Evans Funeral Home

Evans Funeral Home is conveniently located on Cook Parkway in Oceana, West Virginia. Founded by Thomas H. Evans in 1946, the Evans staff continues to uphold the tradition of integrity and excellent service that West Virginia families have come to expect from Evans Funeral Home. At Evans, we believe that serving families is a privilege, and understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience. Members of our staff pride themselves in providing a wide variety of choices to the families we serve, including personalized services, cremation memorials and traditional funerals. In 2002, Evans Funeral Home was rededicated after being completely renovated after a flood that destroyed the home's interior. Today, Evans is a full-service funeral home with care that extends beyond your time of need to include an array of aftercare services. Evans offers a beautiful 125-seat chapel, which can be used for visitation as well as services. We also offer an arrangement room, office, and a lounge that can serve as two additional visitation rooms when needed. At Evans 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, Evans offers The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility.


Our Obituaries

Billy Lee Belcher

February 25, 1938 - September 29, 2016

Rev. Billy Lee Belcher, 78, of Cyclone, went to his Heavenly home Thursday, September, 29, 2016. Born February 25, 1938 in Man, WV, he was one of eleven children born to the late Elmer Belcher and Tressie Grimmette Belcher. Billy was a member of Greenville Freewill Baptist Church. He dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through preaching and song.In addition to his parents, he was preceded...
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Kathye D. Evans

July 9, 1953 - August 21, 2016

Kathye D. Evans, 63, of Glen Rogers, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at her home.Born July 9, 1953 in Mullens, WV, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Trump and Mildred Brown Trump.Kathye was a 1971 graduate of Glen Rogers High School, and a member of Solid Rock Worship Center. She enjoyed crocheting and playing games on the computer, in her spare time.In addition to her parents, she was...
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James A. Hill

December 4, 1936 - August 19, 2016

James A. Hill, a lifelong resident of Meeting House Branch Road in Clear Fork, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at CAMC, due to pneumonia.Born December 4, 1936, he was the son of the late Charlie and Dulcie Conley Hill.James started his career as a surveyor for the state, under the apprenticeship of his father, Charlie Hill. He spent over thirty years working as Chief Electrician in the coal mines...
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Bonnie Jean Brummett

April 30, 1946 - August 17, 2016

Bonnie Jean Brummett, 70, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her home, following a short illness.Born April 30, 1946 in Oceana, WV, she was the daughter of the late Maysel Brunty McCarty and Wannie Lee McCarty.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Brummett; two sisters, Doris Sue Morgan and Diane Muck; and a brother, Jim McCarty.Those left to cherish...
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Ronald Brooks

May 23, 1948 - August 8, 2016

Ronald Lee Brooks, 68, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at CAMC Memorial Division in Charleston.Born May 23, 1948 in Beckley, WV, he was the son of the late Lon Brooks and Margie Baker Brooks. Ronald retired from Pitson Coal Company and was an UMWA member. He absolutely loved dogs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Pansy Brooks.Those left to cherish his...
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Bobby Edwin Price

November 26, 1945 - July 5, 2016

Bobby Edwin Price, 70, of Kopperston, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, following a long illness.Born Nov. 26, 1945 at Uneeda, he was the son of the late Willie and Sadie Price.Bob was a member of Oceana Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as assistant Sunday school superintendent, and was an ordained deacon. Bob traveled...
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Wilmeth C. Toler

December 15, 1935 - June 25, 2016

Wilmeth Carol “Wimpy” Toler, 80, of Beckley, formerly of Oceana, passed away, Saturday, June 25, 2016.Born December 25, 1935 in Springton, WV. She was the daughter of the late Homer and Louise Ganoe Stable.Wimpy was a graduate of Oceana High School. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a good homemaker.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Linda Rose

June 18, 1950 - May 28, 2016

Linda Rose, 65, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Leconte Medical Center in Sevierville, TN.Born June 18, 1950 in Oceana, WV, she was the daughter of the late Fred Dyke and Lillian Acord Dyke.Linda was a lifelong resident of Wyoming County and attended the First Church of God in Oceana. When Linda wasn’t busy attending classes at Southern West Virginia Community Technical College, her...
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Everett Ray Johnson

October 17, 1925 - May 22, 2016

Everett “Ray” Johnson, 90, of Kopperston, passed away Sunday May 22, 2016. Born October 17, 1925 in Logan County. He was the son of the late Demp and Annabell Johnson.In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Lieselotte; one brother, Roy and two sisters, Edith and Helen.Ray served in the Navy during World War II from 1942-1945. He was a disabled Plant Worker....
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Carrie Marie Williams

November 17, 1920 - May 21, 2016

Carrie Marie Cook Williams, 95, passed away Saturday May 21, 2016 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.Born November 17, 1920 in Pineville, s h e w a s the daughter of the late A. Elmer Cook and Addie Stewart Cook-Blankenship. Carrie was a member of the New Life Victory C e n t e r . S h e l o v e d spending time with children a n d watching them grow up. Carrie was an avid gardener. She was...
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Kelsel Lewis

March 12, 1946 - May 7, 2016

Kelsel H. Lewis, 70, of Crany, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 7, 2016.Born March 12, 1946 in Buckhannon, WV, to Ruby and R. H. Lewis, he lived most of his life in Crany.Kelsel worked as a heavy equipment operator before retiring and spending time with his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He enjoyed talking to friends around town, spending time working in his garden, playing...
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Teddy Wykle

April 25, 1948 - April 21, 2016

Teddy Wykle, 67, of Crany, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016 at his home.Born April 25, 1948 in Cyclone, WV, he was the son of the late Porter and Hailey Bailey Wykle.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Wykle.Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Dorothy Watts Wykle; sons, Teddy Wykle and wife, Donna of Midlothian, VA and Scott Wykle of...
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Eual Toler

May 12, 1948 - April 18, 2016

The Reverend Eual Toler, 67, of Oceana, WV went to be with The Lord on April 18, 2016 at Raleigh General Hospital.Rev. Toler was born May 12, 1948 in Kopperston, WV to the late Thomas and Mamie Toler. Rev. Toler retired after 35 years from the Harris #1 Coal Mine as a Mine Foremen, then pursued his calling at preaching and sharing God’s word at Crany Missionary Baptist Church as the...
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Sherry Ann Johnson

October 2, 1963 - April 18, 2016

Sherry Ann Johnson, 52, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, following a long battle with heart disease.Born October 2, 1963 in Wyoming County, WV, she was the daughter of Roy Hall and the late Linnie Morgan Hall.In addition to her mother, Sherry was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger and Charles Hall and a sister, Dorothy Myers.Those left to cherish her memory are her father, Roy Hall; her...
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Stella Virginia Walls

April 27, 1932 - April 15, 2016

On Friday, April 15, 2016, Stella Virginia Walls slipped peacefully into Heaven while surrounded by her family. At the age of 83, Virginia was a life-long resident of Cyclone where she and her husband, Guy, raised two sons and seven daughters. In addition to rearing her family, she dedicated many years to educating the children of her community. After attending Beckley College, she was employed...
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Berta Maxine Martin

May 23, 1933 - April 15, 2016

Berta Maxine Martin, 82, of Cyclone, departed this life to begin her heavenly journey on Friday April 15, 2016.Born May 23, 1933 at Cyclone, she was the daughter of the late Ashby and Lula Blankenship Brown.Maxine was a member of the Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a former president of the Ladies auxiliary. She sang with the Brown trio for forty years and was an...
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Blonnie J. Rhodes

August 11, 1923 - April 7, 2016

Blonnie J. Rhodes, 92, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, following a brief illness.Born August 11, 1923 in Brier Creek, WV, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Bessie Ford Short.Mrs. Rhodes got great satisfaction from serving as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. For the last twenty two years, she lived in Beckley and attended Memorial Baptist Church.In addition to her parents,...
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Kenneth Douglas McKee

April 16, 1937 - March 22, 2016

Kenneth Douglas McKee, 78, of Oceana, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2016, following a long, courageous battle with lung cancer.Born April 16, 1937 in Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Basil and Thelma Shreves McKee.Kenneth retired from coal mining, after working in various mines for over thirty one years. He was a proud veteran of the US Army. He served his country throughout the Cold...
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Nora Beatrice LAY

March 14, 1928 - March 4, 2016

Nora Beatrice Shrewsbury Lay, 87, of Glen Fork, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family.Born March 14, 1928 in Glen Fork, WV, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Offie Dell Shrewsbury.After earning her degree at Marshall University, Beatrice began her career as a teacher in Lorraine, OH. She spent the remainder of her career at Glen Fork Grade School, from...
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James D. Toler

July 25, 1944 - February 15, 2016

Family and friends mourn the passing of esteemed local historian and teacher, James David Toler of Kopperston, who passed away suddenly on Monday, February 15, 2016.Born July 25, 1944, he was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Maxine Toler and his mother-in-law, Freda Nottingham.He is survived by his wife of forty fascinating years, Connie Nottingham Toler; two brothers, Michael Toler and...
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Molline Perry

May 20, 1935 - February 10, 2016

Molline Perry, 80, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab in New Richmond.Born May 20, 1935 in Pikeville, KY, she was the daughter of the late Delmar Blackburn and Anna Jarvis Blackburn.Molline attended New Life Christian Church in Jesse.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Winfred Perry, a son, Delmar Perry and a sister,...
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Thomas Hugh Smith

April 30, 1947 - February 5, 2016

Thomas Hugh Smith, Jr., of Grandview, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016.Born April 30, 1947, he was the son of Virginia Smith and the late Thomas Hugh Smith, Sr.Known to many as “Smitty”, he graduated from Oceana High School, attended Beckley College, Marshall University and Glenville State College, where he played football.He worked as a teacher and a football coach and then...
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Timothy James Lester

December 26, 1977 - January 31, 2016

Timothy “TJ” James Lester, 38, of Ikes Fork departed this life on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at his home, following a long illness.Born December 26, 1977 in Logan, WV, he was the son of Karrin Chambers West and the late Timmy Lester.TJ was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. He was a wonderful, loving father to his son. He enjoyed every day that he got to...
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Genette Rollins

November 22, 1953 - January 28, 2016

Genette Rollins, 62, of Oceana, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 28, 2016, at her home.Born November 22, 1953 in Welch, WV, she was the daughter of the late Mildred Blankenship.Genette loved being a homemaker and spending time with her family. She also loved attending Oceana First Church of God.In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her mother and father in-law, James...
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Anna Ruth BROWN

February 1, 1940 - January 28, 2016

Anna Ruth Brown, 75, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 at her home.Born February 1, 1940 in Wyoming County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Walter Elkins, Sr. and Ida Mae Miller Elkins.Ruth was the owner of Ruth’s Beauty Shop, she retired after working 35 years as a beautician. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Betty J. Garrett

April 19, 1927 - January 13, 2016

Betty Joyce Garrett, 88, of Oceana, passed away at Trinity Healthcare of Logan on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.A daughter of the late Ewell and Kyla Tomlinson Garrett, she was born April 19, 1927 in Mallory, WV.Betty was a member of the Oceana United Methodist Church, where she served as Treasurer. She retired after working many years with the late Dr. Shannon in Oceana.Surviving are a brother,...
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Alice Walls

February 21, 1924 - January 7, 2016

Alice Cook Walls, 91 of Cyclone, WV departed this earthly existence to inherit her eternal life on January 7th, 2016. She was born February 21, 1924, the seventh child of seven children to James Marshall Cook and Etta Harless Cook, both of Cyclone. She married her husband of 58 years, Norman Reed Walls on June 28, 1941. She devoted her life to building a home and raising eight children and...
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Martha E. Hurley

April 5, 1933 - January 3, 2016

Martha Stewart Hurley, 82, of Oceana, went to be with her Lord surrounded by her family on January 3, 2016, at Bowers Hospice House. Born in Dorothy, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Percy Lee and Anna Swanigan Deal. Martha was a homemaker and a member of the Matheny United Methodist Church. The things she enjoyed most in life was spending time with her family and traveling. In...
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Carl Cline

January 1, 1943 - December 30, 2015

Carl Herman Cline, 72, passed away at his home Wednesday, December 30, 2015.Born January 1, 1943 in Panther, WV, he was the son of the late Woodrow Cline and Anna Mae McCoy Cline.Carl enjoyed hunting and loved spending time with his family. He was a member and served as a Deacon of Saulsville Friendship Baptist Church. He was a dedicated coal miner and family man. He was a member of local 1503.In...
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Charles Dixon

December 20, 2015

Charles Dudney Dixon, 80, of Sabine, passed away suddenly from natural causes.He often quoted this verse: There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born and a time to die. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2).December 20, 2015 was his appointed time.Born in McDowell County, WV on May 24, 1935, Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine...
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Esther Hicks

February 15, 1924 - December 15, 2015

Esther Hicks, 91, of Oceana, parted this life on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at home following a long illness.She was the widow of Ralph Edward Hicks. Esther and Ralph were well known throughout the community; they owned and operated Rick’s Drive Inn, better known for serving the “Best Food in Town”. They were talented singers and instrumentalists; they enjoyed singing at WWYO...
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James Harrison Hughes

December 20, 1926 - December 11, 2015

James Hughes, 88, of Sun Hill, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at Princeton Community Hospital, following a short illness.Born December 20, 1926 in Baileysville, W.Va., he as the son of the late George Hughes and Pearl Cline Hughes.Mr. Hughes loved fishing and hunting, enjoyed listening to gospel music and relished every minute of raising children.In addition to his parents, he was preceded...
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Susan Toler

February 10, 1949 - December 4, 2015

Susan Sanders Toler of Kopperston went to be with Jesus, Friday, December 4, 2015.“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide by darkness.” -John 12:46 Praise Forever!Susan was born February 10, 1949 to the late Charles W. Sanders and Virginia Eskew Sanders.She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Carlos Roy Toler; loving granddaughter, Alyssa...
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Doris Perry

May 10, 1934 - November 19, 2015

Doris Perry, 81, of Cyclone, passed away Thursday November 19, 2015 at Logan Regional Medical Center. Born on May 10, 1934 at Cyclone, she was the daughter of the late Oley and Blanch Bailey Osborne.Doris was lifelong resident of Cyclone and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed the hobby of yard-selling. If the world had a mother like ours, it would never starve or go unclothed. She spent her...
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Michael Huffman

September 25, 1955 - November 12, 2015

Michael Huffman, 60, of McGraws, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Raleigh General Hospital.Born September 25, 1955, he was the son of the late David and Minnie Pearl Gibson Huffman.Michael was a resident of Wyoming County for over forty years. He worked for many years at Harris #1, from which he retired.Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Leslie Graves Huffman; a son,...
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Phyllis Hatfield

September 17, 1937 - November 10, 2015

Phyllis Jean Davis Hatfield, 78, of Brenton, passed away at Raleigh General Hospital on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.Born on September 17, 1937 in Landville, WV, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Golden Davis.Phyllis was raised in Coal Mountain and moved to Brenton in 1971. She was a 1955 graduate of Baileysville High School. She enjoyed spending time with her family.In addition to her...
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Katie Blaine Davis

February 22, 1930 - November 2, 2015

Katie Davis, 85, of Mary’s Garden, Oak Hill, formerly of Kopperston was reunited with her husband in Heaven on Monday, November 2, 2015.Mrs. Davis was the last surviving member of her immediate family.Born February 22, 1930 in Oppy, KY, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Smith) Johnson.Mrs. Davis was a former member of Oceana Freewill Baptist Church for forty years, where she...
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Grace Bailey

December 21, 1945 - October 3, 2015

Grace Bailey, 69, Of Davin WV, passed away on October 3, 2015 at Jackson General Hospital in Ripley. Born December 21, 1945, in Logan county, she was the daughter of the late Fred Morgan and Mae Boothe Morgan.Mrs. Bailey attended the Campus Church of God, the Man Church of God and the Summersville Church of God.She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Coleman Bailey Sr. and several...
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Jerry Van Elkins

January 16, 1955 - September 30, 2015

Jerry Elkins, 60, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Cabell Huntington Hospital.Born January 16, 1955 in Cyclone, WV, he was the son of the late Icie Elkins.Jerry was a retired coal miner.In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline and Gertrude Maynor and a brother, Floyd Aliff.He is survived by two sons, Jerry Elkins, II and wife, Beth of Dunbar and...
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Ray Fred Shumate

June 3, 1926 - September 29, 2015

Ray Fred Shumate, 89, departed this life on September 29, 2015 following a long illness.Born June 3, 1926, he was the son of the late Harper & Grace Shumate. He was a retired coal miner.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Arlene Shumate; a daughter, Shirley Chancey; three sisters, Violet Justice, Ruby Farmer and Clara Whitt; and two brothers, Basil Shumate...
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Darrell Eugene Parsons

January 10, 1947 - September 24, 2015

Darrell Eugene Parsons, 68, of Rock Creek went to be with our Lord on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Raleigh General Hospital after a sudden illness.Darrell was born in Republic, WV in Boone County to the late Clemon Parsons and Haley Maxine Drennen Parsons. The oldest of eight, he graduated in 1965 from Marsh Fork High School; where he played football and ran track. Following graduation, he...
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Florence Alva Osborne

June 13, 1920 - July 12, 2015

How do we measure a life well-lived? It cannot be measured in dollars and cents nor accolades and fame. Rather a life well-lived can be measured by one’s service to our Lord Jesus Christ, our family, our neighbors and community, and our country. Florence A. Osborne’s life was dedicated to the service of all. First and foremost, Florence loved the Lord and spent her life serving and...
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Arnold Wylie Harless

September 13, 1928 - July 9, 2015

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Matthew 25:21 Arnold W. Harless, 86 of Clear Fork, WV, entered into his new life on July 9, at Raleigh General Hospital. Born September 13, 1928, he was the son the late Roy and Berchie Allen...
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Brookie C. Lusk

April 24, 1928 - June 22, 2015

Cyclone- Brookie Clarice Osborne Lusk, 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, June 22, 2015.Born April 24, 1928 in Cyclone, WV, she was the daughter of the late Landa Osborne and Lessie Bailey Osborne.She was a member of Bright Prospect Baptist Church, where she loved attending services.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shelley Lusk; two...
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Deborah Sizemore

August 27, 1957 - June 19, 2015

Deborah Lorraine Wiseman Green Sizemore, 57, of Oceana, WV and Dublin, VA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at approximately 8:04 p.m. on June 19, 2015 following a sudden illness. Born August 27, 1957 at Welch, WV, Debbie was a 1975 graduate of Oceana High School. She lived for the joys of her life, her family, her friends, and her Lord. Debbie served at the Oceana Church...
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Netta Janice Daniels

February 18, 1935 - June 19, 2015

Netta Janice “Jan” Daniels, 80, of Matheny passed away Friday, June 19, 2015 at her home.Born February 18, 1935 in Laredo, WV, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Lee Blankenship and Inez Vada Brown Blankenship.Jan was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Matheny and always looked forward to attending services with her church family.Jan loved to fish, enjoyed reading, sewing,...
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Christian J. Baldwin

October 21, 1970 - June 9, 2015

Christian Jay “Chris” Baldwin, 44, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Kopperston, departed this life Tuesday, June 9, 2015.Chris was born October 21, 1970 in Great Lakes Naval Base, Great Lakes, Illinois to Larry and Peggy (Blankenship) Baldwin. He was the delight of his grandparents, the late Curtis and Marie Blankenship and the late Ronald and Pearl Baldwin.In addition to his parents, he...
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James Norman Sigmon

August 20, 1964 - June 4, 2015

James “Jim” Sigmon, Jr, 50, of Glen Fork received his heavenly healing and went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 4, 2015.Born August 20, 1964 in Beckley, WV, he was the son of James Norman Sigmon, Sr. and the late Betty Gail Stewart Sigmon.Jim was a Godly man who expressed his love for the Lord through music ministry. His heart had a burning to see people give their lives to the...
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John Kennedy

December 21, 1945 - May 28, 2015

OCEANA- John Kennedy, 69, of Oceana, formerly of Mallory, went home to be with the Lord on May 28, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley after a 14 month battle with cancer.John was born December 21, 1945, at Elk Creek (Emmett) WV. He was the son of the late Amos and Maudie Sturgill Kennedy.He is preceded in death by a sister, Lorraine Dasovich; 3 brothers, Raymond Kennedy, Lonnie Kennedy and...
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Roy Short

May 26, 2015

Roy Short passed away at the age of 94 on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV, surrounded by his family. He was born March 12, 1921 at Brier Creek, Wyoming Co., WV, to Alce and Oma Green Short. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and GGdaddy. He loved spending time outdoors whether it was taking his daily walk,...
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Gladys Elizabeth Lafferty

October 20, 1929 - May 22, 2015

Gladys Elizabeth Lafferty, 85, passed away Friday May 22, 2015, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.Born October 20, 1929 in Milam, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James Herbert Vaught and Goldie Rebecca Short Vaught.Gladys enjoyed spending time with her family and family gatherings.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lafferty; two grandchildren, Ronnie...
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Zelda M. Sullivan

May 25, 1928 - May 12, 2015

Zelda M. Sullivan, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at her home.She was born May 25, 1928 in Jesse, WV to the late Curtis and Murlie Cook Stewart.She was a member of Matheny Church of God. She was a wonderful seamstress for many years and enjoyed working with her flowers outdoors. She loved singing, and at one time was a member of “The Matheny Gospel Trio” with special cousins,...
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Shirley Pratt Toler

April 4, 1936 - May 2, 2015

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Hazel Cline

February 4, 1934 - April 21, 2015

Hazel Stewart Cline, 81, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.Born February 4, 1934 in Glen Morrison, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Minnie Walker Stewart.Hazel attended Oceana Freewill Baptist Church, where she loved singing in the choir.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Cline and brothers and...
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Ralph Whitten

October 24, 1930 - April 17, 2015

Ralph Whitten, 84, of Oceana, passed away Friday April 17, 2015 in Charleston from a sudden illness. Born October 24, 1930 in Red Jacket, he was the son of the late Frank and Rachael Webb Whitten. Ralph worked as a General Mine Foreman for Eastern Associated Coal Company at the Kopperston Number 1 and Number 2 mines. He served in the ministry for over 50 years. Ralph was a former Mason. He loved...
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Earl Gene Blankenship

March 1, 1939 - March 29, 2015

Earl Gene Blankenship was called home by the Heavenly Father to be with his loving wife, Donna Jean Cook Blankenship, Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the age of 76, following a short illness.Born March 1, 1939, he was the son of the late Joseph Lee Blankenship and Inez Vada Brown Blankenship.Gene was a retired coal miner from Eastern Associated Coal Company. He enjoyed going to his camper in...
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Roy Trent

October 6, 1917 - March 23, 2015

Lillydale- Roy Trent, 97, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.He was born October 6, 1917 in War Eagle, WV to the late Leonard and Viola Bailey Trent.Mr. Trent was a proud veteran of the US Air Force, having served in the 50th Troop Carrier Wing during WWII.He was the owner and operator of Trent’s Market in Lillydale for many years. He loved to sing gospel...
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Gladys Lorene Bailey

January 6, 1941 - March 17, 2015

Gladys Bailey, 74, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Raleigh General Hospital.Born January 6, 1941 in Cyclone, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ella Lusk.Gladys was a member of Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church and was a charter member of the Ladies Aid.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Bailey and several brothers and sisters.Those...
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Arthur Randall Brooks

August 26, 1955 - February 28, 2015

Glen Rogers- Arthur Randall Brooks (Crow), 59 went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 28, 2015 following a short battle with cancer.Born August 26, 1955 in Glen Rogers, he was the son of Sheba Brooks and the late Arthur Vane Brooks.Randall was a member of Glen Rogers Community Church. He was a loving father and husband. Randall enjoyed spending time with his sons, building cars and bikes...
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Madeline Gilbert

July 13, 1938 - February 26, 2015

Madeline “Jackie” Gilbert, 76, Formerly of Cyclone, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.Born July 13, 1938 in Wayne County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Walter (Tom) Caldwell and Virgie Ratliff Caldwell. Jackie served as the Postmaster at Cyclone for over eighteen years. She was a member of Campus Church Of God.In addition to her...
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Jackie Lee Aliff

June 21, 1929 - February 19, 2015

Kopperston- Jackie L. Aliff, 85, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Raleigh General Hospital.Born June 21, 1929 in Oceana, WV, he was the son of the late Acy Aliff and India Short Aliff.Jackie owned and operated Aliff General Store for over fifty years. He was also a retired school bus driver, with over thirty years of service.Jackie was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Carolyn...
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Alfred Neale Lamb

January 16, 1928 - February 14, 2015

Alfred Neale Lamb, 87, of Jesse passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Gary Nursing and Rehab.He was born January 16, 1928 in Jesse, WV.Neale served in the National Guard at Camp Polk, LA from 1950 until 1952. Afterward, he worked many years in Chicago as a draftsman before retiring to WV where he enjoyed reading and gardening.In addition to his parents, Drexal and Margie Workman Lamb, he was...
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Norma Marie Maynor

September 11, 1928 - February 7, 2015

Norma Marie Griffith Maynor, 86, of Oceana, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 following a short illness.Born September 11, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Thomas Franklin Griffith and Elsie Brown Griffith.She attended the Laurel Branch Church of God and enjoyed making Easter eggs, socializing, going to church and being with her family.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Dale Laverne Maynard

January 4, 1949 - January 24, 2015

Dale L. Maynard, 66, of Kopperston passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, following a long illness.Born January 4, 1949, he was the son of the late Wade and Betty Maynard.Dale was a disabled coal miner.He is survived by a brother, David Neely of Kopperston, five nieces and nephews, ten great nieces and nephews, several aunts and several cousins.Funeral services will be 1pm, Thursday, January 29,...
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Billy Ray Lusk

March 6, 1938 - January 18, 2015

Billy Ray Lusk, 76, of Oceana, passed away Jan. 18, 2015 in Logan Regional Medical Center following a long illness.Born March 6, 1938 in Cyclone he was the son of the late Maxwell and Hallie Gertrude Lusk.Billy was a member of UMWA local union 7604 having worked for forty years at the Kopperston tipple. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Billy loved watching and playing sports and was...
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Mark Steven Conley

July 12, 1952 - December 9, 2014

OCEANA- Mark Steven Conley, 62, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital, following a sudden illness.Born July 12, 1952 in Welch, he was the son of Geneva (Jean) Conley and the late Joseph Conley.Mark was a musician and enjoyed playing music. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews and being with his family. He was of the Baptist faith.In addition to his father...
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Nyoka Gayle Day

November 21, 2014

Nyoka Gayle Fortner Day, age 64, of Glen Fork, went to be with her Lord on Friday November 21, 2014. Born November 15, 1950 in Glen Rogers, she was the daughter of the late Zina G. Fortner and Mary T. Fortner.She was a member of the Christ Cathedral Church in Iaeger. Nyoka enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Michael S. Day, Sr...
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Roger Lee Morgan

April 30, 1947 - November 14, 2014

Roger Lee Morgan, 67, went home to be with the Lord Friday, November 14 2014, following a short illness.Born April 30, 1947 in Simon, he was the son of the late Azzie Morgan and Martha Morgan of Simon.Roger was a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his garden. He loved spending time with his family.In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Franklin Daniels

April 5, 1934 - November 12, 2014

Franklin Delano Daniels, 80, of Matheny, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014.He was born at home on April 5, 1934 and was a lifelong resident of Matheny.Franklin was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Matheny and loved attending services with his church family.He attended Oceana High School where he played football and basketball.He worked for the Wyoming County Board of Education for...
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Dillon Kyle Blankenship

December 27, 1993 - October 28, 2014

Dillon Kyle Blankenship, 20, of Beckley passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014.Born December 27, 1993 in Beckley, WV, he was the son of Richard Blankenship of Lester and Dawn Bowles Blankenship of Beckley.Dillon enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing video games, working on cars, carpentry and spending time with his family and friends.He was preceded in death by an...
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Frances Berta

May 27, 1945 - September 18, 2014

Frances Dillo Berta, 69, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Welch Community Hospital.Born May 27, 1945 in Red Jacket, she was the daughter of Woodrow Dillo and the late Gladys Christian Dillo.Frances was the caregiver to her father for thirteen years and other family members. She was very well known for her singing abilities.In addition to her mother, she was preceded in...
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Nancy Jean Hatfield

May 17, 1937 - September 13, 2014

Beckley-Nancy Jean Hatfield, 77, of Manor House Apartments, Beckley, formerly of Crouch’s Farm, was welcomed into the presence of Jesus Christ on September 13, 2014. Born May 17, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Troy and Maysie Toler.Nancy was a homemaker that enjoyed spending time hanging out with her daughter, Elaine, and her grand dog Reese and her numerous friends at Manor House. ...
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Eleanor Lutishia Sizemore

June 13, 1942 - September 11, 2014

Oceana- Eleanor (Ellen) Lutishia Birchfield Sizemore, 72, went to be with her Heavenly Father with her family at her side, Thursday, September 11, 2014.Born June 13, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Alexander Birchfield and Georgia Murphy Birchfield Robinette.Known as “Ellie” or “Aunt Ellie” to those who knew and loved her, she loved to watch Hilda Perry and her...
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A. B. Blankenship

June 6, 1936 - August 17, 2014

AB Blankenship 78, of Taylorsville, NC, formerly of Elk Lick, Wyoming County, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born June 6, 1936, he was the son of the late Hannibal Blankenship Sr. and Martha Zela Cline Blankenship. AB retired from Harris #2 Coal mines. He was a member of the Wayside Baptist Church in Taylorsville. He adored his church family. He loved hunting,...
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Conley Ivan Sizemore

April 2, 1933 - August 5, 2014

Conley Ivan Sizemore, 81, went to be with his Heavenly Father, August 5, 2014, peacefully in his sleep.Born April 2, 1933 he was the son of the late Isaac Sizemore and Nettie Jane Lambert Sizemore.Conley was preceded in death by 4 brothers; John Sizemore, Wiley Sizemore, Ed Sizemore and Edward Sizemore; 6 sisters; Ruby England, Lucy Green, Bessie O’Dell, Grace Neely, Lillie Dixon and Dora...
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Nelma Hanks

January 14, 1929 - July 29, 2014

Oceana- Nelma “Nell” Hanks, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.Born January 14, 1929 in Limestone Branch, WV, she was the daughter of the late Jones and Bertha Prichard Fowler.Nell was a member of Kopperston Freewill Baptist Church for thirty years.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William Jackson...
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Michael Steve Day

August 29, 1946 - July 26, 2014

Michael Steve Day, Sr., 67, of Glen Fork, passed away Saturday July 26, 2014. Born August 29, 1946 in Beckley he was the son of the late Edgar E. Day Jr. and Nellie Evangeline Stewart Day.After graduating from Glen Rogers High School Michael joined the Air Force and served his country in the Vietnam War. He was a retired from Peabody Coal Corp.Michael was a member of the Christ Cathedral Church...
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Gene COOK

September 21, 1928 - July 25, 2014

Clearfork - Gene Tunney Cook , 85 of Clear Fork passed away on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gary, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.Born September 21, 1928 to the late James Levi and Nina Shannon Cook , he was the youngest and last survivor of six children. His siblings were Hershel Cook, Haskel Cook, Levi Cook, Jr., Dolly Bowman...
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Charlie Jude

February 5, 1928 - July 25, 2014

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Samuel Gale Boothe

January 5, 1968 - June 11, 2014

Samuel Gale Boothe, 46, of Fairdale went home to be with our Lord Thursday, June 11th 2014 at 1:01 PM. Born January 5th 1968, Gale passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. He was a loving, generous husband and father as well as an astute man of God. He will be missed by many loving family members, friends and colleagues.Born in Mullens, WV, he is survived by his wife Anita and sons...
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Carol Jean Stewart

February 4, 1935 - May 6, 2014

Carol Jean Biggs Stewart, 79, of Matheny went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Born February 4, 1935 in Ameagle, WV, she was the daughter of the late Van Biggs and Leona Harris Biggs. Ms. Stewart was a homemaker. She was famous for her roast beef and gravy and potato salad. She was an avid bowler and was a member of several bowling leagues....
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Nellie Frances Whisenant

October 6, 1927 - April 26, 2014

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Nellie F. Whisenant

October 6, 1927 - April 26, 2014

Nellie F. Whisenant started her eternal home with her Lord, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital. She was 86 years old. Born October 6, 1927 at Price Hill, WV, she was the daughter of the late John A. Brizendine and Nellie F. Light Brizendine. Nellie was a 1945 graduate of Glen Rogers High School, she went on to further her education at Beckley College in 1946. Nellie retired...
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Virginia Eloise Stewart

October 22, 1932 - April 20, 2014

Virginia Eloise Gunter Stewart, 81, of Matheny, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 20, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Helen, WV, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Annie Halsey Gunter. She was the greatest wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker; she was very much loved. More than anything else she loved working in the church; it gave her much satisfaction and...
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Franklin D. Jenkins

January 20, 1935 - March 20, 2014

Franklin David Jenkins, 79, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Bowers Hospice House in Cranberry. Born January 20, 1935, in Winding Gulf, WV, he was the son of the late Bernie C. and Nancy Ellen Jenkins. Franklin was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served his country for 22 years. After retiring from the military, he worked as a Diesel Instructor for Ben Franklin Career Center in...
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Jeffrey Dennis Elkins

June 27, 1964 - March 7, 2014

Jeffrey Dennis Elkins, 49 of Oceana passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston. Born June 27, 1964 at Welch, WV he was the son of Walter George Elkins, Jr. and Bonnie Sue Bowling Elkins of Pineville In addition to his parents he is survived by his fiancée of 9 years Linda Kazman of Oceana His children, Jeffrey Kyle Elkins and wife, Kasey of...
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Betty F. Blankenship

February 24, 1948 - February 27, 2014

Betty F. Blankenship, 66, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 27, 2014. Born February 24, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John Rollins, Sr. and Ruth Rollins. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, John Blankenship and brothers-in-law, Lee and Bilton Blankenship. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 47 years,...
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Wrena Elswick Bailey

December 14, 1937 - February 5, 2014

Wrena Vae Elswick Bailey passed away Wednesday February 5, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. Born December 14, 1937 in Glen Fork she was the daughter of the late Mamous Elswick Greer. Wrena was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Everyone who knew her spoke of her kind and generous spirit. She would give all she had and never ask for anything in return...
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Everal M. Collins

August 29, 1948 - January 31, 2014

Everal Collins, 65, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at his home. Born August 29, 1948, in Baileysville, WV, he was the son of the late Ledford Bee Collins and Louisa Hall Collins. Everal was a retired roofer and a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Frankie Dale Collins and two brothers, Jimbo and Walt. Survivors include his wife,...
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Robert E. Cook

March 19, 1946 - January 21, 2014

Robert Edward Cook, 67, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 19, 1946, he was the son of the late David Hamilton Cook and Essie Pearl Bailey Cook. After graduating from Oceana High School in 1965, Robert voluntarily enlisted in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam before...
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Jamie Diann Lucas

August 6, 1977 - January 10, 2014

Jamie Diann Lucas, 36, of Ravencliff entered into a new life on Friday, January 10, 2014 Born August 6, 1977 in Beckley, she was the daughter of Susan Sizemore Hash of Nebo, NC and James Lucas of Glen Fork Jamie was a 1997 graduate of Pineville High School and attended Cosmetology at the Wyoming County Vo Tech She was preceded in death by her son, Houston Lucas Jamie is survived by...
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Esther Ritchie Toler

November 11, 1953 - January 6, 2014

Esther Ritchie Toler, born November 11, 1953, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 6, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital after a sudden illness. Esther was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed going to church and spending time with her family and friends. In addition to her parents, Claude and Evalina Ritchie, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Hamilton and five...
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Gerald Frazier

October 18, 1951 - January 3, 2014

Gerald L. Frazier, 62, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital. Born October 18, 1951 in Beckley, WV, he was the son of late Raymond and Stella Ann Irick Frazier. Gerald was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and was a retired coal miner. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and loved ones. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a very...
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Robert "Bob" Cline

January 18, 1944 - January 2, 2014

Robert H. "Bob" Cline 70, of Brenton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday January 2, 2014 following a sudden illness Born January 18, 1944 in Hanover, he was the son of the late Howard and Evelyn Johnson Cline. Bob was a 1962 graduate of Baileysville High School, following school he enlisted in the US Air Force, while in the service he attended the University of Alaska in Anchorage,...
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Frank Pendry

May 7, 1929 - December 27, 2013

Frank Pendry, 84 of Matheny went home surrounded by his loving wife and family on December 27, 2013. Born May 7, 1929 at Keyrock, he was the son of the late William Pendry and Dora Green Pendry Mr. Pendry was an avid gardener and a retired coal miner. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Survivors include his wife, helpmate, and best friend of 65 years, Minnie Jane...
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Delores Priscilla Mullins

August 8, 1944 - December 10, 2013

Delores Priscilla Mullins, 69, of Mill Creek went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, following a short illness. Born August 8, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Ausie and Blanche "Bell" Blankenship of Rockhouse. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbi Jo; her ex-husband, Michael E. Mullins, Sr., two great-grandchildren, Angel Mullins and...
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Harry "Mike" Brummett

May 1, 1948 - December 9, 2013

Harry Michael (Mike) "Bo Bo" Brummett, 65, went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 9, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Born May 1, 1948 in Martinsburg, IN, he was the son of the late Albert and Alice Brummett. Mike was a retired coal miner having worked for Patriot Coal Company and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving his country in Vietnam. He attended Harvest...
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Wilma J. Allen

April 11, 1930 - November 26, 2013

Wilma J. Allen, 83, of Oceana passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House, Cranberry. Born April 11, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Frank Harvey and Lillie McCall Harvey. Wilma was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Matheny and the Davin Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Anna L. McMillion

January 18, 1936 - November 26, 2013

Anna McMillion, 77, of Glen Fork passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from a sudden illness. Born January 18, 1936 at Oceana, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Edwards and Eva Virginia Stewart Edwards. Anna was a member of the Russell Baptist Church, Glen Fork. Survivors include Sons, Dallas McMillion and his wife, Charlotte of Glen Fork Eugene McMillion and his wife, Tammy...
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Easter Mae Lusk

April 16, 1933 - October 16, 2013

Easter Mae (Cook) Lusk, went to be with the Lord, and join her husband, Carless on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at her home. Her daughter, Nancy was by her side. She was born April 16, 1933 in Cyclone, WV; she was a lifelong resident of Wyoming County. She was the daughter of the late Anthony Cook and Susie Conway Cook. Easter was a retired school teacher, she taught for the Wyoming County...
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