Wilson Funeral Home

When Harlan and Glenna Wilson opened the doors to their business in 1941, they did so with a pledge to provide Charleston families with the highest-quality service, personal attention and genuine care. From that day on, the staff members of Wilson Funeral Home have continued to uphold and strengthen this reputation for excellence in family care. It is truly a home for families and funerals, where the atmosphere speaks of care and concern for the families we serve. Long known for its impressive architecture and meticulously maintained lawn, the beautiful house, originally built in 1922, at the corner of Lee Street West and Delaware Avenue has become a trusted Charleston tradition. Its quaint wrought-iron fence and five cast-iron yard lamps came from the West Virginia State Capitol building that burned in 1921. The lovely garden fountains and the wide porches with 18 white columns are but simple indications of the beauty that lies within. Inside, visitors will find luxurious furnishings and charming accents rich in history and detail. At the second floor landing, a magnificent 10-foot by 12-foot stained-glass window visible from the majestic Wilson staircase has become a familiar highlight of this tranquil setting. With its marble-top tables, converted oil lamps, platform rocking chairs and large antique wall mirrors, the whole atmosphere speaks of care and concern for the families we serve. The lovely chapel and private family rooms are accessible from an elevator, which is convenient to the parking lot and makes the entire funeral home available to those with special needs. Sitting and arrangement rooms can also be found here. Ample, well-lighted parking and covered entranceways add to the comfort of Wilson's guests. We know the importance of serving families at a time of grief. We're here to listen and provide options to meet your needs. Whether you prefer cremation with a small family gathering or would like a large traditional funeral, you can trust our caring, professional staff to assist you in planning and honoring your final wishes. When the Wilson family opened their funeral home more than 60 years ago, family service was first and foremost on their minds, and we continue that belief today. At Wilson Funeral Home, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. For those who wish to plan their arrangements in advance, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility.


Our Obituaries

Columbus Blevins

May 24, 1923 - July 22, 2015

Columbus “Chris” Blevins, 92, of Charleston, WV, passed through the pearly gates of heaven on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Bellaire at Devonshire, Scott Depot, WV. Chris was born in Big Rock, KY, on May 24, 1923, to Lucy and William Blevins. He enjoyed life in the mountains of Kentucky, singing with family, helping his Grandpa at the grist mill, and learning to drive a bit early on...
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Paul Emerson Carte

August 2, 1939 - June 30, 2015

Paul Emerson Carte, Jr., "Pepper", of Charleston passed away peacefully at home on June 30. Paul was born in Coshocton , OH, moved to Charleston in his youth, graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School, where he excelled in both academics and sports. He attended West Liberty University and West Virginia University. He spent the majority of his professional career In the insurance...
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Loretta May Ecker

January 6, 1931 - June 26, 2015

Loretta May Ecker, 84 of Charleston died peacefully in her sleep on June 26, 2015 in Charleston, WV after a long illness.Loretta was born in Charleston, WV to Willard & Sylvia Miller Burdette on January 6, 1931. She attended Stonewall Jackson High School graduating in 1948.Loretta worked for many years as a legal secretary for a law firm and served as Secretary to Circuit Judge Oden Goshorn,...
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Mollie Milton Moorhead

June 22, 1952 - June 22, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Mary Katherine Jackson

October 10, 1944 - June 21, 2015

Mary Katherine Jackson, 70, of Charleston, WV, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Hubbard House Hospice after a long illness. She is survived by her loving mother, Mary Jean Jackson of Charleston; aunt Hazel Miller of Wilmington, NC; uncle Wayne Dawson (Carolyn) of Pinch; several cousins; and long-time friend, Tom Hone of Arlington, VA. She was preceded in death by her father, Afton K....
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Edith Rhule Jennings

April 21, 1932 - June 12, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Shirley Williamson Jarrell

May 19, 1935 - June 6, 2015

Shirley Williamson Jarrell went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 6, 2015. She was born May 19, 1935 in Beardsfork, Fayette County, WV. She was the daughter of Leroy and Helen Williamson. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Gary. She is survived by her loving husband Charlie of 59 years, daughter Kim Amerson (Ben) of Sandersville GA, son Kevin of Atlanta, GA, sister...
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Katherine Virginia Wells

October 22, 1938 - June 4, 2015

Katherine "Katie" Burd Wells, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the age of 76, after a long illness.She was born Oct. 22, 1938, in Wheeling, the daughter of the late Russell C. and Madelyn Burd. Her family moved to Charleston when she was a young child, graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School Class of 1956.She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Wells...
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Beatrice Kay Foreman

September 25, 1952 - May 28, 2015

Beatrice “Kay” Foreman, 62, of Charleston passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 after a short illness.She was born September 25, 1952 in Charleston the daughter of Jack Smithers of Florida and the late Irene Sanders Smithers.Survivors include one daughter, Shannon L. Quinn of Charleston, granddaughter Lexi Quinn and grandson Sean Quinn, one sister, Becky Grogg of Mullens, one brother...
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Nancy BALDWIN

December 9, 1954 - May 19, 2015

Nancy Jane Baldwin “Nan Nan”, 60, of Charleston went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her son, Dusty, on May 19, 2015 at 5:30 A.M. She passed away surrounded by her loved ones at CAMC Memorial after a short illness.She was the youngest of seven brothers and a sister and the daughter of the late Theodore and Margaret Baldwin. She was born and raised in Charleston, WV...
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Evelyn D. Luoni

November 21, 1929 - May 14, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Phyllis Jean Rutledge

March 11, 1932 - May 1, 2015

The Honorable Phyllis J. Rutledge died at Dunbar Health Care Friday, May 1, 2015. She had turned 83 years old on March 11th of this year.Phyllis first started her political career as a Committeewoman in the early 1960’s. She later was elected as an Honorable WV House of Delegate from Kanawha County from 1968-1972, and again from 1988-1994. She was Speaker Pro Tempore during the 71st...
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Sara Jane Bell

March 2, 1961 - April 27, 2015

Sara Bell, of Charleston passed away Monday, April 27, 2015.She was born March 2, 1961 and was preceded in death by her grandparents Emory Clyde Pauley and Dessie L. (Hunt) Pauley; Boyd H. Morris and Icy Pearl (Teel) Morris; and her father Fred Pauley.She is survived by her mother Jewell Dean (Morris) Pauley; her husband Vernon Bell; her children Matthew and Ashley Dayhaw; her brother Andrew...
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Pat Pat Barton

September 13, 1925 - April 26, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Chad Hunter Fortney

July 18, 1988 - April 25, 2015

Chad Hunter Fortney passed away suddenly on April 25, 2015. He was residing in Florida. He was born July 18, 1988 in Nashville, TN. Raised in Charleston, WV. He attended George Washington High School and West Virginia State College where he was on the golf team. Chad was an exceptional athlete and loved skateboarding. He was a loving son and brother and a sweet, kind, and funny person. Chad had...
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Drewzella Drewzella Davis

July 10, 1921 - April 23, 2015

Drewzella Davis, 93, of Charleston formerly of Eskdale, where she lived for many happy years, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.She was born July 10, 1921 a daughter of the late William Cullie and Meda Carpenter. She was also preceded in death by her husband Lacy Davis, two brothers, Sam and Harry Carpenter.Drewzella was a homemaker. She led an active and full life....
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Anna Meade Barton

August 4, 1921 - April 22, 2015

Anna Meade Barton 93, wife of Robert S. Barton for thirty years, died on April22, 2015 in Plano, TX. She was the daughter of William Meade Lawson and Ethel Bivens Lawson. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson Jr. High and Charleston High and then attended Morris Harvey College. In addition to the Kanawha Co. Area, she also lived in Baytown, TX; Spring Branch, TX; Ashland, KY; Richmond, KY; and...
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Annabelle Lee Tucker

July 26, 1928 - April 17, 2015

Annabelle L. Tucker, 86, of Charleston, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 17, 2015, after a short illness.She was born July 26, 1928, in Charleston a daughter of the late Leondias and Artie Harper. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Tucker.Annabelle was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School. She was school bus driver for Kanawha County Schools, a member of Bible Center...
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Helen Musser

December 23, 1924 - April 12, 2015

On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Helen W. Musser died peacefully at home, at age 90, predeceased by her husband of 56 years Harry P. Musser, Jr. She was mother of David W. (Deborah) Musser, John (Kerry) Musser, Mark (Joyce) Musser, and Mary Beth (Mickey) Moore. She was also survived by 5 grandchildren. Helen was born in Suffolk, VA on Dec. 23, 1924 and was a 1947 alumna of Randolph Macon Woman's...
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Joyce Sue Hoover

December 26, 1936 - March 26, 2015

Joyce Sue Hoover, beloved mother, grandmother and sister was placed into an elite protection agency called Heaven on March 26, 2015. Upon arrival in Heaven a welcoming party commenced which included her mother and father (Roy and Tressie Dodd) her brother (Glenn Dodd) sister (Garnet Wilson), Aunt (Laura Hunt) and Actor John Wayne (she was his number one fan) and many other family and friends...
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Carole S. Grandal

July 21, 1937 - March 24, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Marian Elizabeth Dawson

February 15, 1935 - March 20, 2015

Marian Elizabeth Dawson of Charleston, WV, daughter of the late Cecil and Margaret MacDonald, passed away peacefully at home on March 20, 2015 after a long illness. Marian is survived by her husband of 56 years, David Dawson of Charleston and her children Karen Dawson Sisser and husband Marc of Dunbar, Stephen Dawson and wife Janet of Vinton, Virginia and Teresa Dawson Einreinhofer of Charleston;...
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Joseph Lewis Kates

July 8, 1946 - March 19, 2015

Joseph L. “Pops” Kates, 68, of Charleston passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at his home.He was born July 8, 1946 a son of the late E.Z. Baskin and Mildred Lucille Kates Pearson.Joseph was a retired carpenter. He was a US Army veteran having served in the Vietnam War.Surviving is his loving wife of 41 years, Dreama, two daughters, Gypsy Robinson of OH, Melissa Johnson of Ca, one...
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Charles Lee Vance

April 7, 1929 - March 13, 2015

Charles L. Vance, Sr., 85, of Charleston, passed away on Friday, March 13.He was the son of Jesse Lee and Mary Catherine Vance. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jeanie Vance, and brothers Russell and William Vance. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice Hunt Vance, brother Harry (Berneda) Vance, brother-in-law Richard Hunt, sister-in-law Wilma Vance, his children Mary...
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Larry Lee Dawson

June 1, 1946 - March 13, 2015

Larry Lee Dawson, 68, of Dunbar, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2015 following a long illness.Larry was born June 1st, 1946, the son of the late Inas and Lawnie Dawson. Larry grew up in Charleston and was a 1964 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School.Larry spent more than thirty years in the banking industry, most notably as the President of Wesbanco South Hills. For the last fourteen...
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Jeanetta Kathleen Porter

April 2, 1920 - February 26, 2015

Jeanetta K. Porter of Charleston went to her final Home on Feb. 26 just 5 weeks shy of her 95th birthday.This amazingly strong woman left a legacy of faith, courage and determination in the face of adversity and loss to all who survive her.She was born the youngest of six children to William and Victoria Eggleston and survived by several years her siblings, Paul, Franklin, Beulah, Edward and...
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Frances Elizabeth Groves

September 8, 1920 - February 25, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Charles Wayne Lewis

October 27, 1935 - February 21, 2015

Charles "Chuck" W. Lewis at age 79 went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2015. He passed away quietly and peacefully at his home in Charleston with is wife and two daughters present. He was born in Bluefield, Tazewell County, Virginia. He was the son of Harold Raymond Lewis and Mildred French. He was preceded in Death by both parents, a brother, Bernard Ray Lewis and son, Anthony ...
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Gerald Wayne Humphreys

July 15, 1948 - February 17, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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Dorothy Helen Hill

April 4, 1928 - February 8, 2015

Dorothy Hill, 86, of South Charleston passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Marmet Center.She was born April 14, 1928 a daughter of the late Everett W. White and Ruth M. Wheaton White. She was preceded in death by her husband Sherman Hill.Dorothy was a member of Central United Methodist Church for over 40 years and a member of the United Methodist Women.She is survived by several nieces and...
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Joseph Samuel Martin

February 9, 1975 - February 8, 2015

Joseph Samuel “Joe” Martin died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 8, 2015 in Huntington, West Virginia at the age of 39. Joe is survived by his mother, Jean Ann Levinson and father David Levinson of Moore, South Carolina; and his sister Jan Levinson Hebbard of Athens, Georgia. He is preceded in death by his father Ralph Martin of Logan, West Virginia. Joe was born on a snowy day,...
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Joseph T. Joseph

November 29, 1924 - February 8, 2015

Joe Joseph, 90, passed away February 8, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital after a short illness with his family at his side. Joe was born on November 29, 1924 to Thomas and Philomen Joseph. He lost his father at an early age and his uncle, Peter Joseph, assumed the father figure role in his life. Joe grew up in St. Albans and South Charleston and graduated from Charleston Catholic High School....
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Sharon Fay Fouts

November 25, 1944 - February 6, 2015

Sharon F. Fouts, 70, of Alum Creek passed away Friday, February 6, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House.She was born November 25, 1944 a daughter of the late Roy and Virginia Morris Peters. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Wayne Fouts, and one son Steve Fouts.Sharon was a 1962 graduate of Duval High School and was retired from the YWCA with 30 years of service. After retiring, she...
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Anita Arbutus Pennington

February 16, 1922 - February 6, 2015

Anita Arbutus Atkinson Pennington, 92, of Charleston passed away on February 6, 2015, after a long illness. She is survived by her children, sons, Glen Eugene Pennington, Jr. and his wife Diane of Charleston, WV, Eric Wayne Pennington and his wife Linda of Keansburg, NJ, Warren Lee Pennington and his wife Christy of Sissonville, WV, and Joseph Pennington and his wife Anita Ann of Charleston, WV;...
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Monta Gregorich Clingenpeel

November 7, 1926 - February 1, 2015

Monta Gregorich Clingenpeel (Molly), 88 passed away at Hubbard Hospice House on February 1st after a long illness. Molly was born on November 7th, 1926 in Richwood, WV and grew up in Swandale, WV where she graduated from Clay County High School. After attending nursing school at Charleston General Hospital, Molly served as a registered nurse at the DuPont Belle facility, the Charleston Memorial...
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Barbara Faye Coleman

February 8, 1938 - February 1, 2015

Barbara Faye Coleman, 76, of Charleston passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital.She was born February 8, 1938 in Kenna, WV a daughter of the late George B. White and Emma E. Bailey White. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Darlene Coleman Smith, brothers, Elmer, and George Wesley White.Survivors include adopted mom Juanita Rhodes of Charleston, one son, Larry A....
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Ann Margaret Baughan

November 28, 1967 - January 15, 2015

Ann Margaret Snyder Baughan, 47, of Parkersburg, passed away Jan. 15, 2015, at her home after a 10-year battle against breast cancer. She was born Nov. 28, 1967, in Parkersburg, a daughter of the late James. B. and Lana Rawson Snyder. Ann was a deaconess and member of North Parkersburg Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Parkersburg High School, West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she was a...
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Della Mae Warden

August 17, 1932 - January 4, 2015

Della Mae Warden, 82, of Charleston passed away Sunday, January 04, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House.She was born August 17, 1932 in Fayette County a daughter of the late Lou Vernon Bennett and Hester Gallimore Bennett. She was also preceded in death by her husband Daniel Guy Warden, son, Danny Lee Warden, and granddaughter Jennifer April Harracks.She is survived by her son William G. Warden and...
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Roger H. Lewis

October 3, 1930 - December 14, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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John Daniel Price

May 25, 1948 - November 24, 2014

John Daniel Price (Dan), 66, of New Orleans formerly of Charleston entered into eternal rest November 24, 2014.He was born May 25, 1948 in Charleston, a son of the late Maxie R. and Eileen B. Price. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Tammy Lynn Price, two brothers, Max Richard Price, and Francis Morris Price (Frank).John retired from the Kroger Corporation Warehouse located in Kanawha...
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Julia Pauline Kelly

November 8, 1930 - November 18, 2014

Julia Pauline Kelly died on November 18, 2014.She was born November 8, 1930 in Raleigh County, WV a daughter of the late Robert Leamon Peters and Dollie Board Peters. She was also preceded in death by her husband James Kelly and brothers Elwood and Ray Peters.She is survived by her son Dr. Greg Kelly (Cassie) of Scott Depot, and sisters Corinne Cole (Bob) of Bensalem, PA, Lois Thornton of...
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Dianne Patricia Workman

March 5, 1951 - November 7, 2014

Dianne P. Workman, 63, of Ripley, formerly of Charleston, passed away Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 after a long-term illness.She graduated from Charleston High School in 1969. She retired from Union Carbide, now Dow Chemical, as a safety administrator in 2001. Dianne was a proud 16-year breast cancer survivor.Dianne was the ultimate pet lover; the only thing she loved more than her dogs were her...
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Glen E. Pennington

September 20, 1925 - November 5, 2014

Glen Eugene Pennington, 89, of Charleston passed away on November 5, 2014, after a long illness. Glen is survived by his eternal companion Anita Arbutus Atkinson Pennington; his children, sons, Glen Eugene Pennington, Jr. of Charleston, WV, Eric Wayne Pennington of Keansburg, NJ, Warren Lee Pennington of Sissonville, WV, and Joseph Pennington of Charleston, WV; daughter Anita Lynne Pennington of...
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Joann Robinson

August 13, 1929 - October 23, 2014

Our beloved mother and wife, Joann Adams Robinson passed away at home on October 23, 2014 after a long illness.Born in Clay County, West Virginia on August 13, 1929, she met her husband of 68 years at the Barlow Skating Rink. Daughter of the late Mary and Bruce Adams, she was the proud mother to Jeanne, Becky and Joe. Her sweet and loving spirit was the bedrock of our family. She was a charter...
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Kenneth A. Shaw

September 12, 1934 - October 19, 2014

Colonel Kenneth (Ken) Alden Shaw (Ret.) passed away on October 19, 2014 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80 years old. Ken is survived by his wife Gayle Twigger-Shaw; his sisters Katherine Bowns of Tampa, FL and Nancy Burns of Ashville, NC; his children, daughters Janie Frist (Moe) of Morgantown, WV, Juli Seaman (Steve) of Leesburg, VA and Carolyn Yost (Brian) of...
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Diana O. Halkias

August 9, 1935 - October 17, 2014

Diana O. Halkias, 79, of Charleston, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital, after a long illness.She was born August 9, 1935, in Aliquippa, Pa., a daughter of the late Vasilios Orfanon and Evangelia Tsoukas Orfanon. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Despina Pihiou; and one brother, Emmanual Orfanon.Diana was a devoted member of St. John Greek Orthodox Church,...
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Elsie Marie Reed

April 2, 1930 - October 8, 2014

Elsie Marie Reed, 84, of Marmet passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House.She was born April 2, 1930 in Kayford, WV a daughter of the late Charles R. Snyder and Artie Jane Atkins Snyder. She was also preceded in death by her husband Paul R. Reed, Sr., four brothers and two sisters.Elsie was a 1948 graduate of Charleston High School and retired from the State of West...
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Twila Smith Mynhier

February 11, 1933 - October 8, 2014

Twila S. Mynhier, 81, of Charleston, passed away during surgery on Oct. 8, 2014 at CAMC Memorial.She was born Feb. 11, 1933 on Storeys Run, Cheshire, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Geraldine Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Dusty Myers, all of Charleston; and stepson, David Mynhier of Florida.Surviving are her husband, Gene; brothers, James and wife, Julia,...
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Ernest James Devol

October 2, 2014

Ernest James Devol of Charleston West Virginia went home to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior on October 2, 2014. He was born in Parkersburg on July 12, 1941, the son of James and Josephine Flinn Devol. He was a graduate of Parkersburg High School class of 1959 where he played varsity football and was on the wrestling team. He received undergraduate and Masters degrees from Marshall University,...
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Frances Rose Lacaria

April 30, 1921 - September 27, 2014

Frances R. Lacaria, 93, of Charleston, recently of Somerville, Massachusetts, died suddenly on September 27, 2014.She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Lacaria of Charleston. Loving mother of Patricia A. Gaeta and her husband Neil of Medford, Massachusetts, and Thomas A. Lacaria II and his wife Christine of Gilbert, Arizona. Devoted grandmother of Caroline, Domenic, Thomas, Mary,...
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Betty Lou Smith

April 19, 1935 - September 23, 2014

Betty Lou Smith, 79, of Charleston passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Division after a long illness. Born on April 19, 1935 she was the daughter of Howard Madison and Eunice Beatrice Patton Smith. She was a graduate of Charleston High School and was employed by Western Southern Insurance and Life of Virginia Insurance, from which she retired in 1993 after a 28 year...
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Barbara Ann Bossardt

January 13, 1943 - September 16, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home, CHARLESTON, WV.
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James Sayre Stevens

December 26, 1931 - September 15, 2014

James "Jim" Stevens, Sr. 82, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House on Monday Sept. 15, 2014. He was the born in Charleston WV on Dec.26, 1931, the son of the late E.K. Stevens and Virginia C. Stevens. He was also preceded in death by one brother John Allen Stevens. Jim graduated from Charleston High, class of 1950. He served with the US Army and graduated from West Virginia University....
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Mary Caroline Wooddell

May 4, 1923 - September 10, 2014

Mary Caroline (Tine) Evans Wooddell, 91, of Charleston passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014.She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Lee Wooddell and son Charles Jr. her parents Russell Mahan Evans and Mary Alice Davis Evans.She was a member of several organizations; among them Summit Garden Club, Daughters of American Revolution, and First Presbyterian Church. She served as...
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Barbara M. Hodgson

January 19, 1926 - September 3, 2014

Barbara Bennett Hodgson, 88, of Charleston passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Edgewood Summit.She was born January 19, 1926 in Fayetteville, WV a daughter of the late Herbert H. and Clara Mae Settle Bennett. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph E. Hodgson, her sister Dorothy M. Derr, and her brother George Edward Bennett.Barbara was a 1944 graduate of Fayetteville High School...
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Barbara Ann Carey

October 1, 1942 - August 30, 2014

Barbara Ann Carey, 71, of Charleston passed away after a short illness on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.She was born Oct. 1, 1942, in Boone County, a daughter of the late Maxie L. and Ruby J. Henley Green. She was also preceded in death by her brother Wayne Green and her sister, Frankie L. Warfield.Barbara was a 1960 graduate of Dupont High School, and later attended...
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James Houston McKinney

March 12, 1943 - August 17, 2014

James (Jimmy) H. McKinney, 71, of Cross Lanes passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his residence.He was born March 12, 1943 a son of the late James H. McKinney, Sr. and Ida Mae Latlip McKinney Dent. He was also preceded in death by his wife Mary Lee McKinney.Jimmy was a 1962 graduate of Charleston Catholic High School. He was also a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War, a...
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Phyllis Jean Taylor

October 14, 1929 - August 13, 2014

Jean B. Taylor, a native Charlestonian, passed away on August 13, 2014 after a short illness. She was born October 14, 1929 to Ila Carson and Clifford C Bower. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Eugene D. Taylor, brothers Clifford C. Bower Jr. (Clayton) and J. William Bower (Bill). Surviving are children Lisa L. Moore (Joe) and Douglas P. Taylor (Melinda)...
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Thelma L. Anania

December 22, 1933 - August 2, 2014

Thelma L. Anania, 80, of Charleston passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Oak Ridge Center.She was born December 22, 1933 in Davin a daughter of the late Hugh Lusk and Irma Harless Ashley. She was also preceded in death by her husband Joseph Anania.Thelma was a 1951 graduate of Man High School where she was a National Honor Student and very active in her alumni association. She and her...
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Betty Lou Price

October 12, 1934 - July 20, 2014

Betty Lou Price, 79, of Charleston passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.She was born October 12, 1934 in Dille a daughter of the late Levi Earl Martin and Dessie Lawson Martin. She was also preceded in death by two husbands Bob Hunt, and Ercelle Price, two sisters, Lorene Campbell, and Violet Whysel.Betty was retired from C&P Telephone Company after working 36 ½...
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Deborah Brown Williams

October 13, 1949 - July 16, 2014

Deborah Brown Williams, 64, of Charleston, WV died peacefully Wednesday, July 16, 2014, after a five year battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, at the Hubbard Hospice House surrounded by her loving family and friends. Debbie was a 1967 graduate of Charleston High School and a 1971 graduate of Morris Harvey College. She was a retired elementary school teacher from Kanawha County Schools. Debbie was a...
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Mary Louise Maroney

December 14, 1922 - June 24, 2014

Mary Louise Callison Maroney died on Tuesday, June 24th after a short illness.Mary Lou was born in Corliss, WV, in Fayette County, on December 14th, 1922 to Myrth and Stella Amick Callison. She graduated from East Bank High school in 1942. After high school while working for the local coal company president, Mary Lou was recruited to Detroit to work on airplanes during World War II as one of the...
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Margaret Lynn Finney

February 1, 1945 - June 22, 2014

Margaret Lynn VanCleve Finney of Charleston lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, June 22, 2014. She is survived by her mother Frances Jenkins VanCleve of Charleston, daughters Darlene Lowery of South Charleston & Debbie Carroll (Fred) of Hurricane; her grandchildren Russell Carroll, Norah Carroll and Liam Carroll of Hurricane; Brothers Russell VanCleve (Kathy) of Newport Beach, CA and John...
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John Arthur Jenkins

August 2, 1925 - June 17, 2014

John A. Jenkins, 88, of Charleston passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at CAMC Memorial.John served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He retired from Union Carbide in 1987 with 42 years of service. John was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene since 1959, serving on the Board and teaching Sunday school. He also served on the WV South Camp Board for many years.John was preceded in death...
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James Salisbury

June 22, 1923 - June 7, 2014

James Salisbury,Jr., 90, of Morgantown and formerly Charleston passed on June 7, 2014, in Morgantown. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Peggy and his loving family, nephew, Howard Salisbury and wife , Patti of Charleston, nieces, Jo Anne Salisbury of Manassas Park,Va, Helen Kelly and husband, Steve of Lexington, Ky, and Jeanette Stepp of Irmo, South Carolina. Great nephews, Carey Kelly and...
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Elizabeth Ann Cowgill

February 23, 1952 - June 2, 2014

Elizabeth Ann Cowgill, 62, died on June 2, 2014 at The Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV. She had been dealing with melanoma for many years; it moved to her bloodstream in 2010, creating ongoing complications to her everyday living. She rarely complained and only her closest friends knew she had any problems whatsoever. Libby had such a strong resolve, living her life and work to nearly...
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Helen Louise Boggess

August 13, 1930 - May 17, 2014

Helen Louise Carte Boggess of Charleston, WV passed away on Saturday May 17th at Oakridge Rehabilitation Center following a short illness. Born Helen Louise Carte on August 13, 1931 in Elkview, WV. She was the daughter of the Late Homer Lawrence Carte and Ica Lenore Sutton Carte, also of Elkview. She graduated from Elkview High School in 1948. Helen was formerly employed at Equitable Life...
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Ilema June Morgan

June 30, 1926 - May 14, 2014

  Ilema June (Blackie) Morgan died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Dunbar Care and Rehab Center, Dunbar, WV after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Ilema was born on June 30, 1926, the third child of Samuel and Garnet Saloum, who preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by brothers, Sam Saloum, Jr and Charles Saloum; and sister, Elizabeth Waldron. She is...
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Elizabeth Jarrell

July 22, 1921 - May 11, 2014

Elizabeth (Dominion) Jarrell of Charleston passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at CAMC General Division. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Della Dominion and also preceded in death by four brothers, Herman, Carl V., Joe, and Raymond Dominion, and one sister, Louise Fraley. Elizabeth was retired from The Kroger Company after 37 years of service.  Survivors include her sister in law,...
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Joanne Marie Flaherty

October 25, 1957 - May 5, 2014

Joanne M. Flaherty, 56, of Dunbar passed away Monday, May 5, 2014 at Thomas Memorial Hospital. She was born October 25, 1957 a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Mary Anne Flaherty.  She was also preceded in death by her brother E.J. Flaherty. Joanne was a graduate of Charleston High School and attended West Virginia University. She had worked for General Seafood and Simpson Family for 20...
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Mildred Lucille McCarty

December 31, 1924 - April 29, 2014

Mildred L. (Walker) McCarty, 89, of Charleston passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Pawleys Island, South Carolina. She was born December 31, 1924 at Nutter Fort, WV a daughter of the late William Gilbert and Nettie Jean Walker. She was also preceded in death by her husband William H. McCarty and 13 brothers and sisters. Mildred was retired from Galperin Jewelry after 30 years of service. ...
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Robert Burns Orders, Sr.

January 9, 1932 - April 22, 2014

Robert Burns Orders Sr., 82, of Charleston, WV and Sarasota, FL went to sleep peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday April 22, 2014. He was born January 9, 1932 in Kermit, WV. He was the son of the late James William and Janie Orders. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Wright. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Susan Ball Orders, brother, Reverend James William Jr....
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Joseph Flintlock Perry, Jr.

August 1, 1924 - April 7, 2014

Joseph F. Perry, Jr., 89, died on April 7, 2014 after a short illness. He was born on August 1, 1924 and was predeceased by his parents Joseph F. Perry, Sr. and Mary McClure Perry. His grandparents were the late T.E. Perry, found of Perry Awning Company, his wife Ida and the late Emory McClure and his wife Jessie. He is survived by his children: Joseph F. Perry, III and his spouse Scott...
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Vincent William Smolder

January 29, 1923 - April 2, 2014

Vincent William Smolder Vincent William Smolder, 91, of Kenna, WV, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Hubbard House in Charleston. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Delsie Lee, son, Stephen Vincent Smolder, parents, William and Margaret Smolder, brothers, Edward and Clement and sisters, Rita Bailey and Catherine Smith. He was a proud US Army veteran of World War II...
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Elouise Mae Cutlip

June 4, 1920 - March 7, 2014

Elouise M. Cutlip, 93, passed away March 7, 2014 at Edgewood Arthur B. Hodges Center. Elouise was a quilter, artist, gardener, and volunteered at Braxton County Memorial Hospital for several years. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Burdette Cutlip and her Mother and Father, Perry and Gertrude Spaur. She was raised on Cedar Creek, but in the early years of their marriage she and...
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James Frank White

July 16, 1926 - February 27, 2014

James F. (Bianco) White, 87, of Charleston passed away peacefully Thursday, February 27, 2014. He was born July 16, 1926 in Dorothy a son of the late Tony Bianco and Pearl Zucconi Bianco White. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife Betty White, and one sister Anna Sirianni. James attended Charleston Catholic High School, and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston. ...
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Maria Jose O'Dell

April 24, 1935 - February 18, 2014

Maria Jose O'Dell, 78, of Cross Lanes, died peacefully at the Hubbard Hospice House on February 18, 2014, after bravely battling cancer for 10 years. She was born April 24, 1935, in Menias Gerais, Brazil, to Fares and Wadiha Neccuzi, the youngest of four children. Following the death of her parents, she and her siblings immigrated to Charleston in 1949, where they had and nurtured, a large,...
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Jeffrey Alan Martin

July 13, 1972 - January 28, 2014

Jeff A. Martin, 41, of Charleston passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at his home. Jeff was a 1991 graduate of George Washington High School. Surviving are his parents Ron and Dianna Martin of South Charleston, one brother, Eric Martin and his wife Casey of South Charleston, one niece whom he dearly loved, Whitney Martin, paternal grandmother Vesta Martin of Charleston, one Aunt Susie Melick...
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Opal Fay Pennington

April 17, 1924 - January 28, 2014

Our beloved Mother, Granny, and Sister, Opal Cobb Pennington, 89, of Charleston, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. She was born April 17, 1924, in Belgrove, West Virginia. Opal was preceded in death by her husband Albert "Koots" Pennington, her grandson Nicholas Ray Pennington, and siblings Dessie Smith, Dorothy Pennington, and Robert Cobb. She was the...
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Mildred Knight Compton

July 31, 1921 - January 26, 2014

Mildred Knight Compton, 92 of Charleston, died Sunday, January 26, after a short illness. She was born in Whittaker, WV on July 31, 1921 to the late Earl and Helen Knight. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles H. Compton, sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and James Patterson, Anna and Daryl Williams, Jim Pryce, and brother Earl Knight. Mildred is...
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Charlotte Gunter

November 9, 1931 - January 20, 2014

Charlotte D. Gunter, 82, of Charleston passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House. She was born November 9, 1931 in Cheshire, OH a daughter of the late Bert and Cora Scott. Charlotte was a homemaker and member of Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Charleston. She was a devoted stay at home mother, and loving wife. Surviving is her husband of 63 years Frank Gunter, one...
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Harry Nathan Casto

May 12, 1929 - January 17, 2014

Harry Nathan Casto, a lifelong resident of Charleston, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014, in the warmth and comfort of his home. Harry was born in 1924, the son of Dwight and Mary Grady Casto. He graduated from Charleston High School, where he was an all star football and basketball player. He served in Japan in World War II and while on leave in 1945, married his high school...
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David Paul Cleek

April 27, 1947 - January 8, 2014

David Paul Cleek, 66, of Hurricane, West Virginia, died after a short illness. He was a retired attorney, having graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1973. He graduated from Marshall University in 1969. As an attorney, he tried numerous criminal and civil cases throughout West Virginia, and did a considerable amount of appellate work, including arguing in front of the...
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David M. Keightley

June 3, 1955 - January 3, 2014

David M. Keightley, 58, of Charleston passed away Friday, January 03, 2014 at CAMC General. He was born June 3, 1955 in Charleston, a son of the late William "Bill" and Gloria Burns Keightley. David was a graduate of George Washington High School, and attended Morris Harvey College. He worked in sales all of his life. He is survived by several cousins. Friends may visit with the family...
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Ray Brawley Tracy

June 6, 1929 - December 20, 2013

R. Brawley Tracy, born June 6, 1929, in Charleston, West Virginia, son of the late Ray A. and Julia Brawley Tracy, died December 20, 2013, at The Hubbard House after a short illness. Brawley was a descendant of two early Kanawha County settlers, Moses Keeney, in Cabin Creek District, and the Reverend John Snyder, an ordained Methodist minister, in Big Sandy District. Brawley graduated...
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Deborah Anne Baker

September 14, 1949 - December 18, 2013

Deborah A. Baker, 64, of Charleston passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013. She was born September 14, 1949 in Charleston a daughter of the late George and Dorothy A. Wheeler Lette. She was also preceded in death by her brother Gary Lette, and best friend Cora King. She was a graduate from St. Albans High School and lived in St. Albans, and Charleston her adult life. Debbie enjoyed the...
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Shirley Rice Lewis

June 6, 1922 - December 15, 2013

Shirley Rice Lewis, 91, of Charleston passed away at Hubbard Hospice House on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Shirley was a resident of Charleston and attended Charleston High School and Morris Harvey College. She was a lifelong supporter of Charleston Area Medical Center and the University of Charleston and loved playing golf and bridge with family and friends. She is survived by her loving...
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Vellora Deane Cowgill

January 5, 1926 - December 1, 2013

Vellora Deane Cowgill, 87, of Charleston passed away surrounded by her family Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Hubbard Hospice House. She was born January 5, 1926, to the late Charles and Anna Jones. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 63 years, Ralph Richard Cowgill. Mrs. Cowgill is survived by her children, Richard Dean Cowgill, Candace Adams Strader and Ralph David...
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Richard Albert Gardner

November 4, 1923 - November 19, 2013

Dr. Richard Albert Gardner, 90, of Charleston went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Meadowbrook Acres after a long life. Born November 4, 1923 in Charleston, he was the son of the late May Henderson Gardner and Albert Gardner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Kessell Gardner; brother, William H. Gardner; sister, Mary...
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James Dhugal Pryce

January 14, 1933 - November 9, 2013

James D. Pryce Jim Pryce, 80, of South Charleston, passed away suddenly at home on November 9, 2013. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 14, 1933, the son of the late John and Dorlena Pryce. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue Knight Pryce, special nephew William (Cyd) Dearien, sisters-in-law Mildred Compton and Betty Knight; niece Rebecca Parsley, nephews, Jay (Kristen)...
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Esther Eloise Yanov

December 17, 1921 - November 6, 2013

Esther Eloise Yanov, 91, of Charleston passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Valley Center Nursing Home. She was born December 17, 1921 in Sandyville a daughter of the late Romey and Martha Stalnaker. She was preceded in death by her husband John Yanov. She is survived by three sons, John Yanov and wife Pat of Dunbar, Charles "Chuck" Yanov and wife Linda of Charleston, William "Bill"...
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Garnet G. (Genny) Ramsey

April 30, 1927 - November 1, 2013

Garnet G. (Genny) Ramsey, 86, of Kanawha City passed away peacefully Friday, November 1, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. She was born April 30, 1927 in Marmet a daughter of the late Jack L. and Allie Walls Sutphin. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Georgia Brown, Marguerite Beverage, and Nellie Shock, three brothers Richard, Paul, and Raymond Sutphin. Genny was a graduate...
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William Newton Shearer III

April 30, 1952 - October 22, 2013

William "Bill" N. Shearer III, 61, of Charleston passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at CAMC Memorial Division. He was born April 30, 1952 in Roanoke, Va a son of William N. Shearer, Jr. of Charleston and the late Ruth Preston Shearer. Surviving is his loving wife of 30 years, Dawn Shearer, one daughter Erika Schrader and husband Shawn of Charleston, two granddaughters, Aubrey and Bailey...
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C Mitchell Bourne

October 25, 1947 - October 20, 2013

C. Mitchell Bourne, 65, of Charleston and Greenbrier County died suddenly, Sunday, October 20th at his Charleston home. He is survived by sisters, Andrea and Beverley, brothers-in-law, Phillip L. Gainer and Walter A. Kellogg, along with son, Shawn and one grandson Elwood Bourne, and devoted friends Cornelia and Jamie LeFevre. Mr. Bourne was a retired West Virginia Liquor Commission employee...
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John Motley Carte

July 21, 1923 - October 3, 2013

John Motley Carte passed away at Hubbard House on October 3, 2013 at age 90. The son of Virgil and Elizabeth Carte, he was born on Fort Hill in Charleston just a few minutes after the birth of his identical Twin, Jack. He would go on to attend Charleston High School and graduate from Greenbrier Military School. A combat veteran, John saw action in France and Germany in World War II, including...
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Barbara Diann Wilson

February 14, 1964 - October 2, 2013

Barbara D. Wilson, 49, of Charleston left us way too early on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. She was born February 14, 1964 in Cheverly, MD a daughter of the late Walter S. White and Daisy Mae Shrewsbury of Sissonville. Barbara attended George Washington High School and later graduated from the University Of Charleston School Of Nursing. She was the Charge Nurse at the CAMC Memorial Division...
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Helen Giannaras Pavlidies

March 12, 1931 - September 25, 2013

OBITUARY OF HELEN GIANNARAS PAVLIDIES Helen Giannaras Pavlidies, 82, of Charleston, West Virginia, died at home on September 25, 2013, of various complications associated with rapid onset of late stage Alzheimer's disease. She was born on March 12, 1931, in a Raleigh County, West Virginia, coal camp which bore the place name Dorothy, was populated by dozens of ethnic families, and is no...
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Mrs. Nancy Campbell

July 9, 1932 - September 23, 2013

Nancy Dixon Campbell, 81, died suddenly on Monday, September 23. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, James Clark Campbell; their four daughters, Mary Campbell Ford and her husband, Jimmy, of Lincoln, NE; Lynn Campbell McClung and her husband, Richard, of Charleston, WV; Beth Campbell Spilman and her husband, Vance, of Richmond, VA; and Jeanne Campbell Rucks and her husband, Bobby...
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Margery Grace Burford

May 31, 1910 - September 20, 2013

Margery Grace Burford passed away September 20, 2013, in the care of Liberty Commons Nursing Center, Wilmington, North Carolina. She was born May 31, 1910 in Sand Fork, West Virginia, and is predeceased by her husband, J. Archie Burford. She was a lifelong resident of Charleston, West Virginia until moving to Wilmington, North Carolina, to be near her son. She had served as President of...
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Betty Jane Fast

October 26, 1918 - September 17, 2013

Betty Jane Fast, who loved all things beautiful, peacefully departed this life on September 17, 2013. Betty's life with her parents, Elmer and Mae Dent, began on October 26, 1918 in Middleport, Ohio. The family moved to Charleston when Betty was seven and therein began her love for the city in which she lived. Betty was an accomplished person. She was a member of the Charleston Beautification...
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