, The Bluefield Parkinson's Support Group and various charities. Betty loved to travel. She worked at Bluefield AAA and was an independent travel agent. She was also a very talented seamstress and an award winning china painter.

She is survived by four loving children, Gregory Dempsey of Bland, Va., Linda Quillin and husband Ed of Springboro, Ohio, Larry Dempsey of Bland, and Alan Dempsey and wife Karen of Richmond, Va.; additional survivors include 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 4, at 2 p.m. from the Mercer Funeral home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Blue-field, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 12, 2012

Rebecca Harry, 72, of Route 5 (Bulltail Hollow), Bluefield, passed away on April 10, 2012 at Hospice House of Palm Bay, [Brevard Co.] Fla., following a lengthy Illness. Born on Aug. 9 1939 in Bluefield, she was the daughter of late Walter C. Brewster and Bertha Brewster.

She was a long time resident of Bluefield until 3 1/2 years ago moving to be with grandchildren in Melbourne, Fla. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Bluefield. She was a retired franchise owner for Flowers Bakery in Bluefield. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Wayne Harry; and brothers, Charles Brewster, James Brewster and Vernon Brewster.

Survivors include daughter, Vera Howard of Melbourne, Fla.; two grandchildren, Matthew Howard of Fla. and Kristen Daniels (Mark) of Fla.; son, Robert (Andy) Harry and (Missy) from Lashmeet, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Joe, Coty, Robert, and Destiny Harry of W.Va.; daughter, Tammy Roland of Montcalm, W.Va. and two grandchildren, Mike and Josh Blankenship of W.Va.; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Howard Jr. and Hailey Jean Daniels of Fla.; one sister, Roberta Lester, (Robert) of Alabama; and one brother, Junior Brewster of Texas.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Craven-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, W.Va., where the Rev. Gary Jakes will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - June 10, 2012

Brenda Jean Blankenship Parnell King Stepp, age 68, of Bluefield, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Church Cemetery, Bland, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 2, 2012

Betty Sue Lusk, 71, of Rt. 1 Box 288 (Sandlick Road), Bluefield, W.Va., passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, [Forsyth Co.]NC. Betty was born on Tuesday, June 17, 1941 in Coalwood, W.Va., to the late Frank and Virginia Ellis Carroll.

She had been a resident of Sandlick Road for the past 31 years and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She and her late husband were the owners and operators of Lusk Disposal, Empire Salvage and Recycling, Bio Tech, Lusk and Sons and Containers LLC. She was a prominent business owner, landholder and influence in the community.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Gordon M. Lusk, and bothers, Frank Carroll Jr., Charles Carroll, Bill Carroll, Robert Carroll, Earnest (Red) Carroll; and sister, Ruby Tabor.

Survivors include two sons, Gordon Lusk II and wife, Angie, of Bluefield, W.Va., Danny Lusk and wife, Jennifer, of Bluefield, W.Va.; brothers, Roger Carroll and wife, Vicki, Ronnie Carroll and wife, Debbie; sisters, Patricia Davis and husband, Bill, Peggy Thompson and husband, Charles, Shelby McPherson and husband, Larry, Brenda Thompson and husband, J. W., Donna (Sis) Lusk and husband, David, Catherine Morris, Thelma Davis, Virginia Johnson, Charlene Blankenship , Elizabeth Blankenship ; grandchildren, Travis Lusk and wife, Christine, Gary Lusk and Ashley, Gordon Lusk III; great-granddaughters, Madilyn and Kira; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, W.Va. with the Rev. David Lusk and the Rev. Roger Carroll officiating. Burial will follow at The Carroll Cemetery on Sandlick Road in Bluefield, W.Va., where grandsons and David Lusk, Paul Curto, and Mark Neal will be serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 11, 2012

Margie Faye Rura, 82, of Bland Street, Bluefield, formerly of Sandlick Road, Bluefield died late Tuesday evening, October 9, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born April 17, 1930, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Nelson Brown Kahle and Rebecca Faye Hager Kahle.

Margie was educated in the Glenwood area and was of the Methodist faith. Prior to moving back to the area, for many years, Margie worked at Laura Crest Prep School in Bristol, Conn. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry J. Rura; along with five siblings, Geneva Tolassi, Bernard, Harold, Woodrow and Earl Kahle.

Survivors include her two daughters, Jenny Snow, Sharon Blankenship and husband, Harold all of the Sandlick Road; three grandchildren, Shannon Folks, Heath Folks, and Kristie Clifton; seven great-grandchildren, Brittany, Grace, Lindsey, Katilyn, Braxton, Willou and Kaliene; one sister, Lois Majerski of Leesburg, Fla.

Private graveside services will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Pastor Larry White speaking.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 26, 2012

Brenda Louise Beavers, age 57, of Route 4 Box 54-BB, Bluefield, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the home of her sister in Rocky Gap, [Bland Co., VA]. She had lived there with Paula and Rick for the last 5 months and that made her happier than she had been in years. Born on June 24, 1955 in Hampton, Va., she was a daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Mildred Gene Harris Bowman. She had been a resident of Brushfork for 24 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter Lee Harris and Robert Eugene Harris Jr.; and her sisters, Hazel Irene Patrevito and Betty Marie Gillespie.

Survivors include: Son: Ronnie Beavers Jr. of Brushfork; daughter: Keri B. Meadows of Rocky Gap, Va.; son-in-law: Jason Meadows; grandchildren: Brittany Blankenship, Ana Derriso, and Hunter Meadows; sister: Paula J. Goforth and husband Ricky; nephew: Adam Goforth and his wife Valerie along with their son Dalton; brother: Robert E. Harris III and sister-in-law, Billy Jean and her nephews Robbie and Ryan; nieces: Melanie Penn and fiancé Vanessa; niece: Heather Harris and her husband Phil Riner and daughters Lilly and Amber; brothers-in-law: Ray Patrevito and Daniel Gillespie; ex-husband: Ronald Beavers, whom she always loved, had two kids with, and continued to have a close friendship with.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Ken Owens officiating. Burial will follow at the Knowles Cemetery at Meadows of Dan, Va. Walter Bowman, Sean Holcomb, Ronald Beavers, Seth Kirby, Robert Ethan Harris, and Danny Bowman will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - July 4, 2013

Dorothy Susan Stiltner Lambert of Bluefield. She was born on July 01, 1954 in Welch, WV. She was the daughter of the late Lewis F. Stiltner Jr. and Othea Alburta Stiltner. She was a member of the Eastern Star and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister Freda Louise Stiltner and one brother Harry Thomas Stiltner.

Survivors Include: Her husband: Floyd A. Lambert of the home; Son: Michael Thomas of Bean Station, Tennessee; Daughter: Misty Harmon and husband Jody of Bluefield, West Virginia; One sister: Karen Blankenship and husband Dexter of Palatka, Florida; One Brother: Lewis F. Stiltner III and wife Gail of Scottdale, Pennsylvania; Grandchildren: Charlie Williams of Florida, Keith Shinault, Elijah Thomas and Destiny Thomas of Tennessee. Tommy Dailey, Jody Harmon Jr. and a very special grandson Trey Harmon; Great-Granddaughter: Khloe Dailey the light of the Maw maws life; Special Brother-in-law: Billy Lambert; Special Friend: Carla Lambert; Four Nephews and Four Nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 06, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluefield (Bluewell), West Virginia with the Rev. Reginald Blackwood and Rev. Brenda Blankenship officiating the service. Friends and family may call on Friday, July 05, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Where the Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 7:00 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - July 15, 2013

Margaret Janet Veronica Smith Shumate "Our Angel" of Bluefield, WV formerly of Crumpler, WV left this world to be re-united with the "Love of her life" the late Estel M. Shumate on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4:37 p.m. at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton, WV. Margaret, "Peggy" was born on December 13, 1925 in Newport, RI to the late Earnest C. Smith and Katherine B. Murphy Smith. She will be remembered as a loving, caring and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister and best friend.

Margaret was a very strong, brave and courageous lady. She always told family and friends "Keep your chin up" because the word "quit" was "not" in her vocabulary. Margaret was very proud of her Irish heritage and strong in her Catholic Faith which she instilled in her children and family. Margaret "A Pearl" lived her life with love and happiness, always had a smile for others even though she felt pain and suffering every day.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Estel M. Shumate, three sisters Betty Geer, Claire Crockett and Mary Berube. One son in law David L. Smith and daughter in law Connie K. Shumate

She is survived by son Richard D. Shumate of Midway, WV, daughter Barbara S. Polatz of Bluefield, WV, Sandra S. Lares and companion Michael Smalls of Shelby, NC, Patricia G. Smith of Green Valley, WV and Deborah J. Shumate with whom she made her home, Son Michael E. Shumate and wife/fifth daughter Madonna of Bluefield, WV. Ten grandchildren Brian Shumate and wife Jill, Wendy Lawless and husband Chris, Chris Smith and wife Dawn, Eric Polatz and wife Lora, Kate Jennings and husband Joey, Jennifer P. Smith, Becca Blankenship and estranged husband Chad, Deborah Crandall and husband Eric, Margaret "Peggy Sue" Shumate and PVT. Estel M. Shumate of the U.S. Army. She was known as "Nannie" to her grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren Anthony, Candace, Angel, Eric, T.J., Bo, Jesse, Cliff, Dixie, Jacob, Michaelyn, Duece, Julia, Blake, Christina, Avery, Chandler, D.J. Cory, Cassidee and Jackson.

Margaret, who will be deeply missed, even by her boxer puppy Bella would not want you to grieve for her but to celebrate her life and know that she is finally at home and at peace. A mass of Christian Burial will be held for Margaret on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, WV at 1:00 p.m. with Father EL. officiating the service. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, WV where Brian, Chris, Eric, Chris, Anthony and T.J. will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Pvt. Estel M. Shumate, Jesse, Bo, and Jacob. Friends and family may call at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluefield (Bluewell), WV on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - October 12, 2013

Rhonda Ann Bailey, age 54, of 415 Federal Street, Bluefield, WV died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at her home. Born on July 18, 1959 in Logan County, WV, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Alice Bell Hall. She had lived in Bluefield for the past 4 months having moved from Logan County.

Survivors: Daughter: Tara Whitt of Chapmanville, WV. Grandson: Gage Whitt. Brother: Greg Hall and Karen of Chapmanville, WV. Aunts: Ollie Woodall of Abbs Valley, VA, Anna Blankenship of Abbs Valley, VA, Judy Bell of Chapmanville, WV. Cousins: Jeff and Donna Oster of Bluefield, VA, Betsy and Bruce Andress of Lusby, MD, Tim and Ruth Woodall of Bluefield, VA, Denise and Lloyd Hall of Bluefield, VA, Jay and Teresa Barringer of Bluefield, VA, Kenny and Vicki Blankenship of Sierra Vista, AZ, Tina and Aaron Collins of Rocky Mount, VA, Kevin Blankenship of Hillsville, VA, Ancil and Sherry Bell of Chapmanville, WV, Michael and Krista Bell of Chapmanville, VA. Her special buddy: Isaac Tabor of Bluefield, VA. Nephew: Greg Hall, Jr. of Chapmanville, WV. Nieces: Crystal Hall and Rachel Hall. Other cousins and family members. Numerous friends at the WV Manor.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and a burial will take place at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 30, 2013

Margaret Katie Sorah, age 90, of Rt. 1 Box 149, Bluefield, W.Va., and formerly of Superior, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born on October 4, 1923 in Carswell, she was a daughter of the late, Stephen and Marcella Jose Berta. She had been a resident of Bluefield since 2010 and was a member of the Welch Nazarene Church. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Sorah; five sons, Joseph, Elmer, II, James, Donald, and Nelson Sorah; a daughter, Marcella Blankenship; and a grandson, Raymond Blankenship.

Survivors include daughter, Shelia Belcher of Bluefield; special daughter-in-law whom she loved as a daughter, Connie Sorah Williams of Bluefield, Va.; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Cregger of Roanoke, Va. and Stella Miller of Sebring, Texas; and special friend, Jesse Arredondo.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Reverend Ollie Parsons officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - November 3, 2013

Ricky E. Hopkins, 56, of Bluefield, WV, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, in Bluefield, WV. Born January 13, 1957 in Gilbert, WV, he was the son of the late Elliott Hopkins and Daisy Mullins Hopkins. He was a self-employed contractor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by half-sister Debbie Belcher.

He will be sadly missed by son Ricky Hopkins of Bluefield, WV; stepson Steven Blankenship; daughter Vanessa Hopson and husband Shane of Roderfield, WV; former wife and mother of his children Carnetta Hopkins; granddaughter Chelsea Hopkins; brother Wendell Hopkins of Princeton, WV; half-brother Richard Smith of Gilbert, WV; two sisters, Mary Farley of Richmond, VA and Barbara Roman of Martinsburg, WV.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated. A memorial service for Ricky will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the home of son Ricky Hopkins, 3914 Airport Road, Bluefield, WV at 2:00 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - December 20, 2013

Lorraine "Frisky" Hallis, 76, of Bluefield, West Virginia passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 after a long illness. Lorraine was born on February 08, 1937 in Goodwill, West Virginia to the late William Howard Toler and Lucy Bell Blankenship Toler. She had been a resident of Bluefield for most of her life, a graduate of Northfork High School, and was of the Christian faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Hallis, three brothers, Kermel Toler, Willard (Bill) Toler and Clifford Toler; two sisters, Edith Yates and Mildred (Midge) Sperry.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Cindy (Hallis) Hedrick and Frank Hallis; daughter-in-law, Michele Hallis; grandchildren, Shaun, Brigitte, and Drew Hallis of Virginia Beach, Tim Hedrick of Bluefield, Shawn and Sarah (Hedrick) Redman of Daniels; and great-grandson, Braylon Redman.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, West Virginia with Minister Tony Reed officiating the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, West Virginia where family will be serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, North Fork District, McDowell Co., WV,

Toler, Howard W.              40, M, WV, Head,

Toler, Lucy                         38, F, WV, Wife, [1902]

Toler, Edith                        19, F, WV, Dau,

Toler, Kermel                     17, M, WV, Son,

Toler, Mildred                   14, F, WV, Dau,

Toler, Billy                         12, M, WV, Son,

Toler, Loraine                    03, F, WV, Dau,

Toler, Cliford                     02, M, WV, Son,

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2013, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - December 31, 2013

Joyce Gay Phelps was born on February 08, 1961 in Bluefield, WV to the late Steve and Edna Tessa. She was a lifelong resident of Bluefield, WV and was of the Baptist faith. She loved spending time with her grandchildren who were the light of her eye.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Francis May Tessa.

She was the wife of Husband: Danny Phelps of the Home; She was the mother of Sons: Danny Phelps, Jr. and wife Melissa of Brushfork, WV, Christopher Phelps of the home; She was a loving grandmother to Hannah, Nathan, Nicholas and Hunter Phelps.

Survivors also include: Brothers: Jr. Tessa of Bluefield, West Virginia, Joe Tessa and wife Joann of Tennessee, Bill Tessa and wife Teresa of Bluefield, West Virginia, Michael Tessa and wife Minnie of Bluefield, West Virginia, Dale Tessa and Debbie of Bluefield, West Virginia and David Tessa and wife Lisa of Maybeury, West Virginia' Sisters: Drema Tessa of Bluefield, West Virginia, Karen and husband David Thompson of Bluefield, West Virginia, Cindy and husband Jerry Ritchie of Bluefield, West Virginia, Sherri and husband Mike Blankenship of Bluefield, West Virginia, Teresa and Rocky Dillon of Bluefield, West Virginia; Daughter in Law and friend: Krystal Phelps of Princeton, WV; and a host of nieces and nephews

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 02, 2014 at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. where Rev. David Kirby will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, West Virginia where brothers and nephews will be serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Bluewell, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - December 3, 2012

Pansy Louise Sizemore Marshall, age 79, of Bluewell, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Saturday morning, December 1, 2012 at the Bower Hospices House, Beckley, W.Va. Born February 4, 1933 in Wyoming County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Emily Allen Sizemore Knuckles.

She was of Catholic faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a wonderful homemaker. She had worked at Cathedral Nursing Home in Philadelphia, Pa., Welch Emergency Hospital, Welch, W.Va., and McDowell County Rehabilitation Care Center, Gary W.Va.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Matt Marshall; one daughter, Peggy Lynn Marshall; one grandson, Charles Dewayne Marshall; one great-grandson, Kane Blankenship; and a daughter-in-law, Carole Marshall.

Her survivors include three sons, Donald Marshall (Kim) of Lexington, N.C., Charles Marshall of Pageton, W.Va., Mark Marshall of the home; two daughters, Cassandra Marshall of Bluewell, W.Va., Tyna Emily Marshall of Millwood, W.Va. She had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Gladys Hurt of Pageton, W.Va., Betty McKaughn of Millwood, W.Va., Mary Buckner (Gene), Elizabeth Sexton (Robert), Barbara Lambert (Arba), Linda Hess (Bill), Sylvia Perry (Everett) all of Bluewell, W.Va.; three brothers, John Sizemore (Jetta) of Fall Mills, Va., Mack Knuckles and Troy Knuckles of Bluewell, W.Va.; a host of family, friends and loved ones. She will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Kenneth Abram officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bluewell, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 21, 2013

Mildred Pauline Kennedy Dale; Born on December 24, 1932 in Iaeger, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Sarah Marie Blankenship Kennedy. She had lived in Bluewell since 1989 and was of the Church of God faith. She was a former employee of the G. C. Murphy Dept. Store in Welch.

Survivors include: husband: Billy G. Dale, of the home; two sons: William S. Green, of Falls Mills, VA; Danny Lee Green, of Salem, VA; two daughters: Patricia Reed, of Bluefield. Mary Frances Green-Tinney, of Columbus, OH; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother: Bill Kennedy, of Statesville, NC; two sisters: Linda Jean Lowe, of Chilhowie, VA, Chloe Washburn, of Deland, FL; nephew: Roger Kennedy, of Deland, FL.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with Rev. James Davidson officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, WV.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bramwell, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - August 19, 2013

Katharine Hewitt Barringer of Bramwell was born August 2, 1916, and died August 17, 2013, at age 97.

She was the mother of two children: Katharine Barringer Dean of Gladys, Va., and John William (Jay) Barringer of Bluefield. Katharine was devoted to the Town of Bramwell, where she was born and raised. She was a 1933 graduate of Bramwell High School and a graduate of Marshall. Later she taught for many years at Bramwell High School, teaching English and Math and serving as an advisor to the senior classes. Wherever she went, she almost always ran into a former student who seemed delighted to see her again. After her retirement, she served as the Town Clerk of Bramwell.

Her grandparents, John Davis Hewitt and Katharine Reedy Hewitt, were Bramwell pioneers - John Hewitt was the Town's first Mayor in 1888. Her father was a member of the Bramwell Town Council, and Katharine was the first woman elected to the Town's government as a Council member in the 1960's. She served for various terms into her 90's. Her son Jay has served as the Town Attorney for 35 years. She was active in the Bramwell Garden Club Tours, sharing childhood memories of the "glory days" when coal was booming, trains were running, and millionaires were spending.

For many years she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (retired teachers), Bramwell Bridge Club, and Bramwell Garden Club, as well as a faithful member of the Bramwell Presbyterian Church. She was a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital in Bluefield in the 1980's and 1990's. Her hobbies included her flower gardens and sports. She was an avid fan of Bramwell High School basketball, Virginia Tech basketball (where she attended games up to age 95), and Atlanta Braves baseball.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Susan Wheeler Hewitt and John Davis Hewitt, Jr., and a brother John Davis Hewitt III (Jack).

She is survived by her daughter Kit and son-in-law Robert M. Dean III, her son Jay and daughter-in-law Teresa Blankenship Barringer; four grandchildren to whom she was known as Granny B: Robert M. Dean IV and wife Megan Dean of Falls Church, Va., Katharine Deacon and husband Jeff Deacon of Concord, New Hampshire, William B. Dean and wife Christine Dean of Minneapolis, Minn., and Susan E. Dean of Chester, Maryland; and four great grandchildren: Heather Deacon, Julie Deacon, Jake Dean and Charlie Dean; and a nephew, John Davis Hewitt, IV, and two nieces, Anne Hewitt and Jodie Barringer. Ninety-seven years is a wonderfully long time, and Granny B enjoyed them all. Her many friends and especially her family will miss her.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Bramwell Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens on Courthouse Road in Princeton where Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Elgood, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

http://bdtonline.com/obituaries/x684078545/Dennis-Cowboy-Wayne-Blankenship

Dennis “Cowboy” Wayne Blankenship, 52, of Southern Hollow in Elgood, died Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. Born May 9, 1959 in Princeton; he was the son of the late Milburn “Joe” Hoge Blankenship and Frances Evelyn Smith Blankenship. Cowboy was a custodian at Concord University in Athens and a retired masonry worker. He had been a lifelong resident of the Elgood area.

Survivors include his wife and friend, Terry Dunn Blankenship of Pettrey; one son, Jesse Wayne Blankenship and wife, Savannah of Pettrey; two grandchildren, Emma Renae Blankenship and Elijah Blankenship, both of Pettrey; one brother, Milburn Blankenship and wife, Barbara of Princeton; and two sisters, Connie Brady of Princeton and Ciana White of Christiansburg, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the G. E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale. Burial will follow at the Elgood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be “Big Mark” Miller, “Jim Bob” Bowles, Eddie Farley, Alvin Hager II, Hobbit Pettrey, Mark Belcher, David Brunk, and Gary Johnson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Lake Shawnee, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - May 4, 2013

Irene "Teenie" Lusk, 88, of Lake Shawnee, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital. Born May 20, 1924 at Rhodell she was the daughter of the late George Blankenship and Victoria Graham Blankenship Hensley. Mrs. Lusk was a homemaker and attended Sweet Home Baptist Church in Princeton. She enjoyed canning, crocheting and quilting. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Roy Kermit Lusk in 2011; one son, Otis Rehm Sr.; one daughter, Sharon Snuffer; three sisters, Gracie, Letha and Etta; five brothers, Fred, Carl, Willard, Herbert and George and one grandson.

Survivors include one daughter, Kyla Pacitto of South Daytona, Fla.; one step-son, Roy T. Lusk and wife Pat of Conway, S.C.; one step-daughter, Linda Faye Mullens and husband Randall of Beckley; daughter-in-law, Melody Rehm of Kegley; two sisters-in-law, Willa Mae Blankenship Haynes of Lashmeet and Juanita Blankenship Culler of Princeton; grandchildren, Bob, Roby, Vickey, Fred, Gracie, Desi and Otis Jr.; step-grandchildren, great grandchildren, step-great grandchildren and step-great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton, with Pastors Thurmond Belcher and Kevin Belcher officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Lashmeet, Mercer Co., WV, Death

Published in Roanoke Times on January 2, 2012

Franklin Blankenship, 63 of Lashmeet, W. Va. passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Arrangements by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Lashmeet, Mercer Co., WV, Funeral

Published in Roanoke Times on January 4, 2012

Franklin McKinley Blankenship, 63, of Lashmeet, W.Va., formerly of Narrows, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012, in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Lashmeet, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Franklin McKinley Blankenship, 63 of Lashmeet, West Virginia, formerly of Narrows passed away Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. He was born in Narrows on January 11th, 1948 and was the son of Helen Fleeman Blankenship and the late Elmer (Buster) Blankenship.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a grandmother who raised him, Cindy Fleeman; and sister, Gaynell Montgomery. A United States Army veteran, he was a former employee of Eastern Associated Coal Company in Herndon, West Virginia. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed yard work and small construction projects. A loving son, father, grandfather, and brother, he will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Helen Fleeman Blankenship of Bluefield, West Virginia; a son, Nicky Blankenship and wife Teshea of Pipestem; a daughter, Deborah Staton and husband Greg of Rock; eleven grandchildren; a sister, Juanita Shrader and husband Gary of Narrows; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends, including a very special friend, Lowell Sanders of Lashmeet.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows with graveside rites conducted by VFW Post #6000 of Narrows, American Legion Posts #68 of Narrows, #311 of Pembroke and #145 of Peterstown.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lashmeet, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - August 12, 2013

Robert Lee (Bobby) Hill, 67, of Lashmeet, died Sunday, August 11, 2013 in Bluefield. Born November 12, 1945 at Falls Mills, VA, he was the son of the late Clarence Hill and Mary Marie Rose.

Mr. Hill worked in auto body repair and painting. He was raised by his grandparents, the late Edward and Lottie Hill. His friends knew him as "Bondo," because he worked in auto bodywork for so long.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Brian Skeens; and an uncle, Clark Hill.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Harry and his wife Melissa of Lashmeet, with whom he lived for the past 11 years and Terry Skeens and his wife Betty of Spanishburg; one daughter, Tammy Blankenship of Montcalm; two aunts, Jean Hill of Falls Mills, VA and Kathleen Henderson of Tennessee; his grandchildren, whom he loved and enjoyed watching grow, Joseph and Coty Hall, Robert, Destiny and Alena Harry and Michael Blankenship all of Lashmeet and Rebecca and Amanda Skeens of Princeton; five great-grandchildren; and lifelong friends, Roger Burnopp of Brushfork and Johnny Rose of Bluewell.

Honoring Bobby's wishes, the body has been cremated. There will be no services at the funeral home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Lerona, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 18, 2012

Ruby H. Law, 79, of Pine Grove Road, Lerona, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2012 at the Phillips Care Home at Lerona. Born Oct. 20, 1932 at Pipestem she was the daughter of the late William Marlin Hill and Naomi Ethel Bower Hill. While her health permitted, Ruby was a very faithful member of the Cook's Chapel Baptist Church at Pipestem. Ruby had worked 10 years for Maidenform, Inc. in Princeton. She was a loving wife, sister and aunt.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ellis Law; and her siblings, Nona Meadows, Bertha Shanks, Wavie Pack, Luther S. Hill, Herbert P. Hill, William Hill, Jr. and Cleveland Hill.

Ruby is survived by one sister, Geneva Blankenship of Narrows, Va.; brother-in-law, Burnice Meadows of Lerona, W.Va.; and a host of nieces and nephews; also, her extended family, Beverly Phillips and her staff at the Phillips Care, Lerona, W.Va.

On Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. we will celebrate the life of Ruby from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Dallas Peyton Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Hill Family Cemetery at Pipestem State Park. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Lerona, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 23, 2013

Carolyn Ann Justice, 65, of Lerona, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at her residence. She was "Mom" to many and a "friend" to all. She adored her family. Born May 17, 1947 in Welch, she was the daughter of the late William Bailey and Elsie Blankenship Bailey. She was a graduate of Welch High School and had been a resident of Lerona for the past eight years moving here from Bluefield. Carolyn was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and attended Athens Baptist Church. She loved her family and enjoyed cooking for family and friends.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold David Justice.

Survivors include three daughters, Lori Coffey and husband Lee of Bluefield, Cynthia Eanes of Welch, and Misty Martin and husband Jeff of Athens; two sons, Timothy Justice of Charleston, W.Va. and Ron Justice and wife Angie of Princeton; seventeen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Billy "Boulder" Bailey of Lerona.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Larry Roberts and the Rev. Charles Drake officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Bluewell. Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Lerona, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Billy Conn “Boulder” Bailey, 64, of Fairway Drive, Lerona, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at his home in Lerona. Born February 16, 1949, in Welch, he was the son of the late Elsie Marie Blankenship Bailey and William Bailey.

Boulder was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict serving with the U.S. Army; he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a former coal miner having worked for A. T. Massey Corporation. Boulder loved his family and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving sister, Carolyn Ann Bailey Justice, brother in law, Harold Justice and Uncle, Noah Blankenship.

He will be lovingly remembered by his three children; Billy C. Bailey Jr. & wife Lynn of Leasburg NC, Richard C. Bailey & wife Laura of Radford VA, and daughter, Lisa Lynn Bailey French &companion Eric Pastrana of Fairlawn VA. 10 loving grandchildren; Billy Bailey III, Michael Bailey, Jake Smith, Allen Rosenshein, Richard C. Bailey Jr., Nicole French, Michaela French, Kendra French, Damian Tiller and Malachi French. The mother of his children, Linda Bailey Williams.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Monday, October 21, 2013 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Charles Drake officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Bluewell. Pallbearers will be Jeff Martin, Eric Pastrana, John Mays, Allen Moore, William Johnson, Richard Bailey, Billy Bailey and Larry Sawyers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Montcalm, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 17, 2013

Maynard Basil Dillow, age 84, of Tabernacle Hill Road, Montcalm, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at his home. Born on March 16, 1928 in Montcalm, he was a son of the late John C. and Laura Mae Perkins Dillow. He had lived in Montcalm since 1980 and was a skilled heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Eagles and the Moose Lodge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Elmer and Delmer Dillow, Virginia Pizzini, Howard Dillow, Coy Dillow, Thelma Pizzini, Joe Dillow, Roy Lee Dillow and Charles Dillow.

Survivors include his wife, June Dillow of Tabernacle Hill Road, Montcalm; sons, Maynard B. Dillow Jr. and wife Susan of Margate, Fla., Keith A. Dillow and wife Kimberly of Baltimore, Md., Harry M. Dillow and wife Carol of Montcalm; daughter, Jennifer L. Dillow of Montcalm; sister, Shirley Blankenship and husband Buford of Lexington, NC.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Candice Spang and husband Jason and daughters Madison and Mackenzie of Florida; Deborah Dupont and husband Brent and daughter Brennah of Florida; Keith A. Dillow Jr. and wife Lisa and children Brandon, Taylor and Bradley of Maryland; Denise Bachman and husband Derrick and son Derrick Jr. of Maryland; Johathan Dillow of Maryland; and Harry M. Dillow Jr. of Montcalm.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. James Milam officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 10, 2012

Mary L. Bilbee, 76, of Princeton, W.Va., passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Bower's Hospice House in Beckley, [Raleigh Co.] W.Va. Born April 11, 1935 in Welch, W.Va. to Walter and Anne (Welch) Cooper, she was a 1953 graduate of Welch High School. She was formerly employed with Murphy's Carpet Mart and worked as a home health aide for the Mercer County Commission on Aging. She was of the Methodist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Joseph H. Bilbee; one brother, Robert Walter Cooper; and two sisters, Elizabeth Murphy and Lois Elrod.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Rhonda Cianchetti and husband Bob of Chesterfield, N. J. and Mary Blankenship of Roanoke, Va.: sister, Polly Jones and husband Herbert of Havre-de-Grace, Md.; also, grandchildren, Christopher Bailey, Robert Cianchetti and wife Heather, Jaclyn Cianchetti, Wesley Blankenship and wife Delta, Jordan Blankenship ; and great-grandchildren, Preston Donald Shrewsbury and Taylor Mae Blankenship.

Graveside services for Mary will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, W.Va. with Charles Truckenmiller officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 11, 2012

Billy Joe Lusk, 58, of Berkley Street in Princeton, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born August 1, 1953 in Bluefield, he was the son of the late Beady Lusk and Cora White Lusk.

Billy Joe was a graduate of Park Central High School in Bluefield and had been a resident of the Princeton area most of his life. He was a retired crane operator with the Dean Company in Princeton with thirty-six years service. He was of the Church of God faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his biological mother, Gilsea Sloane and his stepfather, Russell Sloane.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-nine years, Diana Nelson Lusk of Princeton; one daughter, Samantha Kay Blankenship of Atkins, Va.; two grandsons, D. J. Blankenship and Justin Blankenship ; four brothers, Lloyd Sloane and wife Pat of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Larry Sloane and wife Collette of Downers Grove, Ill., Danny Sloane and wife Donna of Lashmeet, W.Va., and Marvin Sloane and wife Barbara of Maryland; five sisters, Verlene Prestandrea and husband Reedy, Diana Neal, Lisa Blackburn and husband Scott, all of Princeton, Thelma Billings and Lillian Lusk, both of Lashmeet, W.Va.; and special close friend, Paul Daniel Asbury.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2012 at the G.E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale with Pastor Danny Sloane officiating. Burial will follow at the Elgood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be D. J. Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, David Blankenship, Scott Blackburn, Jason Brown and Weldon Archambault.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - March 22, 2012

Christine June "Tina" Whitt, 55, of Gott Street, Princeton, died late Wednesday evening, March 21, 2012 at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley [Raleigh Co., WV]. Born August 14, 1956, in Hinton, she was the daughter of Shelby Campbell Blankenship Fox of Princeton and the late Bennie Blankenship. Tina was a disabled pipe layer for Veciello-Grogan Construction Company in Beckley. Tina was devoted to her family; she loved people and enjoyed life.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Shelby and Danny Fox of Princeton; her husband of 21 years, Carlos Wayne Whitt of Princeton; her only child, Donna Jean Watts; two grandchildren, L. J. Johnson and Bennie Tyler Johnson; her two faithful companions, her dogs, Bella Rose and Nana.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in the Cales Family Cemetery on Chestnut Mountain near Hinton. Her family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Death

Princeton Times (WV) - April 23, 2012

Howard Blankenship, 58, of Princeton, died Sunday, April 22, at his home.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell was in charge of the arrangements

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

http://bdtonline.com/obituaries/x296817084/Howard-Blankenship-Jr

Howard Blankenship Jr., 58, of Princeton, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at his residence in Pine Hill Mobile Home Park at Green Valley. Howard was born April 18, 1954, in Welch, W.Va., a son of the late Howard and Evia Roberts Blankenship. He was a coal truck driver and was of the Old Regular Baptist Faith. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to hunt.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Dewayne Blankenship; a niece, Carol Bailey; and two great-nieces, Crystal Hunt and Drema Bailey.

Survivors include a son, Jamie Blankenship of Princeton, W.Va.; a daughter, Francis Testerman of North Carolina; a sister, Testie Cline, and brother-in-law, Rex Cline, both of Princeton, W.Va.; three nephews, Steve Bailey of Princeton, W.Va., Robert Bailey of Bluefield, W.Va., and Larry Bailey of Lenoir, N.C.; two nieces, Sheila Long of Iaeger, W.Va., and Tori Lynn Manning of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three great-nieces, Christina Hunt of Iaeger, W.Va., Serena Bailey of Mohawk, W.Va., and Scarlett Carter of Bluefield, W.Va.; a great-nephew, Christopher Bailey of Princeton, W.Va.; and a host of family and friends. Howard will be forever loved and missed.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 12 noon with Elder Kermit Lester and Elder John R. Justice officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger. Burial will follow in Iaeger Memorial Cemetery at Roderfield, W.Va. L.J. Koger, Teddy Long, Chris Roberts, and Kevin Roberts will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Rita Deen Blankenship, 45 of Deerfield Lane, Princeton died Monday, May 28, 2012 at her home. Born March 30, 1967 in Bluefield, WV she was the daughter of the late William James Buchanan, Sr. and Trina Riggs. She was a loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William James Buchanan, Jr. and her mother-in-law, Frances Blankenship.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Terry M. Blankenship; Two children, Matthew Skeens and Heather Blankenship both of Princeton; One Grandchild, Jason Cameron Wayne DeHart; One Sister, Sharon Ann Buchanan of Princeton; Special Cousin, Lynn Beavers of Bluefield; Nieces and Nephews, Cory, Michelle, Haley, Michael and Dean Beckner and Her Father-in-law, R. C. Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, June 1, 2012 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Ronnie Kennett officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Servings as Pallbearers will be Dean, Cory and Michael Beckner, Lawrence Beavers, Jr., Ronald Skeens and Stacey Cole.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

http://nh.tributes.com/show/Freddie-R.-Blankenship-94038702

Freddie R. Blankenship, 72, of the Old Oakvale Road, died Monday evening, June 25, 2012 at the Carolinas Specialty Hospital in Charlotte [Mecklenburg Co.] NC. Born February 3, 1940, at Giatto, he was the son of the late William M. Blankenship and Faye G. Lambert Blankenship.

For many years, Freddie worked for Eastern Gas & Coal at Keystone # 1 mines and was a retired truck driver for the West Virginia Department of Highways with 15 years of service. Freddie loved spending time at his family cabin in Monroe County, he enjoyed the great outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and gardening. Freddie was devoted husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death two siblings; Opal Ball, & Randolph Blankenship.

Freddie will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 50 years, Gypsie Shumaker Blankenship. Two daughters, Mitzi Carol Blankenship O'Dell of Mooresville NC, Tammie Rae Blankenship Snyder & husband Allen of Kannapolis NC. The keys that held his heart, his two grandchildren, Jason Keith O'Dell & Jodi Lynn O'Dell. One brother, Harold "Ted" Blankenship of Princeton. And his three devoted four legged friends, Buster, Buddy & Tater.

The family will honor Freddie's request, a graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Pastor Jim Simmons officiating. Family & friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - September 25, 2012

Terri Jean Aniel, 48, of 105 Oliver Avenue in Princeton, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Princeton Community Hospital. Born Dec. 20, 1963 in Princeton. She was the daughter of the late Arnold Aniel and Katherine Lee Wirtz Blankenship.

Terri was a graduate of Princeton High School and was a former sawmill employee. She attended "The Bridge" Ministry in Princeton. Survivors include her companion of 22 years, Larry M. "Buster" McManaway of Princeton; one son, Daron Aniel of Princeton; one grandson, Jacoda Aniel; one sister, April Clyburn of Matoaka; two nephews, Chris Clyburn and James Giberson; one niece, Chelsey Giberson; and special friend and caregiver, Carol Jean Williams of Princeton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Eddie Day officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Park Cemetery in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until the service hour on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com. Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Aniel family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Hillery Howe Blankenship, 88, of City View Heights, Princeton, died peacefully Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born Nov. 28, 1923, at Kegley, he was the son of the late William Henry Blankenship and Mossie McPherson Blankenship.

Howe was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy, being discharged in December 1945 as a Seaman First Class. Howe had worked in the coal industry for more than 40 years and was a member of the UMWA. He was a member of the Calvary Church in Bluefield. Howe had worked hard all of his life. He loved his Lord, his family and his country.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of over 50 years, Addie Alice Lilly Blankenship; two sons, Danny Ray Blankenship and David Wayne Blankenship; two grandsons, Austin Cheyenne Blankenship and Rodney D. Hayes Jr. Howe was the youngest of eight children, five of which had preceded him in death, Cecil, Roscoe and Kelly Blankenship, Sadie Sheets and Elizabeth Yost.

He will be lovingly remembered by his second wife, Rowena Wyatt Blankenship; his daughter, Brenda Hayes and husband, Rodney of Greensboro N.C.; stepchildren, Delmar Wyatt, Glenna Garlick and Albert Wyatt; grandchildren, Michele Edmundson, Aaron Corey Blankenship, Amber Keeney; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Michael Edmundson; two siblings, Lettie Sneed and Gertie Blevins, both of Princeton; his extended family who loved and cared for him daily, Helen, Brian, Ricky, Albert and Tracy; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Danny Gunnoe officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Mildred Jean Blankenship, 87, a former resident of The Havens and Morningside Drive in Princeton, passed away on October 7, 2012, at Princeton Community Hospital. Born November 11, 1924, she was the daughter of the late John Andrew Parsons and Lottie Pearl Starr Parsons.

She was a member of Senior Friends and attended activities at the Senior Center and Red Hat Society in Princeton. She was a member of Johnston Chapel Baptist Church and attended Fairview Christian Community Church in Princeton. Mildred had been a resident of Princeton since 1977 moving here from Iaeger.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Hassel Richmond Blankenship; two brothers, John “Snook” Parsons, and Ernest Parsons; three sisters, Thelma Dorton, Mabel Blevins Mitchell, and Helen Crouse; and her son-in-law, Sid Wheeler.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Sue Wheeler of Princeton; granddaughter, Suzanna Wheeler of Ashville, NC; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Becky and Meredith Via of Roanoke, VA, Polly Vance of Iaeger, with whom she traveled extensively; and Francis Smith of Athens, who was a special encourager and friend.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Ten Commandments, in Princeton. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Larry Dyer of Fairview Christian Community Church, whom Mildred loved devotedly.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - October 10, 2012

Harold June Blankenship, 66, of Princeton, died Monday, Oct. 8, at his residence.

Roselawn Funeral Home in Princeton was in charge of the arrangements.

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+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 11, 2012

http://bdtonline.com/obituaries/x1200620888/Harold-June-Ted-Blankenship

Harold June “Ted” Blankenship, 66, of Princeton, W.Va. passed away at his residence on October 8, 2012. He was born on April 30, 1946 in Princeton, W.Va. He was the son of the late William Blankenship and Faye (Lambert) Blankenship. Ted was retired President of T & S Contractors. He was a member of the UMWA Construction workers and Pope and Young Club.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Randy and Fred Blankenship; one sister, Opal Ball.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 47 years, Susan M. Blankenship of Princeton, W.Va.; one daughter, Susan E. Blankenship of Princeton and one son, Harold “Scott” Blankenship and wife, Samantha of Moneta, Va.; three grandchildren, Kayla Graham, Matthew Blankenship and Hunter Blankenship; two great-grandchildren, Kali Smith and Marayah Smith.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Eddie Pettery officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of T & S Contractors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - October 31, 2012

Patsy Gail Blankenship, 57, of Hill Street, Princeton, died suddenly Monday, October 29, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born June 12, 1955, in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Lynn McPeak and Gladys Mitchell McPeak. Educated in McDowell County, she was a devoted wife, mother, sister and homemaker. Patsy was of the Pentecostal faith. She enjoyed working with her flowers and was an avid doll collector.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paris McPeak.

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 32 years, Glen Dale Blankenship; her son, Tim Blankenship and wife Rachel of Princeton; the love of her heart, her grandson, Jack; siblings, Eddie McPeak and wife Kathy of Chicago, Ill., Charles McPeak and wife Lavada of Man, Larry McPeak and wife Janet of Chicago, Ill.; half-brother and sister, Dwayne and Teresa; her extended family, Tana Flynn and Tim Blankenship; and a very dear and special friend, Jenny Crowe.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday. November 2, 2012, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in Elgood Cemetery at Elgood. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - November 5, 2012

James Marvin Grose, 77, of 105 Garden Oaks in Princeton died Saturday, November 3, 2012, at his residence. Born in Stevenson, WV, April 18, 1935, he was the son of the late Everette Grose and Ruby Blankenship Grose Milam.

He retired as the Chief Mine Inspector for Pocahontas Land Corporation after 28 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton. Marvin was a member of Princeton Elks Lodge #1459, Princeton Moose Lodge #1521 and a regular with his morning breakfast group, the "Ten Cent Millionaires." He never met a stranger and was an avid WVU fan that dearly loved his family and friends and was loved by them in return. He had been a resident of Princeton since 1952 moving here from Stevenson.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Kay Maynard Grose; two daughters, Donna Maddox and Pam McCoy and husband Charlie, and one son, Jeff Grose and his wife Tina all of Princeton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three brothers, Jack Grose and his wife Wanda, Gary Grose and his wife Beverly all of Princeton and Cliff Milam and his wife Sandy of Florida.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Marvin will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Princeton with Dr. David Dockery and Pastor Archie Bowling officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Grandsons will serve as Pallbearers and members of the "Ten-Cent Millionaires" will be Honorary Pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - November 23, 2012

Margaret Elizabeth Cordle, 88, of Princeton, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012. Born April 16, 1924 at Crumpler, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Slator Bell and Kizze May Billings Bell.

Mrs. Cordle was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed reading and loved her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Marvin James Cordle on March 14, 2012; an infant son, Roger Dale Cordle; a granddaughter, Diana "Sunshine;" five brothers, Garfield Bell, Andrew Bell, James R. Bell, John Bell and Robert Bell; and one sister, Flossie Blankenship .

Survivors include two sons, Michael Cordle of Princeton and Andy Cordle and his wife Deborah of Princeton; two daughters, Marvis "Cookie" Thornton of Hopewell, Va. and Tammy Tiller of Princeton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Michael Bennett officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be Scotty Tiller, Jeremy Thompson, Randall Dickerson, Richard Croy, Glen Croy, Marvin Thornton and Wayne Thornton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - November 24, 2012

Adena Bartfai, 64, of Brittany Drive, Princeton, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born June 1, 1948, in Gary, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Earl Haynes and Rouvatie Basham. Mrs. Bartfai was a devoted wife, mother, sister and homemaker. She truly enjoyed gardening and canning. Adena was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Harry Andrew Bartfai; and brothers, Viron Haynes and Lowell Haynes. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children, Jason and Michelle Bartfai, Dianna and Sammy Blankenship , Andrew and Tammy Bartfai, and Kenneth Martin; three grandchildren, Tori Bartfai, Winter Blankenship and Madison Martin; siblings, Verelene Melvin, Zana Thompson, Dallas Haynes and wife, Arby; sisters-in-law, Linda Haynes, Betty Haynes.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2012, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Kevin Belcher officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - December 25, 2012

Harold Ray Thompson Sr., 77, of Lomax Lane, Princeton, died Sunday, December 23, 2012 at his residence. Born August 16, 1935, in Athens, W.Va., he was the last surviving child of the late William "Bill" and Lillie Brooks Thompson. Mr. Thompson was a former employee of the West Virginia Department of Highway as maintenance. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by wife, Delores Bailey Thompson; sister, Thelma "T. T." Hubbard; and brothers, Jack Thompson, Alvin Thompson, Paul Thompson and Pete Thompson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Rebecca Skeens and husband, Billy of Princeton, Susan Piersall and companion, Kevin White of Montcalm, Pamela Mustard and husband, Brian of Bluefield, and Junior Thompson and wife, Susan of Princeton. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Amanda Thomas, Erica Skeens, Destinee Thompson, Adrianna Thompson, Rayleigh Thompson, Heather Mustard, Jessica Mustard, Zack Mustard, April Piersall Blankenship, Johnathon Blankenship, Chris Thompson, and Bryce Phillips; nine great-grandchildren, Trenten Braun, Jayden Thomas, Brayden Baker, Talley Tabor, Isabella McBride, Jayla Harris, Alexa Mustard, Cameron Mustard and Jordan Mustard; dear friends, Cindy Christian, Trudy Puffenburger, and Joy Dratt; and special caregivers at Amedysis Hospice.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory with Pastors Eddie Day and C. T. Lilly officiating. Interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Princeton. The pallbearers will be Scottie Farley, Kevin White, Glenn Myers, Jetty Lawrence, Donald Lyons, and Brian Lane.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Virgie-Bateman&lc=1433&pid=162410968&mid=5384673

Virgie M. Bateman of Princeton, WV, formerly of McDowell County, passed away from a sudden illness on Monday, January 14, 2013 in a Morgantown hospital [Monongalia Co., WV]with her family by her side.

Born August 19, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Robert Penley and Ebbie Blankenship Penley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant children and her husband, Vernon Bateman.

Left behind to cherish her memory are three daughters: Deborah Lowe and husband Paul of Princeton, WV, Sharon Buttaci and husband Sal of Princeton, WV, and Kim Valko of Hancock, MD; sisters Pinky Amos of Wilmington, DE and Sue Katusich of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren Vickie Jones of Hopewell, VA, Melissa Lipscomb of Princeton, WV, David Fisher of Lawrence, KS, Zachary Valko of Charleston, SC and Kiersten Valko of Radford, VA; great-grandchildren Kayla Lowe and Matthew Jones of Hopewell, VA, Ace and Sophia Lipscomb of Princeton, WV, Olivia and Leanna Fisher of Downs, KS; and one great-great-grandson, Ryland Lowe of Hopewell, VA. as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends, both in McDowell County and at Princeton Towers where she resided.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV. The funeral service will be conducted by Brother Eugene Hazelwood immediately following the visitation at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Hartwell Cemetery in Hartwell, WV (MCDowell County) where Brother Bill Christian will have a brief word. Friends and family will have the honor of serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - March 8, 2013

James "J. C." Pendleton, 74, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Princeton Health Care Center. He was a former resident of the Princeton Towers having many friends there. Born August 4, 1938 in Elgood, he was the son of the late James Ellis Pendleton and Iva Comer Pendleton.

J. C. was a former truck driver for Thomas Steel Company in Princeton and had been a lifelong resident of the Princeton area. He was a very active member of the New Zion Regular Baptist Church in Princeton and attended church regularly. J.C. loved playing his guitar, singing, and attending musical events. He will be missed by family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James Alan Pendleton; and one infant sister, Lakie Pendleton.

Survivors include three daughters, Melinda Treolo and husband David, Dreama Stovall and Tammy Birchum, all of Princeton; two sons, David Pendleton and wife Katrina and Mark Pendleton and wife Linda, all of Princeton; fourteen grandchildren, Miranda Goodman, Tina Thompson and husband Mark, Kristy Hamilton and husband Josh, Dianna Gibson and husband Nathan, Steven Stovall, Bethany Pendleton, James Alan Pendleton, Jr., David Allen Pendleton, Jr., Jessica Pendleton, Marcus Sage Pendleton, Joshua Pendleton, Reba Birchum, Daniel Birchum, and Justin Birchum; nine great-grandchildren, Melanie, Sarah, Aleya, Evan, Tyler, Allison, Haley, Isaiah, and Emma; lifelong friend and Mother of his children, Amanda Pendleton Blankenship; one sister, Frances Wimmer and friend Howard Anderson, of Princeton; one brother, Edwin "Leon" Pendleton and wife Patricia, of Kellysville; and his extended family at Princeton Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the New Zion Regular Baptist Church, Rt. 3, Princeton with Pastor Roger Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow at the New Zion Cemetery, Rt. 3, Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 12, 2013

Dennis Collins, 56, of Princeton died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born June 9, 1956 in Princeton he was the son of the late Alfred Collins and Annetta Blankenship Collins. He was a self-employed roofer and carpenter.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Elaine Midkiff.

Survivors include six stepchildren, Haley Lemons, Bobby Joe Masters, Donavon Masters, Steven Hacker, David Hacker and Becky Warden and husband Ronnie, all of Kegley; one step grandson, Cory Hacker of Kegley; one brother, David Collins and wife Becky of Spanishburg and three sisters, Carol Tooley of Bluewell, Patricia Ballard and husband Rusty of Peterstown and Aretta Baker and husband Joe of Lake Bottom. 

Honoring his request the body will be cremated following the visitation.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Dolores Ann Beavers, 69, of Princeton, WV, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Dolores was devoted to her children and companion and they were all by her side at her passing. Born July 28, 1943 in Bluewell, WV, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Dulcie (Shrader) Riggs. She was a graduate of Montcalm High School where she was voted "Miss Congeniality" during her senior year. She was the former secretary for the Princeton Moose where she was a member of Moose Heart. She was also a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Princeton, WV.

In addition to her parents, husband Lawrence Alec Beavers, Sr., four brothers and one special niece – Rita Blankenship preceded her in death.

Her memory will be forever cherished by sons Carl J. Beavers of Princeton, WV; James A. Beavers and wife Jodi of Canton, OH;Timothy F. Beavers and wife Anna of South Point, Oh; Lawrence A. Beavers, Jr. of Princeton, WV and William H. Beavers and Kathy Hall of Davidson, NC. Daughters D. Lynne Beavers Stanton of Hurricane Ridge and Gina E. Farris of Princeton, WV. Companion Floyd Bennett of Princeton, WV; brothers James Riggs of Cumberland, MD and Larry Riggs of Bluewell, WV. Her grandchildren, Jicole AM Beavers, Jorree I. Beavers, Jennah D. Beavers, James A. Beavers, Jr., Kayla L. Behrend, Timothy James Beavers and Falicia Ann Beavers will also miss their grandmother very much. Special niece Sharon Carroll and special nephew Ricky Riggs will miss her as well.

Funeral services for Dolores will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2:30 P.M. in the Roselawn Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Larry Dyer officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Her extended family of Richard Croy, Johnny Beckner, Timmy Meadows, Anthony Parker, Billy Taylor, Rodney Hanson, Tim Bailey, David Gunter and Merrit Blankenship will have the honor of serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - May 8, 2013

Randolph "Randy" Blake Thompson Sr., 68, of Princeton, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Born December 17, 1944, in Pinoak, W.Va., he was the son of the late Fielder and Myrtle Bowden Thompson.

Randy was a loving husband, dad, pop-paw, brother, uncle and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Randy graduated from Princeton High School in 1963, and was a retired coal miner with 30 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith and he loved the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael; father-in-law, James Blankenship; brothers, Cramer, Ronald, Jeff, and Michael Thompson, and sister, Linda Wilson.

He is survived by his loving and beautiful wife of 49 years, Carol Blankenship Thompson; two sons, Randy Thompson Jr. and his fiancé Casey Brown of Princeton and Kevin Thompson and his wife Lynn also of Princeton; mother-in-law, Pauline Blankenship of Princeton; four grandchildren, Blake, Brooke, and Levi Thompson of North Carolina, and Taylor Thompson of Princeton; step-granddaughter, Amaya Brown of Princeton; brother, Steve Thompson of North Carolina, and sisters, Patti Atwood of Indiana, and Judy Warden of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Debbie Blankenship of Princeton; 26 nephews and nieces; best buddies, Paul Grogan and Gary Carden; and his sidekick and pet "Puddin".

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastors Eric Porterfield and Ralph Calfee officiating. Interment will follow at the Thompson Family Cemetery on the Double T Farm Road in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be friends and family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - June 14, 2013

Grover Franklin Woody of Princeton — Born May 21, 1933 at Montcalm he was the son of the late Arthur M. Woody and Oka Hayter Woody. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Korean War. He was a 1959 graduate of Bluefield State College and taught school in Bramwell for 28 years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl F. Woody and Ernest W. Woody.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Anna Jo Ratliff Woody; two daughters, Dianna Linkous and husband Nelson J. Linkous, II of Bluewell and Kimberly Blankenship and husband Jack Blankenship of Hudson, NC.; four grandchildren, Miranda Linkous of Bluefield, Nelson J. Linkous, III and wife Sara of Huntington, Sherri Blankenship of Hudson, N.C. and Emma Blankenship of Hudson, N.C.; one brother, Theodore Woody of Richmond, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Ronald Booher officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Military honors will be conducted by the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - July 11, 2013

Thomas Lee Halsey of Princeton, was born December 4, 1928 at Pineville, he was the son of the late Coy Halsey and Brookie Tilley Halsey.

Mr. Halsey was a 1947 graduate of Spanishburg High School. He served in the U.S. Army for three years. He worked 35 years as a tipple operator for Kitchekan Mines at Arista and was a member of the UMWA. After retirement, he and his wife were babysitters for Chad and Jason McKinney. After getting them to school age, their next blessing was meeting the Branson family, with the greatest joy the last 25 years taking care of Sara, Jarrod and Nick. He was a member of Princeton First Christian Church and a previous member for 45 years at First Christian Church in Matoaka, where he served as elder for many years. He loved serving the Lord and his family. He enjoyed the many family and friend dinner/get-togethers and spending time with his grandchildren and following their sports, WVU football and basketball. He was a gentle, kind, soft-spoken man who made an impact on so many family and friends with his loving ways.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings, Den Halsey, Eldon Halsey, Leona Alvis and Garnet Crotty.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Cleo Farley Halsey; two daughters, Deb Halsey-Hunter and her husband Geoff and Teresa Milam and her husband John all of Princeton; one son, Tim Halsey and his wife Tammy of Salem, VA; seven grandchildren, John Milam, Jr. and his wife Tina of Wendell, NC, Melanie Blankenship of Perry, GA, Codie Milam-Torres of Princeton, Ryn Wolford and her husband Chris of Wytheville, VA, Sara Branson of Winston-Salem, NC, Jarrod Branson of Princeton and Nick Branson of Princeton; two step-grandchildren, Krysten Garlick and her husband Zack and Taylor White all of Roanoke, VA; three great-grandchildren, Justin Milam, Danica Wolford, Gabryella Vera and Alexandria Milam-Torres; and special friends, who were like family, Phil and Cyndy Branson of Princeton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Bill Pollack and the Rev. Craig Hammond officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be Phil Branson, Jarrod Branson, Nick Branson, Weldon McKinney, Kenneth Gillespie and John Milam, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Foley, Dwight Miller and Kenneth Reeves.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - July 24, 2013

William Clayton Akers; Born in Princeton on April 28, 1953 he was the son of the late Rufus B. and Dorothy Geraldine Blankenship Akers. He previously served with the Salvation Army in Bluefield helping with the Day Care Program. He enjoyed fishing, working on boats, playing the guitar and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Clayton was a veteran having served in the US Marine Corps and he was a member the Salvation Army in Princeton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Rufus Lee Akers, Jerry B. Akers and James Lloyd Fisher and one sister, Christine Weiss.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Mary Hazelwood Akers; three children, William C. Akers, Jr. of Princeton, Christopher Lee Akers and wife Sarah of England and Alisha Gail Akers also of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Summer, Chloe, Brandon, Malaki, Emilee and Jersey; three sisters, Mary Jane Farley and Margaret Akers both of Princeton and Trula Blue of Bluefield.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Capt. Jerry Lester officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the US Marine Corps. The family will honor his wishes and he will be cremated following the services on Friday.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 8, 2013

James Wesley Champ was born December 27, 1957, in Princeton, to the late Peggy Jo Adams and James Edward Champ, Jr. James was a brick mason before retiring.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Otey Blankenship.

James is survived by his fiancée, Letha Mills; Children, Heather Beane and husband James, Shane Champ and wife Ashley, and Joshua Long and wife Lacey; Brothers, Johnny Champ, Stephen Champ and wife Amanda, and Anthony Champ and wife Cheryl; Sisters, Ruby Wright and husband David, and Susan Overbay; and One grandchild, Jidaya Beane.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2013 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton. The family will honor Mr. Champ's wishes, his body will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 18, 2013

Ryan W. Blankenship, 17, of White Oak Drive, Princeton died early Wednesday morning, August 14, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born December 9, 1995, in Bluefield, he was the son of Susan Renee Graham and Stephen Boyd Blankenship both of Princeton. Ryan was a student at Princeton Senior High School as a Senior. Ryan loved music and spending time on the Internet.

Ryan was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Blankenship and maternal grandfather, Raymond Graham along with his uncle, Thomas "Tom" Blankenship.

Survivors in addition to his mother and father, siblings, Lacey Graham, Kayla Blankenship all of Princeton; nephew, Kyler McFadden; paternal grandmother, Jeanette Blankenship; maternal grandmother, Frances Wimmer; several aunts and uncles.

The family is honoring Ryan's request, he will be cremated. There will be no services at the funeral home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - August 19, 2013

Thurman Morgan Nelson, 69, of New Hope Rd., Princeton died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born December 13, 1943 in Mercer County he was the son of the late Samuel Herman Nelson and Mary Viola Hazelwood Nelson. Thurman was employed at West Virginia Pipeline in Princeton as a pipefitter for thirty-seven years until illness forced him into medical retirement. He had been a lifelong resident of the Princeton area.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Edward Dale Nelson, Samuel Eugene Nelson, Jackie Ray Nelson, James Gilbert Nelson, and Herman Lee Nelson.

Survivors include his wife of forty-five years, Judy Irene Akers Nelson of Princeton; two daughters, Tammy Taylor and fiancé Jimmy Berry, and Catherine Nelson all of Princeton; one son, James Nelson of Princeton; four grandchildren, Santana Taylor of Princeton, Morgan Nelson and wife Lindsey of Fayette Co., WV, Jessica Cardwell of Princeton, and Kenneth Lee King of North Carolina; six great-grandchildren; very special friend and ex-daughter-in-law, Heather Taylor of Princeton; three sisters, Helen Louise Blankenship and husband Bill, Hilda Gay Archambault and husband Weldon "Arch", and Diana Kay Lusk all of Princeton; two brothers, Thomas Dale Nelson and wife Beverly , and Larry Day Nelson and wife Peggy all of Princeton; and one half brother, James Lee Thomas of Florida.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the G. E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale with Pastor Larry White officiating. Burial will follow at the Elgood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Willard Akers, Morgan Nelson, Timmy Johnson, Jimmy Berry, D.J. Blankenship, and Sheldon Johnson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Tammy Lynn Johnson, 47, of Bane Avenue, Princeton, died Sunday afternoon, September 1, 2013 at her home. Born February 16, 1966 in Princeton, she was the daughter of Bob Manning and Margaret Wood Manning.

Tammy Lynn was a lifelong resident of Princeton and had been employed by Taco Bell Corporation in Princeton for the past 11 years. She was a member of Hatcher United Methodist Church on Greasy Ridge Road near Princeton.

Tammy Lynn was preceded in death by a son, Bryan Rose.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband James Gerald Johnson of 10 years; her son, Brent Rose of Princeton, along with two siblings; Robert Manning & Debbie Graham and a half sister, Tina Blankenship.

A private gathering will be held on the family farm on Greasy Ridge near Princeton with close friends and family this weekend. The family has honored Tammy Lynn’s request, her body has been cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from September 20 to September 21, 2013

Terry Alan Doty Sr., 58, of Princeton, formerly of Man, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 19, 2013, from CAMC Memorial Division at Charleston [Kanawha Co., WV], after a long illness. Born April 14, 1955, at Logan, he was a son of the late Max Bing Doty Sr. and Mary Alice Brumfield Harvey.

Also preceding him in death was his wife, Sandra Smith Doty; his step-father, Guy Harvey; one brother, Mark Timothy Doty, and one nephew, Bruce "BJ" Luna Jr.

Terry was a disabled steel worker formerly employed with LTV Steel at Elyria, Ohio. Devoted to his family, he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, and nephews. Before his illness, Terry enjoyed riding motorcycles. During the last few years, due to the immobility brought on by his illness, he enjoyed watching television and keeping up with his family and friends over the telephone. One hobby that stayed with him in sickness or in health was his love of music and his ability to play the piano and guitar.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Terry Alan Doty Jr. and Trevor Paul Doty, both of Elyria, and Tana Lynn (Justin) Doty Gargalianos of Lakewood, Ohio; five grandchildren, Rayanne Doty, Victoria Doty, Paul Doty, Kristen Doty and Nikolas Gargalianos; two sisters, Darla (Kevin) Blankenship and Danita (Calvin) Vance, both of Princeton; two brothers, Max (Amy) Doty Jr. of Princeton and Brent (Carrie) Doty of Narrows, Va.; step-mother, Von Doty of Man; nieces and nephews, Timothy Doty, Jennifer Luna (Matt) Basham, Kristina (Andrew) Sheybani-Agdam, Tabitha Blankenship, Andrea Blankenship, Jonathan Doty, Mitchell Doty and Payton Doty; one great-niece, Jayden Doty; two great-nephews, Aaron Sheybani-Agdam and Tyler Doty, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, September 22, at Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 6 p.m. with Rev. Bruce Brumfield officiating. He will be laid to rest Monday at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - September 27, 2013

Mark Robin Blankenship, 54, of Princeton died Thursday, September 26, 2013 surrounded by his family at his home. Born May 12, 1959 in Welch, he was the son of the late C. W. (Bob) Blankenship and Loretta Waugh Blankenship. Mark was a general contractor. Mark loved the Lord, he loved life and everyone around him.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Thomas Blankenship ; two children, Amy Beth Phillips of North Carolina and Bobby Ray Blankenship and wife Jennifer of North Carolina; two stepchildren, Rebecca Yurchick and husband Chris of Fairmont and Ricky Meadows and wife Allison of Princeton; five grandchildren, Marky, Braxton, Levi, London, and Jonah; three brothers, Robert Blankenship of Coal City, Michael Blankenship of Lakeland, Florida and Joey Blankenship and wife Johnnie of Princeton; one sister, Lisa Blankenship of Jefferson City, Tennessee and a very special uncle, who was like a father to him, Green Blankenship of Rocky Gap, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment will follow at Thomas Cemetery at Matoaka. Pallbearers will be Jon Blankenship, Timmy Williams, Greg Dean, Larry Tiller, Chris Yurchick and Micah Brewer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, (WV) September 28, 2013

Mark Robin Blankenship, 54, of Princeton died Thursday, September 26, 2013 surrounded by his family at his home. Born May 12, 1959 in Welch, he was the son of the late C. W. (Bob) Blankenship and Loretta Waugh Blankenship.

Mark was a general contractor. Mark loved the Lord, he loved life and everyone around him.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Thomas Blankenship; two children, Amy Beth Phillips of North Carolina and Bobby Ray Blankenship and wife Jennifer of North Carolina; two stepchildren, Rebecca Yurchick and husband Chris of Fairmont and Ricky Meadows and wife Allison of Princeton; five grandchildren, Marky, Braxton, Levi, London, and Jonah; three brothers, Robert Blankenship of Coal City, Michael Blankenship of Lakeland, Florida and Joey Blankenship and wife Johnnie of Princeton; one sister, Lisa Blankenship of Jefferson City, Tennessee and a very special uncle, who was like a father to him, Green Blankenship of Rocky Gap, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment will follow at Thomas Cemetery at Matoaka. Pallbearers will be Jon Blankenship, Timmy Williams, Greg Dean, Larry Tiller, Chris Yurchick and Micah Brewer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - December 6, 2013

Janet Bowen Ward, 66, of the Old Oakvale Road in Princeton, died Friday morning, December 6, 2013 at her residence. Born August 20, 1947 in Welch, WV, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Bowen and Rachel Blankenship Bowen.

She was a member of the Stinson United Methodist Church in Princeton. Mrs. Ward was always full of life and enjoyed being around people. She was a member of the CASE County Kickers in Princeton, where she made many friends. Mrs. Ward was a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge #1521. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Lee Ward; and brothers, Perry, Earnest, Robert Dean and Norman.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Tony Bowen of Princeton, Rick Ward and wife Laura Bo of White Pine, TN, Sherry Lester of Mt. Hope and David Ward and wife Stephanie of Winston-Salem, NC.; one brother, Hershel Baker of Jolo; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; caregiver, Amy Phillips of Hospice Compassus.

We will celebrate the life of Janet Bowen Ward on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Devin Olachea officiating. Graveside services will follow on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Her family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Lucille “Granny” Clark, 81 of Princeton went to be with her Savior on Sunday December 22, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Browns Creek, WV on October 6, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Richard and Edith Bowling.

She was a member of Princeton Praise and Worship Center and was lovingly known as the "Granny" of the church. She dedicated her life to her Lord and her family. She has led many to the Lord in her lifetime and she touched many lives. Her Christmas wish was to go home to spend Christmas with her Lord and Savior.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate Charles Albert Clark. One daughter, Betty Sargent. Two brothers, Doug and Bill Bowling. Sisters, Winnie May Evans, June Pippin, Ginny Belcher and Alberta Green.

Left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Donna Blankenship and husband Timothy of Princeton; Goldie Wettland and husband Judson of Dudley, MA and Linda Clark of Woester, MA. One Son, Albert Wayne Clark and wife Doreen of Carver, MA. One Son-in-law, Darryl Sargent of TN. One Sister Mary Belcher of Michigan; 18 grandchildren, 36 great grand children, and 6 great, great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive and her extended family of HealthSouth “especially Physical Therapist Earl” and Amanda Ellison with Hospice Compassus.

Funeral Services for Lucille Clark will be conducted Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Cecil B. Shrader and Pastor Johnny Gray officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell. Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Bolen, Douglas Remillard, Todd Wimmer, Joshua Hurley, Ethan Donley, Danny Murphy and Robert Mellen. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Blankenship, Billy Adams and all other grandsons.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Kirby Addition, Princeton, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 27, 2013

Yvonne Carol Fry, 48, of the Kirby Addition, died early Friday morning, October 25, 2013 at her friend's home. Born September 10, 1965 at Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Edward Wayne Jayne and Bessie Montgomery. Yvonne was a graduate of Matawan High School and had worked for the Knowles family in their businesses. She was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Andrew Fry of Princeton. Two daughters, Natasha Montgomery and Andrea Paige Fry both of Princeton. Her sister, Nancy Blankenship of Bluewell. Her special friend and companion, David Wood of Princeton.

The family has honored her request, she has been cremated. On Monday, October 28, 2013, a time of sharing and gathering will be held at Freedom Hope Ministries, 1818 Jefferson Street, Bluefield from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Rock, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 21, 2012

Roger A. Thorn, 64, of Cabin Branch Road, Rock (Lake Bottom), died early Thursday morning, October 18, 2012 at his residence. Born April 28, 1948, in Bluefield, he was the son of the late Bernard Cecil Thorn and Helen Louise Blankenship Thorn.

Roger worked in the coal industry for more than 20 years, having retired from Eastern Fuel Company at Herndon and was a member of the UMWA. He had also worked for several years with Floyd Asphalt & Paving Company. Roger loved his family dearly, and enjoyed fishing, working in his garden and was an avid NASCAR fan, rooting for Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. While his health permitted, he attended Shawnee Baptist Church.

n addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda White Thorn, and a brother, Steven Thorn.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Angela Farmer Thorn; two loving daughters, Stephanie Jones and husband Kenny of Pulaski, Va., Melissa Wynn and husband Robert of Princeton; four grandchildren, Nathan Sigmon and wife Jennifer, Meghan Sigmon, Melinda Sigmon, Justin Shrewsbury; three great-grandchildren, Preston, Peyton and Paige Sigmon; his sister, Delva Cooper and husband Danny of Lake Bottom; special niece, Angela Cooper and special great-niece, Carmella Lane; four great-nephews, Donald, Sam, Nick and Matthew Pendergrass.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Larry Dyer officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be David Hurt, Michael Hurt, Andrew Taylor, Andy Farmer, Steven Barie and Gene Vest.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Rock, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

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Clarence Willard (Mac) McKinney, 81, of Rock, WV, passed away February 3, 2013 at his residence. Born June 23, 1931, in Wyoming County, WV, he was the son of the late Opie and Vercie (Sink) McKinney.

Mac retired in 1993 from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 42 years of service as a Carman. He loved to go deer hunting when he was younger and he enjoyed hunting with his son Doug and grandson Jamie. Later in life, he loved to visit the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. He loved being visited by his children and grandchildren and his youngest great-great-grandson, Brentlee.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife – JoAnn Hardin McKinney, a daughter, Shirley McKinney Whitt, grandson, Donald Nicholson and two sisters – Christine McKinney Preston and Gay McKinney Shrewsbury.

Left to cherish his memory is wife Norma Hall McKinney; sons, Opie S. McKinney of Bluefield, VA and Douglas McKinney and wife Tammy of Princeton, WV. Daughters Patricia McKinney of Princeton, WV and Leslie Darlene McKinney of Watertown, MA; one brother, Charles McKinney and wife Nancy of Silver City, New Mexico and one sister, Verleen Raye of Bud, WV. Three grandchildren who he raised – James W. Whitt and wife Terri of Princeton, WV, Shawna Blankenship Whitt of Princeton, WV and Ronja Whitt Kress and husband Kalvin of Port Charlotte, Fl. Also, grandchildren Ronald and Glen Nicholson and Misty McKinney. Eleven great-grandchildren – Russell and wife Erica Nicholson, Amanda, Curtis and B. J. Nicholson, Tyler and Bailey Whitt, Justin, Maddie and Harlee Blankenship, and Hannah and Micah Kress. Four great-great grandchildren – Serenity, Spencer and Logan Nicholson and Brentlee J. Blankenship. He is also survived by stepson Kenneth Martin of Stafford, VA and stepdaughter Michele Martin (Andrew) Ballard of Reedsville, WV and seven step-grandchildren – Madison Martin and Christopher, Erin, Sean, Kelsie, Michaela and Liam Ballard. He will be greatly missed by his "little buddy" Beau.

Funeral services for Willard will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV with Reverend Marvin McKinney officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with Andrew Ballard, Russell Nicholson, Curtis Nicholson, James Whitt, Tyler Whitt and Justin Blankenship serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Rock, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - July 28, 2013

Jess W. Williams, 88, of Reece Harmon Ridge, Rock, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born July 1, 1925 in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Archie M. Williams and Sarah E. Williams.

He was of the Baptist faith. He retired from Consolidated Coal Company at Itmann #1 in 1984 and was a member of the UMWA Local 9690. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two stepchildren, Ronnie Johnson and Donnie Johnson; one step granddaughter, Sandra Johnson; nine sisters, Thelma McKinney, Lealure Thornton, Georgia Karnes, Edna Davis, Maggie Williams, Mithie Basham, Minnie Simpson, Ella Blankenship and Marusia Reed and three brothers, Russell Williams, Richard Williams and Millard Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Shirley Stables Johnson Williams; nine stepchildren, Danny Ray Johnson and wife Debbie of Rock, Roy Michael Johnson of Pulaski, Va., Margaret "Sissy" Crotty and husband Mike of Princeton, Gary Johnson and wife Wanda of Rock, Terry Lee Johnson of West Point, Va., David Johnson of Galax, Va., Tammy Hodges and husband Frank of Buckhannon, Pammy Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Kenneth Johnson and wife Kimberly of Princeton, a daughter-in-law, Margaret Johnson of Princeton; twenty-one step grandchildren, several step great-grandchildren and step great great-grandchildren and a special caregiver, Tonya Graham of Rock.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 at Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Larry Akers officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Spanishburg, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - April 10, 2013

Patricia Kathleen Ferguson Thompson, 80, of Spanishburg, formerly of Glade Springs, Ocala, Florida, and Coal City, died Thursday, March 14, 2013. Kathleen was born in Camp Creek, Mercer County, WV, the daughter of the late David Lawrence Ferguson and Fern Glen Martin Ferguson Roseblock.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, David Clement, Green Lawson, Ralph Burl and Herman Evestus Ferguson.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Q. Darrell "Bubbles" Thompson; two daughters, Kathy Lynn Thompson of Coal City and Leigh Ann Thompson Herron Venable; one grandchild, Rebecca Adrianne Herron Thrift and her husband, Thomas Thrift, of Midlothian, VA; two great-grandchildren, Canaan Edward Thrift and Kyelin Summers Thrift, also of Midlothian; one sister, Dixie Ferguson Blankenship and her husband, Edward Blankenship, of Spanishburg; two sisters-in-law, Erma Jean Thompson Ayers Allen of Glade Springs and Madonna Setliff Ferguson of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Eddie L. Jones of Coal City; and 21 much loved nieces and nephews.

Kathleen graduated from Stoco High School and Concord College (now Concord University). She taught English grammar, literature, reading, composition and research at Stoco Junior High School, Stoco High School and Independence High School for 24 years. Students considered her tough but fair; friends and family knew her as a woman of boundless generosity, great intellectual curiosity and great spirit. Those close to her knew when they needed help Kathleen would offer it before they asked. Her family was the axis on which her world revolved, and she was the axis for theirs. Her other interests included reading, music, painting and duplicate bridge.

In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and the ashes will be interred in a private family service at the Ferguson Family Cemetery in Fairview. A public celebration of her life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, in the Little Theater at Independence High School.

All who truly knew and loved our mother/grandmother/great-grandmother/aunt/sister/sister-in-law and friend know that Kathleen would say, in the words of one of her favorite authors, William Shakespeare, that she is not really gone from us, but is only, like Romeo, "some other where."

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Speedway, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - September 1, 2013

Gene Arnold Bailey, 71, of Hinton Road (Speedway) near Athens, WV, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV. Gene was born May 14, 1942 in Bull Creek, WV, a son of Zink Bailey and the late Myrtle M. Bailey.

He had been a resident of Athens, WV, since 2001 and was affiliated with the Church of God faith. Gene was formerly of Bull Creek and was a former employee of Massey Coal Company at Premier, WV. He also was a coal truck driver in McDowell County for many years.

In addition to his mother, Myrtle M. Bailey, he was preceded in death by one sister, Glenda G. Bailey and one nephew, Nicholas Akers.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara A. Bailey of the home; his father, Zink Bailey of North Welch, WV, formerly of Bullcreek; three sons, Gene A. Bailey, Jr. of Pinehurst, NC, Christopher M. Bailey and daughter-in-law, Penny B. Bailey of Cleveland, NC, Matthew R. Bailey and daughter-in-law, Tiffany L. Bailey of Bullcreek, WV; the joy of his life, his seven grandchildren, Gene A. Bailey III, Christian P. Bailey, Jameson S. Bailey, and Ethan D. Bailey all of Raford, NC, Isabella K. Bailey, Julianna P. Bailey, and Kristilyn F. Bailey all of Bullcreek, WV; three sisters, Madeline Cline, and Freda Birchfield both of Mohawk, WV and Wilma Prevento of North Welch, WV; five nieces, Andrea Tye and Candace Lester of Mohawk, Kimberly Blankenship of Kernersville, NC, Stephanie Young of Airport Rd., Bluefield, WV, and Ashley Dotson of Bluefield, WV; six nephews, Rockie Bailey and Conner Bailey both of Bullcreek, WV, Harold Cline, Jr. of War, Derrick Cline and Danny Dale Cline both of Princeton, and Stephen Birchfield of Shrewsbury, PA; and two special friends and buddies, Rev. Johnny Gray and Rev. Thomas Atkinson.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, September 2, 2013, at 1 o'clock, with the Reverend Stanley Metz, the Reverend Thomas Atkinson and the Reverend Thomas Fife officiating at the Church of God in Isaban, WV. Burial will follow in the Coleman Cemetery at Bullcreek near Mohawk, WV. Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wolfe, Mercer Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - December 4, 2013

George Lee Wright, 78, of Wolfe, W.Va., passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his home. Born in Pocahontas, Va. he was the son of the late, Bob L. Wright and Virginia Smith Wright. He was a retired mechanic in the air conditioning business.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Patty Sue Lincose.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Lee Wright and wife, Betty of Wolfe, W.Va., and Michael Scott Wright of Tazewell, Va.; two brothers, James Price Wright of Bluefield, Va. and Bobby Wright Jr. of Bluefield, W.Va.; two sisters, Patricia Mitchem of Falls Mills, Va. and Martha Blankenship of Bluefield, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rodriguez Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va. with the Rev. Reginald Blakewood officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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2012, Fort Ashby, Mineral Co., WV, Obituary

The Cumberland Times-News, (MD) - April 21, 2012

Hallie Mae Liller, 95, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at The Dawnview Center. Born July 6, 1916, in Ruckman, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Hunter and Cordelia (Snyder) Timbrook.

She was also preceded in death by first husband, Justin V. Brown; her second husband, Henry B. Liller; and 10 siblings, Lloyd Timbrook, Herman Timbrook, Adrian Timbrook, Bill Timbrook, Allen Timbrook, Virginia Oates, Flo Swisher, Iona Hott, Alma Lee, and Hazel Ruckman.

Mrs. Liller was a homemaker and had belonged to the Zoar Baptist Church in Augusta. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fort Ashby V.F.W., Post 6667.

Survivors include her three children, Jannis Malone, Roxie Hott, and Randy Brown, all of Ridgeley, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Shelly Raines, Pamela Bowman, Wendy Sgaggero, Stacey Ratliff, Nicole Diehl, and J.W. Brown; four great-grandchildren, Kati Raines Blankenship , Kelsi Raines, Seth Sgaggero, and Kristin Ratliff; two step-great-grandchildren, Meghan Bowman Davis and Christopher Bowman; and two great-great-grandchildren, Gunnar Blankenship and Hunter Davis.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Inc. Route 28, Fort Ashby, on Monday from noon to 2 p.m. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary, Fort Ashby V.F.W. Post 6667 will conduct a memorial service in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. The funeral service will follow on Monday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Ed Weaver officiating. Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be J. W. Brown, Brad Diehl, Chris Ratliff, Brian Sgaggero, Rodney Bowman, and Steve Raines.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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2012, Baisden, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - January 15, 2012

Inas Stanley Mounts, 88, of Baisden, homemaker and loving mother, passed away Friday, January 13, 2012, at the home of her son Pedro (Loretta) Mounts with whom she made her home recently. She was born October 1, 1923, at Wharncliffe, to the late George and Alta Stanley

She was married to the late George Mounts. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; one daughter, Marlene Roberts; four brothers, Hollie, Harrison, Virgil and Franklin Stanley; one sister, Betty Paepke She was a founding member of the Full Gospel Church of God of Baisden.

She is survived by her three sons, Carlos (Loretta) Mounts, of Hanover, Charles Mounts, of Gilbert, and Donald Mounts, of Dothan, Ala.; her five daughters, Sue (Curits) Blankenship, of Gilbert, Brenda Wilson, of Gilbert, Barbara (Bruce) Myers, of Charleston, Sharon (Eugene) Ellis; her 17 grandchildren, Jamie, Jim and Jared Roberts, Michael and Dwayne Mounts, Bonnie and Connie Smith, Taunia Smith, Danny Abbott, Jr., Bradley Wicker, Annie Cook, Bridgett Clay, Charity Fortner, Erica Cline, Kaylah Meade, Courtney Eubanks, Kenneth Trent; her 25 great-grandchildren: Julie Ward, Brock Hoch, Tony, Cheyenne, Jonah, Joel, Taylor and Tru Roberts, Mandy, Laney, Dillon and Brady Smith, Connor, Kelsey and Kensey Mounts, Sydney and Tre' Smith, Tristan and Grabrel Gray, Milicent and Moriah Clay, Hannah and Cassidy Cline, Addison Lester, Kenden Trent; her great-great-granddaughter, Mercedes Ward; her two sisters, Virginia Testerman Sparks and Janice Gibson; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jonas Trent, Arville Cline and Timer May officiating. Burial will follow at Hatfield Cemetery, Sharon Heights, Hampden. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Timer May, Macky May, Rex Grubb, Colin Cline, Roy Cline, Jr. Abbott, Ricky, Mickey and Ferlin Christian and Richard Cline.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Baisden, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - April 13, 2012

Shelba "Luv" Cline, 75, of Baisden, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to join her many loved ones waiting for her in heaven, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from Logan Regional Medical Center. Born on March 23, 1937, at Baisden, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Nettie Christian Blankenship.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Cline; one son, Tim Cline; one daughter, Rosetta Anderson; one granddaughter, Jacklyn Rose Cline; one great-granddaughter; and one brother, Gary Blankenship.

Shelba, or "Luv" as she was known, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Church of God at Baisden. She loved serving the Lord and being with her church family. She enjoyed working in her flower garden but her greatest joy came from spending time with her wonderful family and friends. She had a heart of gold and welcomed everyone into her home and her heart. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Shelba and to mourn her passing include her four sons, Gary Carson (Tammy) Cline, Cody Cline, and Jimmy D. (Rebecca) Cline, all of Baisden, and Michael (Stephanie) Cline of Browning Fork; her four daughters, Theresa (Jesse) Harless and Debbie K. (James) Ferrell, both of Baisden, Sandra (Timmy) Cline of Cumberland Va., and Tammy (Anthony) Dotson of Wharncliffe; her 27 grandchildren; her 13 great-grandchildren; her four brothers, Clyde (Lana) Blankenship , Tommy Blankenship and Rebel (Shirley) Blankenship , all of Baisden and Clarence Blankenship of Man; her two sisters, Julie (Don) Lester of Baisden and Connie (Dave) LePard of Michigan; and a host of nieces, nephews and other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at the Full Gospel Church of God with the Revs. Jonas Trent and Diamond Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Roosevelt Cline Family Cemetery at Baisden.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Baisden, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Causby Ritchie Blankenship, 82 of Baisden, departed this earth to meet Jesus on Friday, September 28, 2012, at Williamson Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rosa Regular Baptist Church. Causby loved gardening and spending time with her family. Born March 22, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Estel and Alcie Cline Ritchie.

She is preceded in death by her huspand Troy Blankenship Jr., and infant son, one daughter Deloris and her husband Jimmy Chambers, three brothers Hershell, Steve and Virgil Ritchie, three sisters Lilly Mae Ritchie, Shelva J. Cline and Lennie F. Long, two neices Lavonda Cline Carter and Drucilla Thompson Lester.

Left to carry on her memory is her son Bob (Jane) Blankenship of Ashland Ky, four grandchildren: Nicholas Blankenship, Maya Blankenship, Brandon Chambers and Benita Lynn Chambers. Two sisters: Dessie Mae (Judd) Cline and Elva (Emerson) Thompson and a host of neices, nephews and friends.  

Funeral services will commence at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd at the Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church with Elder Hobert Hamilton and Eric Williamson officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Baisden. Causby will be carried to her final resting place by family and friends. Honorary Pallbearers will be Emerson Thompson, Judd Cline, Drexel Cline, Frank Porter and Keith Cline.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Baisden, Mingo Co., WV, Funeral

The Logan Banner, (WV) - May 14, 2013

Darnell Blankenship, 47, of Baisden, died Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Full Gospel Church at Baisden. Collins Funeral Home of Switzer is in charge of arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Baisden, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Darnell Blankenship, 47 [1966], of Baisden, WV departed this life Thursday, May 09, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. He was born the son of Helen Jean Layne of Baisden and the late Harry Blankenship. He was a coalminer and of Baptist Faith.

He was preceded in death by one brother Marty Blankenship.

Those left to cherish his memories are six daughters Natasha, Sabrina, Ashley, Summer, Charity and Shannon Blankenship, four brothers, Randy (Brenda) and Tyrone (Kathy) Layne, Ricky (Barbara) and David (Debbie) Blankenship, two sisters Sherry (Ricky) Riffe and Diana (George) Hatfield and one grandson Braiden Blankenship.

Services will be held 2:00P.M. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at The Full Gospel Church of God, at Baisden with Pastor Jonas Trent officiating. Burial will follow at the Rufus Blankenship Cemetery at Gilbert Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Baisden, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

http://mountsfuneralhome.com/obituary/jimmy-ray-blankenship

Jimmy Ray Blankenship 66, of Baisden, departed this life Thursday, October 3, 2013 from Logan Regional Medical Center [Logan Co., WV]. Born November 23, 1946 he was the son of the late Leford and Harriett (Mounts) Blankenship.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his 1st wife: Christine (Justice) Blankenship; his son: Stoney Ray Blankenship; his sister: Judy Blankenship.

Jimmy is survived by his wife: Tina (Manuel) Blankenship of Baisden, WV; daughter: Angie Blankenship of Matewan, WV; 2 sons: Christopher (Dedra) Blankenship of Ben Creek, WV, and Jamie Blankenship of Mud Lick section of Gilbert Creek; step-daughter: Angela (Dewayne) Hatfield of Browning Fork section of Gilbert, WV; step-son: Ralph (Beverly) Manuel of Horsepen, WV; grand-children: Courtney, Jamie, and Jacob Blankenship, Gabriel Berry, Haley Hatfield, Zachery Manuel and Jessica Justice; 2 brothers: Tommy (Marcella) and Timmy (Carol) Blankenship of Gilbert, WV; his uncle: Royal Blankenship and a host of other dear family and friends.

Jimmy loved gardening, hunting, and digging ginseng, he enjoyed going to church and being with his family and friends. Jimmy was of the Pentecostal faith.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Full Gospel Church of God at Baisden, WV with the Rev. Jonas Trent and Rev. Winford Bradford officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Mud Lick section of Gilbert Creek.  Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Beech Creek, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - February 10, 2013

Ila Agnes Cisco, 82 of Beech Creek, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 7, 2013 from the Cabell-Huntington Hospital surrounded by her family and loved ones. Born January 8, 1931 at O'Keefe, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Emma Thompson Blankenship.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Walter Cisco, son-in-law Benny Pack, daughter-inlaw Patty Hardin Cisco, and brother-in-law Bobby Hager. Ila was a Christian being a member of the Ben Creek Church of Christ. She was a dedicated homemaker and loved working outdoors in her yard and garden. She was very active until her health prevented her from being so. She painted, was a fixer-upper - if it was broke, she tried to fix it. She was always busy helping her family and friends, and her door was always open to anyone who needed help. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her 5 children Vivian (the late Benny) Pack of Red Jacket, Randell (Nancy) Cisco of Varney, David Cisco and his significant other Crissy of Beech Creek, Larry (Sherry) Cisco of Beech Creek, and Roger (Debra) Cisco of Red Jacket, seven sisters Opal Thacker of Huntington, Betty (Cletis) Smith of Meador, Estalene Jones of Piqua, Ohio, Dorothy. Fitch of Piqua, OH, Ernestene (Gene) Clemons of Pikeville, Ky., Ruth (Tommy) Estepp of Beech Creek, and Judy (Ray) Kennedy of Beech Creek, two brothers Billy Ray (Phyllis) Blankenship and J. P. (Jean) Blankenship both of Beech Creek, ten grandchildren Michael Pack, Julie Cisco, Joseph Cisco, Tara Zornes, Sara Cisco, Corey Cisco, Eli Cisco, Brian Cisco, Joylene Stroud, and Matthew Yoshimoto; 1 step-grandson Andrew Prater, 11 great-grandchildren Christopher Austin Velasquez, Taylor Cisco, Alyssa Zornes, Brooklyn, Alex, and Amanda Chafin, Ryan, Kayden, and James Stroud, Matthew and Darrell Yoshimoto, brother-in-law Alfred (Sue) Cisco of Macon, Ga., sister-in-law Mary (Joe) Korvish of Beckley, special niece Lisa Cottle and her children Bobby and Tiffany; special nephew Kenny Cisco, special friends and caregivers Evelyn Estepp, Cathy Lester, Nancy Burton, and Heather Mullins, two aunts Ruth Hazel of Feds Creek, Ky., and Florence of Chicago, Ill., also surviving is a host other family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday; February 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. from the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, Ky., with Evang. Gene Clemons officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Ky., with her grandsons and Jeremy Blankenship and Jason Varney serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Beech Creek, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Billy Ray Blankenship - age 73 of Beech Creek, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday; December 9, 2013 at his home following a lingering illness.  Born September 16, 1940 at O'Keefe, WV; he was the son of the late Howard and Emma Thompson Blankenship.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister Ila Cisco.

Billy Ray was a faithful member of the Ben Creek Church of Christ.  He was a retired coal miner from Kentucky Carbon Coal Corp. of Phelps, KY and he was a member of the UMWA.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years Phyllis Murphy Blankenship of Beech Creek; 3 daughters Barbara (Mike) Smith of Pikeville, KY, Kathy Hatfield of Blackberry City, WV, and Kimberly (Charles "Magoo") Dixon of McCarr, KY; 1 brother J. P. Blankenship of Beech Creek; 7 sisters Estalene Jones of Piqua, OH, Opal Thacker of Williamson, WV, Dorothy Fitch of Piqua, OH, Tena Clemons of Pikeville, KY, Nelma Ruth Estepp of Beech Creek, Betty Smith of Meador, WV, and Judy Kennedy of Beech Creek; 8 grandchildren Kourtni Hatfield (John) Young, Austin and Braxton Hatfield, Holli, Wendi, and Misti Smith, Joshua and Zachary Dixon. Also surviving is a host of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday; December 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. from the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Gene Clemons and Rocky Hatfield officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Beech Creek with Josh Dixon, Austin Hatfield, Zachary Dixon, Charles "Magoo" Dixon, John Young, Mike Smith, and Chris Hatfield serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer will be Braxton Hatfield.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Chattaroy, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - June 26, 2012

Harold Lloyd Jude, Sr., 81, of Chattaroy, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in South Williamson, [Pike Co.] Ky. Born September 29, 1930, at White Post, Ky., he was the son of the late Tom Jude and Virginia Harrison Jude.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a beloved son, Joseph Jude; his stepmother, Clara Mc-Coy Jude; a brother, Cletis "Jack" Jude; and three sisters, Audrey Trout, Jean Staten and Shirley Skinner; and a stepsister, Annie Young.

Harold was a retired coal miner who was a member of the UMWA for 42 years. He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Nolan Freewill Baptist Church and he was a Mason. In earlier years Harold very much enjoyed fox hunting. Harold was a loving, dedicated and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family very deeply. He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Survivors include Harold's loving wife of 60 years, Fern Jewell Jude; two daughters, Sandy (Roger) Adkins, Delbarton, Karen Cooley, Williamson, Harold "Scooter" (Susan) Jude, Jr., Varney, Kenneth (Deborah) Jude, Chattaroy; nine grandchildren,: Kenneth Jude, who lovingly devoted himself to caring for his granddad, Tyler Jude, Jillian Bright, Jacob Jude, Sienna Curry, Seth Jude, Tedra Dotson, Gary B. Coley and Rudy Adkins; 10 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ethel Smith, Huddy, Ky., Irene Maynard, Belfry, Ky., Lois G. Owen, Huddy, Dulie M. Lucas, Somerset, Ky.; two brothers, Carl Ray Jude, Cleveland, Ohio, Tommy Jude, Harrodsburg, Ky.; and a stepbrother, Robert Blankenship of Hatfield, Ky.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Weaver Mortuary. The Revs. Earl White and Ray Taylor will officiate. Interment is in the Jewell Family Cemetery at Chattaroy. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Seth Jude and Tyler Jude are honorary pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Delbarton, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - March 23, 2012

Ella B. Stratton Yates, 80 of Delbarton, went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2012, while a patient at the Appalachian Regional Hospital [Beckley, Raleigh Co., WV]. She was born July 13, 1931, at Delbarton, the daughter of the late Pete Staten and Annie Marcum Blair.

She was also preceded in death by husbands, Virgil Stratton, Bill Yates and her companion for 19 years Hassell McPeeks; sisters, Elizabeth Murphy, and Joyce Staten; brothers, Dennis Blair, Jack Staten and Ted Staten.

Her survivors include children, Pete (Catherine) Stratton of Hardy, Ky., David (Ruth Ann) Stratton and Donald Stratton (Teresa Varney) both of Delbarton, Judy (Bruce) Justice of Varney, and Carolyn (Billy) Keathley of Turkey Creek, Ky.; brothers, Everett (Debbie) Blair of Lenore and Eugene Blankenship of Huron, Ohio; sister, Ruth Powers of Elk Creek; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Chafin Funeral Home Saturday March 24, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Ed Whitt officiating. Burial will follow in the McPeeks Cemetery at Delbarton. Pallbearers will be friends and family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Delbarton, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

http://www.mountsfuneralhome.com/obituary/brandi-gail-blankenship

Brandi Gail Blankenship, 23 of Delbarton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, at Pax. Born on January 24, 1989, at Princeton she is the daughter of Doug Blankenship and Robbin Lambert White.

Brandi was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dallas Hall.

Brandi was a loving daughter, mother, sister, niece, cousin and friend.  She was a 2008 graduate of Gilbert High School and had complete two years of college and was a member of the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer.  She enjoyed life and loved spending time with her wonderful family and friends.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Brandi and to mourn her passing include her daughter, Farah Grace Riffe of Delbarton; her father, Doug (fiancée Devonda Matney) Blankenship of Hampden; her mother, Robbin Lambert White of Pax; her brother, Dalton White of Pax; her paternal grandparents:  Rayburn and Betty Blankenship of Delbarton; her maternal grandmother, Barbara Friua of Welch; her step-grandfather, Jerry Lambert of Davey; her four aunts:  Carnetta Payne, Debbie Blankenship, Michelle Lambert and Angela Dillion; her two uncles:  Phillip (Katrina) Blankenship and Anthony Lambert; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, July 15th at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer with the Rev. Carl “Cab” Wolford officiating. Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery at Sharon Heights of Hampden. Brandi will be carried to her final resting place by Dalton White, Rob Powers, Anthony Lambert, Craig Blankenship, Michael Blankenship, Cory Blankenship, Derrick Bailey, Aaron Reddish and Lee Perkins.

Honorary Pallbearers are:  Johnny Riffe, Jeff Cline, Gary

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Delbarton, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from July 28 to July 29, 2013

Zeb Allen Sr., 87, went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2013 while a patient at the Appalachian Regional Hospital [Beckley, Raleigh Co., WV]. He was born May 30, 1926 at Paynesville, the son of the late Elias and Lucy Jane Hall Allen.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Blankenship Allen, children, Linda Allen Underwood, Kenneth Allen, Jerry Allen and Rocky Allen, sisters, Martha Muncy, Patty Blankenship and Alice Mitchell, brothers, Sherman, Shirles, Ellis, Elias Jr. and Bob Allen, grandchild, Lobo Allen. Zeb was a retired truck driver.

His survivors include his sons, Zeb (Jean) Allen Jr., Christopher Allen, Johnny (Carol) Davis, Ronald Allen and Donald (Rena) Allen, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and a great- great-grandchild. Many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the Pine Creek Freewill Baptist Church July 28, 2013. Burial will follow on Monday at the Blankenship Cemetery at Paynesville, with pallbearers being, Zeb Jr., Kenneth Jr., Tommy Jude, Donald Allen and Ronald Allen.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Delbarton, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from August 22 to August 23, 2013

Thomas Lee Dotson, 60, of Delbarton, departed this life Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at his home on Elk Creek due to a massive heart attack. Born October 5, 1952, he was a son of Willa Browning Mahon of Taylorsville and the late James Dotson of Cleveland, Ohio, and late Charles Mahon of Taylorsville.

Also preceding him in death was a grandson, Douglas Allen Dotson-Stumbo, in 1992.

Thomas was a graduate of the Burch High School Class of 1971. During his senior year, he went to work at a local auto body shop to provide for the family he and his wife had begun. Thomas was a member of the Delbarton Fire Department and Rescue Squad for many years and served as a Supervisor/EMT/Mechanic for Mingo County Ambulance Service. He was dedicated to saving lives and was a hero to many. Being a mechanic, there wasn't any job he came across that he could not fix, from fire trucks, ambulance, and vehicles to ATVs and lawnmowers. Thomas was a wonderful father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and a true friend. He loved his family and friends as much as they loved him. To many he was known as Daddy Thomas, a nickname given to him years ago by the youth of his community. Thomas volunteered his time to coach many children, including his own son, Tommy, in basketball and baseball during the 90s. He was also a true dedicated fan to the West Virginia University Mountaineers basketball and football teams.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, Frankie Baisden Dotson; daughters, Tammy (Paul) Scott of Delbarton, Chrystal Dawn Bevins of Omar, Kathrine Chambers of Warfield, Ky., and Amber (Jason) Cook of Man, (also known as his "Baby Girl"); his only son, Tommy Lee (Keisha) Dotson II of Mud Fork; grandchildren, Tyler and Derick Scott of Delbarton, Taylor and BreAnna Bevins of Omar, Heather Chambers of Warfield and Addison Brooke Dotson of Mud Fork and Makenzie Paige Dotson to be born Oct. 1; great-grandchild, Brantley Ryan Sartin of Warfield; brothers, James Kyle (Brenda) Dotson of Varney, and David (Tammy) Dotson of Michigan; sisters, Pamela (Odell) Parks of Chattaroy, Dreama Blankenship of Cleveland, Ohio, and Debbie Fouch of McCarr, Ky.; brothers-in-law: Robert Lee Kirk and Rodney Baisden, both of Delbarton; a special uncle and aunt, Corbin and Nina Dotson of Columbus ,Ohio, who were like his parents; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at The Full Gospel Lighthouse (first church on Elk Creek) at Elk Creek with Pastors Jimmy Maynard and Robbie Messer officiating. Burial will follow at the Dotson Cemetery on Elk Creek. Pallbearers will be close friends and family. Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Scott, Jason Cook, Rodney Baisden, Robert Kirk, Glen Baisden, Gary Baisden, Randy Baisden, Cecil Reed, Dallas Toler and Eugene Boggs.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Edgarton, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - October 2, 2012

Phyllis Lynn Blankenship, 78, of Edgarton, departed this life on Monday, October 1, 2012, from the South Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late William and Octavia Dotson Sansom, Phyllis was born January 17, 1934, in Mingo County.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her loving husband, Howard Blankenship; brothers, Charlie and Wilson Sansom and William Blankenship; sisters, Lorain Pruitt, Oma Bailey, and Ella Wagner.

In addition to being a loving mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor, Phyllis was retired, having worked as a United States Post Master. She leaves to honor her loving memory and mourn her passing sons, Alwyn (Bernice) Blankenship of Sand Siding, Johnny (Virginia) Blankenship ; daughter, Sharon (the late Bim) Edwards of Sand Siding; grandchildren, Courtney Stanley, Alex Howard Blankenship , Michael Charles, Tara Hurley and Heather Mullins; and four great-grandchildren.

As per the request of Phyllis, graveside services only will be held Wednesday, October 3, at noon at the family cemetery of Sand Siding, with the Rev. T. H. Ferrell officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Howard, 72, 10Apr1928 - 29Dec2000, Edgarton, Mingo, WV, OH-290-22-0277

 

+2012, Edgarton, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Debra Beavers Blankenship, age 53, of Edgarton, W.Va., entered into the peaceful rest of her Lord and Savior on Friday November 30, 2012, at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center of Pittsburg, [Allegheny Co.], PA. Born August 26, 1959 in Williamson, WV, Debra was the daughter of the late Johnnie Beavers and Georgia Hyatt Bailey.

In addition to her parents, Debra is preceded in death by grandson Ethan Ryan Sincell.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and neighbor, Debra was a homemaker and a 1977 graduate of Matewan High School and was also a member of The Stopover, Ky. Church of God and a member of the Rotary Club of Matewan, W.Va.

She leaves to honor her loving memory and mourn her passing her loving husband, Anthony C. Blankenship Jr. of Edgarton, WV; stepson Keith (Paula) Blankenship of Matewan, WV; Amanda (Ronny Jr.) Gillman; brother Johnnie Beavers Jr. of Edgarton, WV; sister Karen Browning of Edgarton, WV; and grandchildren Devin and Kayelea. She is also survived by stepfather Ballard Bailey, nieces and nephews Cassidy (Willis) Adkins; Zachary and Seth Browning; and great nephew Keegan Adkins. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Honoring services will be conducted Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Rev. Harold Layne and Hiram Justice officiating. Entombment will follow at Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy, KY. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Gilbert, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Shelvy Jean Hatfield, 75 of Gilbert, departed this life on Sunday, March 4th, 2012, at her residence. Born on January 15, 1937 at Baisden, she was the daughter of the late Jess and Bell Cline.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Jesse Hatfield; three sisters:  Lettie Lester, Rosella Carter and Florence Trent; and five brothers:  Tony, Jonas, Jimmy, Nathan and Oakie Cline.

Shelvy Jean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She was a homemaker and of the Church of God Faith.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Shelvy Jean and to mourn her passing include her husband, Dallas Hatfield of Hampden; her children:  Jesse “Bazz” (Joann) Blankenship and Carolyn (Jay) Browning, both of Hampden, Tracy (Herbie) Castle of Gary, Christina (Leonard) Trent of Fort Gay, Ricky (Michelle) Hatfield of Pigeon Creek and Judy (Jeremy) Cline of Baisden; her grandchildren:  Jay, Frank, Drewey, Bucky and Jessica Blankenship, Stephanie, Shannon, Alana and Joey Castle, Chris and Christie Trent, Traci (Granny), Keasha (Ms. Perkins) and Shawna (Scooby) Browning, Ricky Hatfield, Jr., and Brandon (Cadillac) and Summer (Knot Head) Cline; her nineteen great-grandchildren; her two brothers:  Buddy (Jessie) Cline and Hillard (Ruth) Cline; and a host of other dear family and precious friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm on Wednesday, March 7th at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer with the Rev. Jonas Trent, Rev. Learmon Mounts and Rev. Diamond Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery at Sharon Heights of Hampden. Shelvy Jean will be carried to her final resting place by:  Brandon Cline, Chris Trent, Ricky Hatfield Jr., Cody St. Clair, Cody Blankenship, Joe Tolley and J. J. Lester. Honorary pallbearer is Jay “Bird” Blankenship

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Gilbert, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Junior Lee Blankenship, 54 of Gilbert, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and joined his loved ones waiting for him in heaven on Friday, May 17th, 2013, from CAMC—General Division [Charleston, Kanawha Co., WV]. Born February 18, 1959 at Welch, he was the son of the late James and Wanda Wiley Blankenship.

Junior was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  He attended the Browning Fork House of Faith and enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his wonderful family and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Junior and to mourn his passing include his  wife, Linda Gail Blankenship; his son, James (Billie) Blankenship of Gilbert; his daughter, Candy (Rocky) Lusk of Cyclone; his two grandchildren: Cory and Brooklyn Blankenship; his two brothers:  Billy (Dreama) Blankenship and Roger (Midge) Blankenship, both of Gilbert; his step-mother, Virginia Walls of Tamcliffe; his two step-brothers:  Roger Blankenship and James May, both of Tamcliffe; his three step-sisters:  Norma (Jeff) Ogle of Baisden, Angela May of Matewan, and Cindy (Tim) Kenneda of Kopperstone; his  special nieces: Jamie Browning, Jowana Blankenship, Misty May, Jennifer Perry, Rebecca Milton and Sierra Perry ; his special nephews, Billy Joe Blankenship, Jr. and Jody Blankenship; a special friend, Donald Stanley; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 21st at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Diamond Carter and Rev. Lowell Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Browning Grimmett Cemetery at Bruno. Junior will be carried to his final resting place by his family and friend. He is gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Wanda, 33, 07Dec1943 - ??Aug1977, Gilbert, Mingo, WV, WV/NC-232-96-2860

SSDI; Blankenship, James W., 58, 17May1939 - 04Oct1997, Gilbert, Mingo, WV, WV-236-60-0503

 

+2013, Gilbert, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Timmy Ray Blankenship, 49 of Gilbert, departed this life on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Williamson Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1963 at Welch, he was the son of the late Fred and Edith Griffey Blankenship.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Blankenship; his paternal grandparents, George Washington and Timpy Trent Blankenship; and his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Littie Fuller Griffey. Timmy was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.  He loved going camping and spending time with his wonderful family and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Timmy and to mourn his passing include his three sisters:  Wilma Lockhart of Isaban, Mary Bell (Rick) Banks of Kentucky and Bonnie Sue Blankenship of Lexington North Carolina; his two brothers:  Freddy Joe (Loretta) Blankenship and Ralph Blankenship, both of Isaban; his four nieces:  Frances Cline (Steve) Ellis of Gilbert, Angela (Bobby) Coleman of Bull Creek, Mary Powell of Coal Mountain and Carrie Blankenship of Isaban; his five nephews:  Harold Blankenship of Bull Creek, Evan Blankenship of Panther, Chase Blankenship of North Carolina, Edgar Hardin of Charleston and Adam (Kayla) Hardin of Bull Creek; his four great-nieces and three great-nephews, who he thought the world of, Angel Ellis, McKenzie Brooks,  LaShay Blankenship, Autumn Coleman, Dominic Ellis, Dalton Dakota Brooks and Dominic Ryan Hardin; a very special friend, who was like a sister, Lisa Kennedy of Long Branch; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, July 28th at the Isaban Church of God with Rev. Tom Fife officiating. Burial will follow in the Brushy Fork Cemetery at Isaban. Timmy will be carried to his final resting place by family and friends. He is gone from our sight but never from our hearts

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Gilbert, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Hattie Poe Blankenship, 78 of Gilbert, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to join her many loved ones waiting for her in heaven, on Monday, September 9, 2013 at Logan Regional Medical Center [Logan Co., WV]. Born November 23, 1934 at Gilbert, WV, she was the daughter of the late William “Bill” and Josephine (Trent) Poe. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughters: Abby Dawn Poe and Harriett Jean Wiley; her son: Eddie Ray Poe: Sisters; Gracie Johnson, Alverta Browning, Nellie Prater, Kermit Hatfield, Virginia Browning, Florence Hatfield, Pearl Poe and Dexie Cook; Brothers: Billie Poe and Verner Fred Poe, Sr.

Hattie was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She loved tending her Rose bushes, watching television, and spending time with her family and friends.  Hattie was of the Church of God faith.

Those remaining to love and cherish the memory of Hattie and to mourn her passing include her daughters: Melissa “Lulu” Poe of Gilbert and Alesha Cook (Stanley) of Hanover: her sons: Jimmy “Jerry” Poe Sr. (Gloria Anderson), Randy “Scrappy” Poe (Gloria), William “Joe” Poe, Lovel “Pedlo” Poe (Linda) all of Gilbert, and Larry “Skeebo” Poe of Texas; her sister: Ruby Nagy of Gilbert; her brothers: Clarence Poe of Wharncliffe, and Roger Poe of Panther.  A host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 12th 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Diamond Carter and Rev. Walter Grimmett officiating.  Burial will follow at the Sycamore Hill Cemetery in the Stafford Branch section of Gilbert.  Hattie will be carried to her final resting place by family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Hampden, Mingo Co., WV, Funeral

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - September 18, 2012

Charles "Chookie" Roland Blankenship, 69, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, with the Revs. Mick Frye and Dale Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Hatfield Cemetery, Sharon Heights, Hampden.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Hampden, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Charles “Chookie” Roland Blankenship, 69 of Hampden, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston. Born November 5, 1942, at Isaban, he was the son of the late Charley Blankenship and Beulah Surber Blankenship Thompson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five sisters:  Juanita Blankenship, Edith Cline, Alberta “Jo” Coleman, Alice Craighton and an infant sister; two brothers:  Lawrence Blankenship and Herman Blankenship.

Funeral: Thursday, September 20th at 1:00 pm, Mounts Funeral Home Chapel in Gilbert WV

 

2013, Horsepen, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Tammy Sue Blankenship, 43 of Horsepen section of Gilbert, departed this life on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at her residence. Born July 23, 1970, at Man, she was the daughter of Nancy Mae Blankenship and the late Delnora Blankenship.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one son, Danny Ray Blankenship and two sisters:  Francis Ann Blankenship and Kathy Lynn Blankenship Hatfield.

Tammy was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those remaining to love and cherish the memory of Tammy and to mourn her passing include her mother, Nancy Mae Blankenship of Horsepen; her fiancé of 19 years, Gregory Keith Ellis of Horsepen; her two sisters:  Brenda Cline of Hanover and Amy Lee (Micheal) Paynter of Monroe County; her four brothers:  Billy Lynn Blankenship and Ezra Blankenship, both of Horsepen, Ronnie (Evelyn) Blankenship of Washington DC and John Ray Belcher of Hanover; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will commence at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 4th at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Blankenship officiating. To honor her wishes she will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Justice, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - January 31, 2012

Dolly Adkins, 90, of Justice, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to join her many loved ones waiting for her in heaven on Saturday, January 28, 2012, from Cabell Huntington Hospital. Born on October 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late McKinley and Murlie Blankenship Perry.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her loving husband Wilson Adkins, infant daughter Mildred, two granddaughters, Lisa Allen and Tammy Lester, two sisters Elva Fortner and Hazel Lester, two brothers Hoover Perry and Opal Perry.

Dolly was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a devoted Christian who sang and played guitar in church. She wrote many songs and taught others to play guitar. Her greatest joy was her family. She especially enjoyed cooking and baking for her large family. Dolly never met a stranger and was loved dearly by family and many special friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Dolly and to mourn her passing include her four daughters: June Wistrand of Boca Raton, Fla., Joann Steele of Williamson, Betty Williams of Beckley, and Anita Peters of Huntington; her two sons: Johnny Adkins of Pounding Mill, Va., and Jimmy Adkins of Albany, Ga.; her 11 grandchildren: Cindy Lester, Karen Couture, Jennifer Shortt, Tony Lester, Darin Lester, John Scott, Jack Scott, John Warren Adkins, Jason Peters, Adam and Alan Adkins; her 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Macy Wallace and Nancy Riffe; and brother Lyle Perry; many nieces and nephews and a host of other dear family and friends

Funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 12 noon at Mounts Funeral Home with the Rev. Randall Staten officiating. Burial will follow in the Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Dolly will be carried to her final resting place by her grandsons and other family members.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Justice, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Kennis Lee Justice, 68 of Justice, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from Logan Regional Medical Center in Logan. Born on October 2, 1943, he was the son of the late Drewey and Marie Toler Justice.

In addition to he parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Christine Blankenship and two brothers:  Benny and James Justice.

Kennis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  He was a retired coal miner of 25 years and a devoted member and musical leader of the Justice Church of God.  He spent his life sharing the word of God through his singing ministries.   He enjoyed spending time with his wonderful family and friend and getting to share the wonderful message of the Lord with others.   He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Kennis and to mourn his passing include his loving life companion of 47 years, Zelda Cline Justice of Justice; his daughter, Melinda (Howard) Carter of Justice; his two sons:  Allen (Cheri) Justice and Jason Justice, both of Justice; his brother, Freddy Justice of Justice; his four sisters:  Joyce (Barry) Browning of Wharncliffe, Darlene (Mike) Toler of Cleveland OH, Sereta (Randy) Harvey of Justice and Karen (Michael) Hall of Justice; his four grandchildren:  Sharanda (Brian) Stanley, Joseph Cline, Hope Justice and Tyler Carter; and a host of nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Justice Church of God on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Bill Cresong, Rev. Denny May, Rev. Dale Collins and Rev. Jonas Trent officiating. His final resting place will be in the Davis Cemetery at Justice. He will be carried to his final resting place by:  Howard and Tyler Carter, Joseph Cline, Mike Smith, Michael and Mikey Hall, Keith Lester and Russell Walls. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Justice, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - October 25, 2012

Mary Susie LeFevers, 87, of Justice, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Trinity Healthcare of Logan after an extended illness. Born April 4, 1925, at Justice, she was a daughter of the late John and Octavia Lester Wilson.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Paul LeFevers; two infant sons, Johnny Keith and Timothy LeFevers; two brothers, Amos Wilson and Richard "Dick" Wilson, and two sisters, Evelyn Wilson and Thursa Ann Blankenship. Susie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a devout Christian.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Sharon (Arnold) Addair of Danville, Ohio, Karen (Lester) Carlson of Beaverton, Ore., Kathy (Frank) Ruloff of Logan, and Annette (Billy) Hawks of Verner; two sons, Rev. Rodney (Linda) LeFevers of North Springs and Sammy Cox of Justice; four grandsons, Adam (BillieJo Marie) Addair of Danville, Ohio, Paul and Kyle Hawks, both of Verner, and Joshua LeFevers of North Springs; three granddaughters, Nikki Murphy of Oregon and Kristen and Hannah LeFevers of North Springs; three great-grandchildren, Samantha, MacKenzie and Austin Addair; one great-granddaughter, Kellyn Addair due to make her arrival soon; two sisters, Lucy Lester of Verner and Loretta Lawson of Campobello, S.C.; one brother, Thomas (Linda) Wilson of Huntsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Ruby Wilson of Hampden; her special friend, Melissa Gentry, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 27, at the Justice Tabernacle at Justice with Rev. Johnny Shelton and Rev. Rodney LeFevers officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilson Cemetery at Justice. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Justice, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Freddie Justice, 63 or Justice, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and joined his many loved ones waiting for him in heaven, on Friday, March 1st, 2013, from his residence at Justice. Born on June 3, 1949 at Iaeger, he was the son of the late Wells Drewey and Marie Toler Justice.

In addition to his parents Freddie was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Lee Justice; one sister, Christine Blankenship; and three brothers:  Benny, James and Kennis Justice.

Freddie was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  He was in construction industry and was a member of the Justice Tabernacle.  He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.  He loved sending time with his wonderful family, his church family and his friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Freddie and mourn his passing include his son Brian (Rhonda) Justice of Pad Fork section of Hanover; his grandson, Zachary Justice; his three granddaughters:  Tamera, Cheyenne and Aaliyah Justice; his four sisters:  Joyce (Barry) Browning of Wharncliffe, Darlene (Mike) Toler of Cleveland Ohio, Sereta (Randy) Harvey of Justice and Karen (Michael) Hall also of Justice; many nieces and nephews and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th at the Justice Tabernacle with the Rev. Randall Staton officiating. Burial will follow in Justice Memorial Gardens at Justice. Freddie will be carried to his final resting place by his family and friends. He is gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Mate Creek, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Mary Lucille "Lou" Blankenship - age 90 of Mate Creek, WV passed away Friday; Feb. 10, 2012 at her home following a lingering illness.  Born April 18, 1921 at Matewan, WV; she was the daughter of the late Young and Sally Hessie Mitchell Kennedy.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Bill Blankenship; 3 infant children; several brothers and sisters; and her longtime companion and best friend Warren Dempsey. Lou was a homemaker, a devoted Christian, and a member of the Devon Church of Christ.

Survivors include 2 sons Buddy Blankenship of Ohio and Eddie Blankenship of Huntington, WV; 4 daughters Linda (John) Hatfield of Mate Creek, WV, Bobbi (Danny) Curry of Delbarton, WV, Peggy (Terry) Davis of South Point, OH, and Donna Robin (Raymond) Joplin of North Matewan, WV; 1 brother Ray (Judy) Kennedy of Beech Creek, WV; 3 sisters Mildred Dean of Minnesota, Dixie Irving and Martha Jane Pierce both of Huntington, WV; her special niece and #2 daughter Billie Jean Simpkins of Beech Creek, WV; her special nephew David (Charlotte) Blankenship of Beech Creek, WV; special friend Theresa (Johnny) Collins of Red Jacket, WV; 15 grandchildren, a host of loving great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday; Feb. 15, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. from the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Evang. Gene Clemons officiating.  Burial will follow in the Kennedy Cemetery at Beech Creek with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Matewan, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Billy E. Blankenship, 78, of Matewan, W.Va., husband of Bonnie Blankenship, died June 6 in Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson, Ky. He was a minister and former truck driver.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Hatfield Funeral Chapel, Toler, Ky.; burial at Blankenship Cemetery, Sand Siding, W.Va.

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+2012, Matewan, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

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Bro. Billy E. Blankenship - age 78 of Matewan, WV went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday; June 6, 2012 from the Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson, KY. Born August 26, 1934 at Freeburn, KY; he was the son of the late Ernest and Octavia Dotson Blankenship.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter Lynna Blankenship, 2 sons Joel and Allen Blankenship; and a half sister Joan Daughterty; and his grandmother who raised him Tennessee Justice. Billy was was a former truck driver and a long time minister of the Gospel.

Survivors include his beloved wife Lois Bonita "Bonnie" Blankenship; 5 sons Wayne (Patricia) Blankenship of Joliet, IL, James (Nevada) Blankenship of Sipsy, Alabama, William (Melody) Blankenship of Majestic, KY, Ronnie (Denise) Blankenship of Sipsy, Alabama, and David (Fay) Blankenship of Columbus, OH; a half-sister Loretta Wright of Florida; his caretaker and friend Carol of Matewan, WV; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday; June 9, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. from the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Toler, KY with Rick Banks officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery at Sand Siding, WV.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Matewan, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from August 19 to August 20, 2013

Donna Jean Pruitt, 76, of Hatfield Bottom, Matewan, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013, at Pikeville Medical Center of Pikeville, [Pike Co.], Ky. Born January 31, 1937, in Mingo County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Stella McCoy Rutherford.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, William Pruitt; daughters, Stella Pruitt and Wilma Pruitt Holt; sons, Glen "Doc"; Blaine and James "JJ" Pruitt; brothers, Glen and Jack Rutherford, and sister, Doris Blankenship. Donna was a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons: Bill (Kathy) Pruitt, Clarence (Lisa) Pruitt and Clint (Dawn) Selvage; daughters: Susan Young, Debbie (Eugene) Burgraff, Monica (James) Lester and Donna Sue Pruitt; brothers: Charles, Jimmy, Dave and Bobby Rutherford; sisters, Peggy Wolford, and grandchildren: Billy Cisco, John Travis Young, Brandy, Billy Mack, Alexandria, John Patrick, Glen, Shawn, Brandon, Blaine, Terence, Merissa, Alisha, Clarence, Briana, J. D., Cody, Mckenzie, Kaydi, Jaxson, Kayla, Kristin,; Zack, Courtney, Kelsia, Allison and Jaylen.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday, August 21, at Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Bro. Shawn Burgraff officiating. Burial will follow in the Pruitt Family Cemetery at Merrimac.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Matewan, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from September 18 to September 19, 2013

Sheila Scott, 59, of Smith Towers, Matewan, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013, in the Emergency Room of the Williamson Memorial Hospital. Born April 1, 1954, at South Williamson, Ky., she was a daughter of Tiny Ferrell Whitt of McCarr, Ky., and the late Irvin Scott.

Also preceding her in death was a brother, Ernest Roland Scott. Sheila was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother and sister.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Teresa (Darin) Whitt of Hardy, Ky., and Kelli Blankenship of Beech Creek; two sisters, Ruth Hatfield of High Point, NC and Rhonda Daniels of KY; four grandchildren, Danielle Church, Chance Whitt, William Blankenship and Brianna Kidwell, and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at R.E. Rogers Funeral Home with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m. Per her request she will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Meador, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in The Logan Banner from September 18 to September 19, 2013

John Hatfield, 73, of Mate Creek, Meador, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Huntington. Born October 30, 1939 at O'Keefe, W.Va., he was a son of the late George and Rosa Vance Hatfield.

Also preceding him in death was an infant daughter, Cheryl Lynn Hatfield; three brothers, Elias, Oval and Grover Hatfield, and sisters, Eleanor Walden, Esther Johnson, and infant Geneva Hatfield.

John was an Elder of the Devon Church of Christ, a teacher of the Gospel for over 35 years, a talented singer, and a retired mine foreman from the Old Ben Coal Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam Era.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Blankenship Hatfield; two sons, Duane (Stephanie) Hatfield of Houston, Texas, and William (Lora) Hatfield of Mate Creek; one brother, Haven Hatfield of Carlsbad, N.M.; two sisters, Rhodenna (Gerald) Pack of Beech Creek and Mary Lee (John) Hickok of Waycross, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Qiana, Ryan, Johnny, Sarah, John Hunter, Spencer and Tyler; 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at the Devon Church of Christ with Bro. J. P. Blankenship, Bro. Travis Simpkins, and Bro. David Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery at Beech Creek with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Red Jacket, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - February 12, 2013

Douglas M. Perkins age 73, of Red Jacket, W.Va., graduated from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Friday February 8, 2013, at the Williamson, W.Va. Memorial Hospital. A son of the late Raymond and Sarah Whaley Perkins, Doug, was born on February 25, 1939, at North Matewan, W.Va.

Those that precede him in death in addition to his parents include his brothers James, Charles, Ronnie, and Curtis, and a sister Brenda Barger.

Doug was a United States Army Veteran and was proud of his service to his country. Doug worked in Columbus, Ohio, for Westinghouse and upon his retirement from this company he returned home to begin working in the coal mines where he later retired and became an active member and proudly served in the UMWA Local #1440. Doug was also a member of the North Matewan First Assembly of God where he participated in various departments of the church. If a job needed to be done or if assistance was needed in getting the job accomplished, Doug, was willing to lend a helping hand. His most favored accomplishment was his family and community of friends. Doug was not only a loving but a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

Those left to share his memory and mourn his passing include his loving wife Linda Hardesty Perkins, son Doug (Valerie) Perkins; Daughters Karen (Derrick) Christian and Leisha Perkins; Grandchildren Kristie Kennedy, Ryan Perkins, Shayla Justice, Derrick Christian, Brittany Perkins, Keri-Lynn Pope, Paula Bench, Harold May, Andrew Blankenship , Summer Perkins, Haylee New and Kadie-Jo Perkins; Great Grandchildren Brenden Kennedy, Keagun Kennedy, Kinley Cooper, Sophia Justice, Anna Elkins, Lil Brian Elkins, Alex Elkins, Sabastian Varney, Isabella Bench, Shawn Bench, and Hannah Edwards; Brothers Randal Joe Perkins of Columbus, Ohio, Bill (Jeanette) Perkins of New Jersey, Danny Frank Perkins of Columbus, Ohio, and Keith (Anette) Perkins of Vienna, Ohio; Sisters Linda Smith of Columbus, Ohio, Sue (Richard) Sierz of Michigan, Barbara (Joe) Kennedy of Ohio, Shiela (John) McDonald of Ohio, Betty Keller of Columbus, Ohio, and Mable Marie Estepp of Columbus, Ohio. Doug is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, loved ones and a community of friends and also his special friend whom he loved as his very own daughter Marsha Lockard.

Services honoring the life of Doug will be conducted on Tuesday February 12, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., from the North Matewan First Assembly of God with the Revs. Lowell Sparks, Dallas Rife, and Richard Robinette officiating; burial will then follow in the Mountain View Memory Gardens of Maher, W.Va., with graveside military rites being performed by Belfry Chapter #141 of the Disabled American Veterans. Pallbearers will include Ivan Lee, Michael Scales, Shawn Bench, Harold May, Dwayne Cooper, and Tony Ross. Honorary Pallbearers will include Kenny Varney, Harold Lockard, Hugh Colangelo, Walter Hardesty, Roger Hardesty, and Russell Hardesty, and Team Mingo will also serve as distinguished honorary pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Sprattsville, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Gilbert Times (WV) - March 7, 2012

Alice Lester, 67, of Sprattsville, died Friday, March 2, 2012. Born on July 8, 1944, at Baisden, she was the daughter of the late Troy and Vannie Blankenship New.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Dye and Browning Cemetery at Verner.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Thacker, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - June 2, 2013

Oma Blankenship, age 92, of Thacker, W.Va., entered into the rest of her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning June 1, 2013, at the South Williamson, [Pike Co.], Ky., ARH Hospital. A daughter of the late George and Sally Blankenship, Oma was born on December 15, 1920, in Pike County, Ky.

Those that precede her in death in addition to her parents include her husband Fonso Blankenship, sons Danny K., Bobby Gene, and Jessie Blankenship, three brothers and two sisters. Oma was a member of the Church of God In Jesus Name of Phelps, Ky., as well as a devoted mother, loving grandmother, and great grandmother.

Those that are left to cherish her memory and continue with her legacy of faith and devotion include her sons Kenneth and Harl Blankenship, daughters Loney (the late Edward) Hatfield, Della Ray (Roy) Browning, Phyllis (Herbert) Glissondors, and Iris Lee (Red) Daniels, sister Esteline Lester and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services honoring the life of Oma will be conducted on Wednesday June 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Church of God In Jesus Name of Phelps, Ky., with the Revs. Opie Harris and Ronnie Wolford officiating, burial will then follow in the Blankenship Cemetery of Jamboree, Ky.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Varney, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2013

Lisa Copley, 42, of Varney, passed away Nov. 10, 2013, at the Williamson Memorial Hospital. She was born April 22, 1971, in Delaware. She was the daughter of the late Bob and Betty Jean Copley Blankenship. Lisa was a homemaker.

Her survivors include her companion, Gene Randall Blair; son, Greg (Angela) Copley of Taylorville; brothers, David Allen, Stewart Copley and Bobby Courtney, all of Virginia; sister, Tammy Courtney of Virginia and step-brother and sister, Clayton and Julie.

A memorial service will be held at the New Beginning Community Church Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. Rev. Jason Allen will be officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Verner, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - May 15, 2012

Emma Kathryn Mitchell, 89, of Verner, went to be with her Heavenly Father Sunday, May 13, 2012. Born May 29, 1922, at Guyan, she was a daughter of the late John Sherman and Edna Carrie Blankenship Browning.

Also preceding her in death was her husband and true love with whom she shared 66 years of marriage, Spice Creek, WV; seven sisters, Ardena Browning, Clytia Browning, Ollie Browning, Glenna Vance, Elzora Grimmett, Zina Wiley and Ivel Collier, and four brothers, Jimmy Browning, Clarence Browning, Homer Browning and Rubal Browning.

Emma was a retired school teacher, formerly employed with Logan County Board of Education, having taught school for 44 years. She was a member of the Man Church of the Nazarene for 63 years where she taught Sunday school for 58 years, served as the Missionary Leader, and was a member of the Ladies Aide. Recently, the new Man Church of the Nazarene Family Life Center was dedicated in honor of Emma and her husband, Bill, and Buddy and Juanita Ellis for their many years of support and commitment to the church. She was also a member of the START Club and the Hemlock Hills Garden Club. Emma led a very active life and enjoyed quilting and crafts. She also served her church and START Club by decorating for all special occasions. Emma loved all of the week-end cookouts with her family, her church, and studying the word of God. Above all, Emma's proudest accomplishment was that of being a wonderful and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a kind, caring and virtuous woman, who had a tremendous influence on many people.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Janet) Mitchell of Verner; one daughter, Rebecca (Alan) Dantes of Charleston; two granddaughters, Amy (John) Keffer and Julie (Bobby) Morris, both of Verner; two grandsons, Ricky (Christy) Blankenship of Madison and Richie Mitchell and his fianceé, Amy Anderson, of Verner; great-grandchildren, Malorie Keffer and her fiancé, Trey Taylor, John Thomas Keffer, Mitchell, Bethanie and Dylan Morris, Kendra and Emily Mitchell and Conner Blankenship ; many special nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Man Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Brian Pope and Rev. Rodney Robinette officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Vitruls, Charles Erwin, Bill Weese, Charles "Buddy" Ellis, Jonathan Ellis, Jim Grimmett, Willie Senator, Doug Williamson, Bob Seakelly and Don Nester.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wharncliffe, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

The Logan Banner, (WV) - March 1, 2013

Bangor "Nig" Cantrell Jr., 53, of Wharncliffe, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital [Huntington, Cabell Co., WV] following a courageous battle with cancer. Born December 20, 1959, he was a son of the late Bangor and Ethel Gibson Cantrell.

Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Virgil, Ronnie Gene, Burgess "Buck" and Drewey "Jed" Cantrell, and three sisters, Geraldine Morris, and infants Mollie and Lula Cantrell. Nig was of the Pentecostal faith and attended the New Hope Assembly of God at Switzer.

Survivors include two daughters, Rena M. Cantrell (Jeffery) Estepp and Rachel E. Cantrell; one grandson, Kenneth Michael Estepp; three brothers, Joseph Cantrell (fiancée Shelia Justice) and Bernard (Delana) Cantrell, both of Wharncliffe, and John Cantrell of Ohio; four sisters, Vicki (Harmon) Frye of Stollings, Lois Jean (J. P.) Blankenship of Meador, Kathy Ann (Randy) Bishop of Varney and Grace (Jimmy) Jeffrey of Sarah Ann; a special friend, Freda Cantrell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Shane Dennison officiating. Burial will follow Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Pallbearers will be Jeffery Estepp, Allen Hatfield, Ryan Hatfield, Jimmy Jeffrey, Kevin Cantrell and Jacob Browning.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Williamson, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - February 1, 2012

Landon Keith Hannah, the one and a half month old infant son of Randy and Easter Whitt Hannah of Williamson, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 29, 2012, in Williamson. He was born December 13, 2011, in South Williamson, Ky.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rylea Micah Hannah; an uncle, Barry Chafin; and his maternal grandfather, Robert Whitt.

Survivors, in addition to his Daddy and Mommy, include two brothers, Christian Andrew Hannah and Keigan Alexander Hannah, both of the home; his paternal grandparents Earnest and Nellie Hannah of East Williamson; his maternal grandparents, Rose Whitt and Gary Pauley of Williamson, James and Victoria May of Turkey Creek, Ky., and Henry and Mildred Whitt of Williamson; his paternal great-grandmother, Nettie Ratcliff of Kermit; his aunts and uncles Earnest and Regina Hannah, Carl and Jeanetta Beckett, James and Angel Hosley, Jennifer Whitt, Tiffany Whitt, Deanna Blankenship, Katelynn Whitt, William Henry Whitt, Shawn Staten, Joe and Nora Hartley, Tiffany May, and Kayla May; his cousins, Kyra and Kirstin Hannah, Tamera Beckett, Keyleigh Hannah, Lila Hannah, Jamison Hosley, Braxton Hosley, Kyleigh Hosley, Madison Chafin, MacKenzie Chafin, Cameron Sammons, and Michael Staten.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, February 2, at 1 p.m. from the Chattaroy Church of God with Pastor Mike Bostic and Terry Varney officiating. Burial will follow in the Runyon Cemetery at Dan's Branch with his Daddy and Shawn Staten serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Williamson, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - November 27, 2012

Franklin D. Sanson, 76, of Williamson, departed this life on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Williamson Memorial Hospital. Born on November 29, 1935, in Majestic, Ky., Franklin was the son of the late Robert and Bertha Ferrell Sanson.

In addition to his parents, Franklin is preceded in death by his loving wife, Janice Butler Sanson.

Franklin served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 - 1959 and was stationed in Alameda, Calif. During his four year stint he enjoyed traveling to numerous ports in China and most of Southeast Asia. Upon returning to America, he worked for the Kentucky State Highway Department and the McCoy - Alma Coal Company before retiring from his job as a property manager in Arvada, Colo. Most recently Franklin enjoyed working as a greeter at the South Williamson Walmart. Franklin was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in West Williamson and he also enjoyed attending services at the Matewan Missionary Baptist Church in Matewan.

He leaves to honor his loving memory and mourn his passing, daughter June Sargent of San Francisco, Calif.; brother Ernest Sanson, currently residing in the Philippines; sister Helen Jean Blankenship of Majestic, Ky. Franklin is also survived by nephews Robert and Bud Sanson and a host of family members and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Honoring services will be conducted Thursday, November 29, at 1 p.m. at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Carl Butler officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy, Ky. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Williamson, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Williamson Daily News (WV) - January 8, 2013

Doris Ann Blankenship, age 70, of Williamson, WV formerly of Sprigg, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013, at the Williamson Memorial Hospital. A daughter of the late Clarence and Stella Mc-Coy Rutherford, Doris was born February 14, 1942 in Mingo County, WV.

In addition to her parents, Doris is preceded in death by her son Carly Rutherford, brothers Larry, Glen, Darrell, and Jack Rutherford. Doris was a homemaker.

She is survived by daughters Carmella Kinder of Matewan, WV; Angela Gooslin and Kelley Blankenship both of Ransom, KY; brothers Bobby, Dave, Jimmy, and Charles Rutherford; sisters Peggy Wolford and Donna Pruitt; grandchildren Christina Moore; Charles Kinder II; Mandy Cullop; Jacob Gooslin; Jasmine Kinder; great grandchildren Azaria Moore; Ethan Ratliff; Joseph Kinder; Bailey Cullop; and Liam Kinder.

Honoring services will be conducted Thursday January 10, 2013 at Chambers Funeral Services Chapel at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Murphy Cemetery at Merrimac. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Williamson, Mingo Co., WV, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from September 3 to September 4, 2013

Audrey Robine Ball Huff was born May 15, 1931, a daughter of the late Joseph and Inice Tibbs Ball. She departed this life August 26, 2013, at Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital [South Williamson, Pike Co., KY]. She had suffered from a lingering illness for many years and her passing into God's hands was peaceful.

She was the beloved wife of Robert N. Huff Sr., who also preceded her in death.

She was the mother of adoring and dedicated children who will always love her and hold her in their heart: Connie Huff (Kenneth Baker), Janice Huff (Carl Blankenship), Robert Huff Jr. (Patty Casey), Terry Huff (Patricia Huff) and Ryan Huff (Goldie Huff). Her grandchildren were the delight of her life and her true joy was to always be teaching them something new. They include: Mari Huff (Jesse Bryant), Jessica Huff (Seth Kennedy), Schuyler Huff, Morgan Huff, Seth Huff, Kenneth Baker Jr., Dawn Baker and Mindy Creech. She had two very special great-granddaughters, Micaela Baker and Gabby Baker. Many young people were very special in her life, especially Wallace and Jeff Rife. She also loved deeply her brother and his wife, James E. Ball (Mary Ball).

Her gentle sister, Joan Ball Aguado preceded her in death.

She had many nieces and nephews. Especially dear and kind to her during her long illness were: Nathan, Hayden and Stephanie Ball, Melissa Ball Covington, Max Maurin, Molly Maurin and Henry, Michael and Maria Aguado.

Audrey was a very loving and kind woman. During her lifetime, she was always willing to give of herself to community efforts, including volunteer reading at grade schools, supporting the Boy Scouts of America or anywhere else she was needed. She was also a long time member of the Red Jacket Kiwanis Club, giving much of herself on a local, state and national level.

She was very inspirational to her children and grandchildren; always encouraging education, love of the arts, and all things natural, cultural and historical. She wanted us to appreciate life and what it had to offer. Until the end, she never lost her sense of wonder, curiosity or creativity. She was a firm believer in God and the many miracles that we could witness Him perform if only we would open our eyes and heart to Him, including the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that meant for her future. While she will always be loved and missed by all those who cared for her, we thank God for her life and the time He gave each of us with her. We thank God for her peaceful passing into His glorious presence.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the First Baptist Church at Varney.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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2012, Ballard, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 14, 2012

Ella Jane Lowe, 84, of Shanklins Ferry Rd., Ballard, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2012 at home. Born October 1, 1927 in McDowell County she was the daughter of the late Andy and Liza Blankenship Lester. Mrs. Lowe was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ, Rich Creek, Va.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lowe; one son, Edward Jay Lowe; one grandson, Roger Lance Lowe; five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include four sons; Quintin Lowe and wife, Michelle Gunnels Lowe of Ballard, W.Va., with whom she made her home; Roger Lowe and wife, June of Fall Branch, Tenn., Alfred Lowe and wife, Lavon "Sissy", and Timothy Lowe and wife, Linda all of Hanover, W.Va.; seven sisters, Zella England of Princeton, W.Va., Ethel Shepherd of Pembroke, Va., Betty Lester of Pontiac, Mich., Rosie Haynes and husband, James of Sweetwater, Tenn., Roxie Cox and husband, Donald of Pinnacle, N.C., Barbara Hunt and husband, Randy of Welch, W.Va., and Brenda Lester Steele of High Point, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews; and numerous friends.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16, 2012 at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, W.Va., with Evangelist Gary Dorm and Evangelist Roger Hazelwood officiating. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Ballard, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

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Paul Douglas Blankenship age 74 of Ballard, WV passed away July 20, 2013 at his residence. Born September 12, 1938 at Man, WV he was the son of the late James Watkins and Marie Margaret Galyean Blankenship.

Paul had worked as an electrician in the Coal Mines. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, racing and woodworking. Paul was known for his homemade instruments and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. What he loved most was spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Brenda Sue Roop Blankenship, four sons, Scott Blankenship of Walhalla, SC, Leslie Blankenship and wife Kim of Kernersville, NC, Boone Blankenship and wife Sara of Cashmere, WV and Adam Blankenship and wife Susan of Ballard, WV, one daughter, Anita Carden and husband Bobby of Peterstown, WV, grandchildren, Jacob and Jonah Carden , Amber McGuire and husband Todd, Evan, Maggie, Emily, Tyler and Leila Blankenship and a great granddaughter, Chloe Carden and two sisters, Allene Hershey and husband Joe of Florida and Bonnie Goans of Ohio.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, WV with Pastor Timmy Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Princeton, WV.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Ballard, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - August 2, 2013

Clara Rosa Spangler Crawford, Ballard, W.Va, Born March 23, 1918 at Lindside, WV she was the daughter of the late Leonard George and Rosa Lee Broyles Spangler.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Clara was a homemaker, worked a small dairy farm, an avid gardener (working with three different garden spots), and in later years worked as a seamstress at Giles Manufacturing in Narrows and Eggleston, VA. She was a member of the Red Sulphur Presbyterian Church, loved to quilt, work puzzles, play bingo and tend to her violets. She was a good cook, often sharing food with friends and family and if she had more produce than she needed, she also shared with others. She was a hard worker often saying "I work harder than anybody."

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Howard W. Crawford in 1977; brothers, Oscar, Roy, L. G. Jr., Raymond and Graydon Spangler; sisters, Glenna Davis, Ada Harvey and Eula Medley.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Thompson and husband Norman of Ballard, WV and Gail McCall of Bluefield, WV; one granddaughter Susan-Rhea Thompson Blankenship and husband Adam; nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Virginia Long of Ballard and brother-in-law, Don Crawford and wife Freda of Lindside, WV.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, WV with Pastor Gene Fullen and Jerry Woodyard officiating. Burial will follow in the Broyles Cemetery, Lindside, WV.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Cashmere, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - July 17, 2012

Wilma Conner Bradley, age 86, of Cashmere, W.Va., went to be with the Lord Jesus, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at home. Born May 25, 1926 in Giles County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Elliot R. and Delilah Shumate Conner.

Wilma was a loving mother and grandmother. She had retired from the Celanese Corp. One of her favorite pastimes was spending time on the farm with her husband. She faithfully attended the Cashmere Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hunter D. Bradley; and two sisters, Louise Blankenship and Ruth Keatley.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Bradley and wife, Amy, and Donny Bradley and wife, Debbie, all of Cashmere, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Matthew and Hunter Bradley, Sara Stauter, James and Rosanna Bradley; and one great-grandchild, Alyssa Hoover.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Offenberger and her grandson, James Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Greenville, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

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Karen Jayne Wickline Bradley Blankenship, age 55. From the river so deep, to the mountain on high, we are saddened by the passing of Karen Jayne Wickline Bradley Blankenship. Karen Jayne passed away unexpectedly at her beloved camp on Indian Creek, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Known as Karen by the Senior Citizens of Monroe County, as Jayne by family and friends, and as Grammy to her dear grandchildren, she will be missed by all. Karen Jayne had a heart of gold, a laugh and a smile that was contagious, and a way about her that made you know she was the person you could always come home to.

Born in Union, WV on March 10, 1957 to Vernon Wickline and Helen Hedrick Wickline Meadows, Karen Jayne lived her entire life in Monroe County, WV. Her parents preceded her in death.

Karen Jayne is survived by her soulmate and husband, Truman Blankenship. The couple was newly married and residing at Wayside, WV. Her daughter, Charity Englehart and husband Deric, gave Karen Jayne two beautiful grandchildren, Karalynn and Eric. They reside at Rock Camp, WV. Her daughter, Helena Bishop and husband Tony, live in Peterstown, WV. Helena gave Karen three precious grandchildren, Donnie, Dustin and Karisa Sebastian. Her life was also blessed by three stepsons and their families, Bruce Blankenship, Dwayne Blankenship and Stacey Lucas. She had three brothers, Kay Wickline of Greenville, WV, Larry Wickline of Wayside, WV, and Benny Wickline of Zenith, WV. She had one sister, Jhanna Jo of Peterstown, WV. Many of her happiest moments included her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends and family will gather at the Lindside Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 and travel to Karen Jayne’s final resting place on Peters Mountain, at Chambers Cemetery. Pastor Alan Hilton will conduct the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peterstown, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 8, 2012

John Edward Lee Turner, 65 of Peterstown, W.Va. passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at his home. Born August 24, 1946 at Weston, W.Va. he was the son of the late Sydney and Alma Dorothy Ables Turner. John was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Wanda Dunn Turner; three sons, Jonathan Turner and fiancé Lisa Thompson, Marcus Turner and Isaac Dunn all of Peterstown, W.Va.; three daughters, Dorothy Blankenship and husband Johnny of South Carolina, Rebecca Pierce and husband Jimmy of Tennessee and Vickie Turner of Peterstown, W.Va.; two brothers, Donald Turner and wife Jeri and Harry Turner of North Carolina; one sister, Opal Cody of Wayside, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.

It was John's wish to be cremated. A Memorial service celebrating John's life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Weatherly officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peterstown, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

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Ruby V. Thompson age 86 of Peterstown, WV formerly of Elyria, OH went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, [Raleigh Co.] WV. Born January 13, 1926 at Fort Gay, WV she was the daughter of the late Charles McKenzie and Ella Crabtree McKenzie Blankenship.

Ruby was a member of the Peterstown United Methodist Church and was active in the Senior Citizen Center at Lindside, WV. While in Elyria she was a member of the First Assembly of God Church for many years, was a volunteer at the Elyria Memorial Hospital and was a member of the YMCA Exercise Group.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jolliffe Maynard Thompson, three sisters, Shirley Blevins, Elizabeth and Opal McKenzie, two brothers, Rev. Charles Wray McKenzie and Franklin Damron and one Daughter Mary Francis Thompson.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Joe Thompson and wife Patricia of Ballard, WV, Jolliffe Michael Thompson of Elyria, OH and William Maynard Thompson and wife Sheryl of Kankakee, IL, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon, OH.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Peterstown, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

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Gloria Virginia Terry age 74 of Peterstown, WV passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born July 13, 1938 at Rock Camp, WV she was the daughter of the late Dexter and Callie Rogers Martin. Gloria was a homemaker and a member of the Peterstown United Methodist Church where she participated in the S.O.S. and the Silver Saints. She was also a member of the “Wednesday Cut-Ups”.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Ira Terry, Sr. and an infant son Curtis Terry, six sisters, Vidella Raines, Louise Hazelwood, Lucille Amos, Joy Amos, Margie Donathon and Isabel Blankenship.

Survivors include two sons, Junior Terry and wife Vivian, Fred D. Terry and wife Lynda, two daughters, Mae Dillon and husband Tommy and Brenda Lively and husband Michael all of Peterstown, WV, one Brother, Claude Martin of Pulaski, VA, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Malick officiating. Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, Lindside, WV. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Peterstown, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

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John Junior Long age 65 of Peterstown, WV passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday, March 7, 2013. Born March 17, 1947 at Wayside, WV he was the son of the late Charlie and Katheryn Long. Johnny had worked for Pulaski Furniture in Dublin.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Ernie Long and his mother in law, Violet Lawson.

Survivors include his loving wife, Linda Long, daughter, Pamela Long of Peterstown, son, Russell Blankenship and wife Jennifer of Peterstown, WV, three brothers, Harold Long of Narrows, Roger Long of Peterstown and Robert Long of Princeton, five sisters, Virginia Meadows of Bozoo, Marie White of Narrows, Brenda Walker of Ballard, Norma Jean Fritz of Peterstown and Carol Long of Union, father in law, Jesse Lawson, sister in law, Grace Ann Long, several nieces and nephews. He was loved very much and will be missed by all.

Graveside services will be 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo, WV with Pastor Michael Biggs officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Sinks Grove, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - September 6, 2013

Delmas Shelly Lusk, 70, of Sinks Grove, formerly of Cyclone, W.Va., was granted his angel wings at 6:57 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Pittsburg, [Allegheny Co.], Pa. following a long illness. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Delmas was of the Baptist faith and was a coal miner for 28 years. He was born November 13, 1942, in Cyclone, a son of the late Creed and Merlie Bailey Lusk.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two sisters Lora and Rosie Lusk; two brothers Roy and Posey Lusk; a daughter Ambara Lusk; father and mother-in-law Herndon P. and Earnie B. Stewart; brothers-in-law Paris and Joseph Stewart; and ex-wife Barbara Lusk.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years Linda Stewart Lusk; five children Belinda (Craig) Cook of Dunbar, Joyce Annette (Bruce) Long of Fredericksburg, Va., Kevin (Robin) Lusk of Van, Shelly (Jeremy) Osborne of Quinwood, and Christopher Lusk and fiancé Morgan McMillion of Weston; nine grandchildren Nicholas (Amber) Cook of Sissonville, Matthew Cook and fiancé Kanisha Blankenship of Beckley, Brandi Long and boyfriend Victor Gallardo of Fredericksburg, Va., Miranda (Ethan) Dietz of Fredericksburg, Va.; David Bruce Long II of Fredericksburg, Va., Shawn Lusk of Marmet, Adrienne Lusk of Van, Tristin Lusk of Van and Brooklynn Osborne of Quinwood; three great grandsons; four siblings Kennis (Imogene) Lusk of Cyclone, Sherdon (Oma) Lusk of Cyclone, Audarene (Arlie) Walls of Oceana, and Eleanor (Earnel) Lusk of Cyclone; other survivors include brothers-in-law Gary (Rhonda) Stewart of Forest Hill, Terry (Nan) Stewart of Spotsylvania, Va., James Stewart of Lexington, N.C. and Anthony (Joyce) Stewart of Oceana; sisters-in-law Brenda (Paul) Harvey of Kopperston and Polly Ann Stewart of Shady Spring; and a host of other loving family and friends. Special thanks to Delmas's niece Jennifer Lambert for her kind consideration.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Cyclone Church of God with Rev. Jackie Lusk officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Union, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - February 4, 2012

Frank W. Arthur, 68, of Union, passed away Thursday morning, February 2, 2012, at his home following a short illness. Mr. Arthur was born at Gap Mills, W.Va., July 3, 1943, a son of the late Marcus Lafette and Gladys Eppling Arthur. He was of the Methodist faith, a former member of the Union Volunteer Fire Department and he was retired employee of Hercules and AET at Covington, Va.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Marcus L. Arthur Jr. and Donnie Arthur.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Ann Boggs Arthur of Union; a son, Steven W. Arthur and wife Cathy of Ronceverte; a daughter, Missy Y. Elmore of Union; five grandchildren, Keith Mann, Craig Mann, Emily Arthur, Santana Elmore and Brice Arthur; three brothers, Richard Arthur and wife Joyce of Knoxville, Tenn., Gene Arthur and wife Carol of Gap Mills, Sam Arthur and wife Carolyn of White Sulphur Springs; a sister, Mary Lou Blankenship and husband Alvin of Gap Mills.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2012, at the Groves Funeral Home in Union with Rev. Eugene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow in the Carmel Cemetery at Gap Mills.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Union, Monroe Co., WV, Obituary

There is another Union in Barbour Co., JIM

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Pauline "Polly" Elizabeth Honaker Taylor, 93, of Union, WV, passed away Friday morning, December 27, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital at Roanoke, Va., following a short illness. Born at Union, WV, April 21, 1920, she was the last surviving child of seven born to Ellis Patton and Sarah Catherine "Kate" Bare Honaker of Alderson.

Polly was an employee of the Monroe County Board of Education for 19 years as a cook and special education teacher's aide at Union Elementary School. She was the first president and member of the Indian Creek Community Club for many years. She also was a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church and a 1940 graduate of Alderson High School.

Polly was married to her husband, Fred Lewis Taylor, I, for 71 years and they lovingly took care of each other and their four children: Nancy Paulette (Robert) Crews of Rock Camp, Beverly Ann (James) Chadwell of Bedford, Va., Fred Lewis (Doris Ann) Taylor, II, of Sinks Grove and Drema Lee Taylor Gautier of Pearisburg, Va.; 7 grandchildren, Robert Don (Eva) Crews, Shannon Taylor Chadwell, Abbey Taylor (Kevin) Blankinship , Chad Lewis (Betsy) Taylor, Casey Lane (Jason) Napier, Jared Wesley Gautier and Tyler Pierson Gautier; 4 great-grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth Crews, Grayson Lewis Taylor, Gabrielle Lynne Taylor and Lilly SarahBeth Napier; a sister-in-law, Betty Sue Taylor Durham of Grafton, Va.; a brother-in-law, Frank Eugene (Bonnie) Taylor of Waldorf, MD; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Polly's life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery at Union. Pallbearers will be Dan Copeland, Steve Martin, John Honaker, Marvin Honaker, Jerry Fullen, Gray Honaker, Freddie Honaker and Bobby Bostic.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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2012, Berkeley Springs, Morgan Co., WV, Obituary

The Morgan Messenger, (Berkeley Springs, WV) - August 31, 2012

Michael Phillip Barkdoll, 71, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, August 20, 2012 at his home. Born May 4, 1941 in Hagerstown, he was the son of Constance Eileen Miller Barkdoll of Carrollton, Ga. and the late Leo Newton Barkdoll. He was of the Protestant faith. He graduated from high school in Osceola, Fla. He served with the U.S. Marines Corps from September 3, 1959 until his honorable discharge on August 30, 1963. He retired as a lineman with Bell South.

In addition to his mother, he is suvived by one son, Anthony Barkdoll, Athens, Ga.; one daughter, Tracie Tooker, Phillips, Maine; one sister, Sharon Blankinship, Hiram, Ga.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Barkdoll.

Services and interment will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Nicholas                                                                                                            

 

2012, Birch River, Nicholas Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - November 15, 2012

Helen B. Holbrook, 93, of Birch River, formerly of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012, at her son's house in Ravenna. She was born April 24, 1919, in Arcola, to the late Fleming and Mary O. (Utt) Barnette. Mrs. Holbook retired in 1981 from the James A. Garfield school district, where she was a second grade teacher, and during World War II she was known as one of the Rosie Riveters.

Survivors include her daughters, Anne (Dahn) Blankenship of Birch River and Charlotte (Fred) Bennett of Cowen; son, Lonnie (Jessica) Holbrook of Ravenna; several grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hersel, in 1976; grandchildren, Danny and Veronica; daughter-in-law, Naomi Holbrook; and, she was last of nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, at Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel, with calling hours from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Ravenna.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Keslers Cross Lanes, Nicholas Co., WV, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - February 7, 2013

Esther Mae Acord, 79, of Keslers Cross Lanes, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 4, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill [Fayette Co., WV]. Born November 21, 1933, at Clendenin, she was the daughter of the late William Arthur and Carrie Huffman Blankenship.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Stanley Acord; one brother, William Hansford Blankenship; and one sister, Florence "Flo" Tucker. She attended the Holy Gospel Church of God at Swiss and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her two sons, Mark Acord and wife, Velma, of Canvas and Blake Acord of Keslers Cross Lanes; three sisters, Ruth Acord of Swiss, Martha McAtee and husband, Donald, of Gauley Bridge and Dolly Treadway and husband, Frank, of Belva; one brother, Woodrow Blankenship and wife, Brenda, of Summersville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 8, at White Funeral Home, Summersville, with Pastor Charles Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in Zoar Church Cemetery, Keslers Cross Lanes.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Mount Lookout, Nicholas Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - May 16, 2012

Paul Campbell Nettles, 58, formerly of Richwood, passed away May 14, 2012, at his home after a brave battle with brain cancer. He was born Oct. 16, 1953, in Oak Hill. He graduated from Richwood High School in 1971 and attended Glenville State College from 1971-1975. In 1976, Paul married his high school sweetheart Debbie Blankenship. Both were from Richwood where they raised their daughters, Jill and Pam. Paul led the life of a committed family man, teacher, coach and friend. He was employed by the Nicholas County Board of Education. He dedicated his life to coaching track, football, basketball, and softball, during which time he touched the lives of many. He was most proud of and instrumental in the RHS football field/track improvement project, which was one of his most successful community/ school endeavors. He quietly led by example leaving a positive, everlasting impact on all those who knew him.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years, Debbie; his daughter Jill and her husband Bob Butcher of Mount Lookout; his daughter Pamela and her fiancé Roberto Gomez of Boston. He also leaves his brothers John and Drew of Virginia, and parents Jean and Lawrence of Richwood. His presence in our lives is a gift we will always be thankful for.

Following his wishes, Paul was cremated. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be Friday, May 18, at Dean Memorial Field in Richwood. Friends can visit the family from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 7 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Nettie, Nicholas Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - June 16, 2012

Glen Allen McClung, 57, of Nettie, formerly of Rupert, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at his home following a long battle with cancer. Born March 4, 1955, in Rainelle, he was the son of Harold Glen McClung of Big Mountain and Mary Helen Blankenship of Crawley.

Glen was a miner with Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Company. He attended Victory Chapel of Leivasy.

He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Dallas Elmore and Clyde Blenden; a niece Michelle Goins, and a really special friend, Paul Belcher and Kelcie Strader.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving fiancée, Pauline Riffle of Nettie; one daughter, Kimberly and Jamie Nichols of Rainelle; three sons, Brian McClung of Rupert, Doodle and Bridgett McClung of Rupert, Michael and Kim McClung of Lewisburg; six sisters, Shelby Goins, Debbie Elmore, Creta and Jim Meadows, Cathy Blenden, Crystal and David Deitz, and Melody and Bill Garner; a brother Kirby and George Ann Blankenship, and six grandchildren, Alex, Taylor, Ashtyn, Raven, Remington and Mahaley; Special step children, Thelma and Kenny Baldwin of Maryland, and Randall and Mindy Riffle of Nettie, and Trelvie Riffle of Craigsville; and step grandchildren, Austin and Alisha Riffle.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Wallace & Wallace chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Bradley Boyce officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Nettie.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Persinger, Nicholas Co., WV, Funeral

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - September 29, 2012

Mable Pearl Blankenship, 70, of Persinger, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Shirley Hellms officiating. Burial will follow in the Cox Cemetery, Birch River.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Swiss, Nicholas Co., WV, Funeral

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - August 18, 2012

Franklin Ray Blankenship, 73 (1939), of Swiss, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug