Richard England Atkins of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Nov. 14, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Atkins was born Sept. 1, 1944, and was the son of the late Harry V. Atkins and Marjorie E. Atkins. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara on May 15, 2013. He is survived by four children, Sarah, Chad, Carrie and Tyler, and a brother, Edward G. Atkins.
Mr. Atkins was a salesman all of his life, working for Prentice Hall and then selling financial plans. At the time of his death he was in the computer repair business. He was a member of the local business club. Rick will be missed by all.
Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston on Friday, April 25. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ola David Browning Sr., 69, of Harts, died April 21, 2014. Service will be noon Friday, April 25, at Guyan Freewill Baptist Church, Little Harts. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, until the time of service Friday at the church. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of arrangements.
Olievia Jane Casto, 90, of Statts Mill, passed away April 22, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a long illness.
She was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Statts Mill, a daughter of the late Owen and Cora Rhodes Casto. She was a homemaker and had attended Siniaville United Methodist Church. She loved gardening and raising flowers, especially her beautiful roses.
She is survived by daughters, Bonnie Casto of Statts Mill, Joyce Braden and her husband, Leonard, of Kenna and Connie Sharp and her husband, Donnie, of Fairplain; sons, Terry of Statts Mill and William and wife, Kathy, of Statts Mill; brothers, Glenn Foster Casto and Edsel Casto, both of Statts Mill; sister, Mamie Belle Stalnaker of Gay; grandchildren, Chris Braden, Travis Casto and Sara Ballengee; and great-grandchildren, Bryce and Reed Ballengee. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Delmer "Bus" Casto; brother, Ayrel Casto; and a sister, Dorothy Reed.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Siniaville United Methodist Church with Pastor Danny Cummings officiating. Burial will follow in Siniaville Church Cemetery.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Casto family would like to thank the staff at Hubbard Hospice House for their kindness and support during Olievia's stay at their facility.
Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, is honored to serve the Casto family.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.
Charles L. Comer Jr., 59, of Summersville, died April 19, 2014. The family will receive friends from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Summersville Armory. In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated. Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville, is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Eugene Cox, 99, of Belle, formerly of Walton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a short illness.
Harold, who retired from DuPont after 34 years of service, was the son of the late Perry Clayton and Martha (Anderson) Cox. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances (Young) Cox; sons, David Cox and Terry Arthur Cox; brothers, Claris E. Cox and Orville C. Cox; sisters, Beatrice Bickerstaff and Evelyn D. Taylor; and grandson, Aaron Cox.
Harold is survived by his sons, Roger Y. Cox and wife, Joyce, of Canton, Ga., and Randy A. Cox of Belle; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Gandeeville Cemetery with Pastor Mike Todorovich officiating. There will be a private family visitation from 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin. Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.
Gypsy Jo Crites, 80, of Dunbar, departed this life on April 21, 2014, to be with Jesus and her husband, Leroy Crites, after a long battle with lung cancer.
She was a longtime resident and former employee of the city of Dunbar. She was an active member of the Dunbar Senior Center, where she loved spending her afternoons eating lunch with her many friends and often baked goodies for them. Gypsy served as vice chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Dunbar Housing Authority.
Gypsy is survived by her four children, Nancy Sayre of Dunbar, Rick Crites and wife, Kay, of Hurricane, Gary Crites of Dunbar and Ron Crites and wife, Pam, of Liberty; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Kanawha Hospice Care and Hubbard Hospice House West for the care they provided to Gypsy as well as the family. They would also like to thank her close, personal friend, Nancy Byard, for being there to talk to, share a laugh or simply sit with Gypsy and keep her company.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Aaron Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.
Bobby Eugene Deems, 62, of Procious, enter into rest Monday, April 21, 2014.
Born Sept. 23, 1951, in Gassaway, he was the son of the late Joe and Mabel (Eagle) Deems. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Deems.
Bobby is survived by his children, Linda (Julius Jr.) Sears of Nebo, Bobbie Jo (Tony) Frazier of Blue Knob, Donna (Joseph) Brown of Procious, Samantha (John Boy) Rogers of Dog Run, Diana (Anthony) Hamrick of Wallback, Geary (Ashley) Smith Jr. of Clay and Jacob Eugene Deems of Procious; 14 grandchildren; brother, Dale Deems of Procious; and sisters, Donna Myers of Harrison and Kay Dobbins of Procious.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Douglas Burdette officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagle Cemetery, Blue Knob.
Friends may call two hours prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Deems family.
Norman "Frank" Duff, 65, of St. Albans, passed away April 20, 2014.
Preceding him in death were his father, Henry H. Duff, and his sister, Vera Jordan.
Frank served proudly in the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He was a paratrooper and infantry platoon sergeant with the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade "Rangers." During his combat service, Frank was decorated with the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Parachute Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. He was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant with only two years of active duty services and was then honorably discharged after the war.
Frank was employed by Charleston Newspapers and he also worked as a rigger at the Charleston Civic Center.
The last 20 years of Frank's employment he was a district manager representing several major insurance companies. He and his teams offered employee benefits to school board employees and businesses across a number of states. Frank won numerous trips, company honors and awards for his outstanding sales leadership.
Surviving him are his wife, Catherine Conley Duff; sons, Norman Christopher Duff, David Duff and John Thomas Duff and his wife, Beth; mother, Audrey Looney Duff; brother, Charles H. Duff and wife, Kim; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral service will be noon Thursday, April 24, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor John Rutherford from The Faith Fellowship officiating. Burial will follow in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.
Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service, also on Thursday.
The family will accept memorial online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.
Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Duff family.
Lena L. Moore Hunter, 96, of Parkersburg, passed away April 21, 2014.
She was born in Harmony, Roane County, the daughter of the late Clovis and Erma Hudson Brabham.
She had been employed for many years by the Virto-Agate Marble Factory, where she worked as a floor supervisor. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and, at one time, the IOOF Rebecca Lodge. She loved the outdoors and was an accomplished bear and turkey hunter. She loved Cincinnati Reds baseball.
She is survived by her sons, Ernest Moore Jr. and wife, Daphne, of Parkersburg and Roger Stoops and wife, Nancy, of Pennsboro; her grandchildren, Andy Moore and wife, Sandy, Dr. Mike Moore and wife, Dr. Michelle, Lori Lena Cutlip and husband, Mike, Bryan Stoops, Jill Godfrey, Amy Badgett and Anette Mace; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest Moore Sr. and Ira "Sparky" Hunter, and 15 brothers and sisters.
Funeral service will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Tom McDowell and Dr. Mike Moore officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff of the West Virginia Masonic Home for the wonderful care given to Lena and asks that memorial contributions be made to the West Virginia Masonic Home, P.O. Box 869, Parkersburg, WV 26102.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com.
Florence "Marie" Dalton Keith, 86, formerly of Malden, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, in High Point, N.C., at her daughter's home after a long illness.
She was born in Standard to the late Conard and Ida Alice Craft Dalton. She was a 1946 graduate of Lewisburg High School and a 1948 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. Marie was a member of the Malden Garden Club as well as a member of both the Charleston Area and West Virginia State Women's Bowling Associations. She was the co-owner of The Bridal & Party Directory in Charleston. On April 19, 2009, she was inducted into the Greater Charleston USBC Hall of Fame.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, John Earl Keith; brothers, Harold and Junior; and sisters, Elsie and Evelyn.
Marie is survived by her daughter and caregiver, Alice "Ali" J. Keith of High Point, N.C.; her son, John C. Keith (Cidney) of Erie, Pa.; two grandchildren, whom she dearly loved, Lauren Lisa Keith Brigaman (Alex) of Fairview, Pa., and John David Keith of Erie, Pa.; as well as many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Marie Byrd of Trinity, N.C., who gave our mom wonderful daily loving care for the past five-plus years; she has truly been a blessing to us. Thank you to Julie Barr, ANP-BC, who made numerous house calls, and to the Hospice centers of both Piedmont and Greensboro for providing tremendous care during the past few years.
Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. Curt Hernandez officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday or one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Memories of Marie may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.
Rena Lee Moore, 100, of Goldtown, entered into the Gates of Heaven on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Eldercare Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ripley, after a long illness.
She was born in Elkins to the late John and Mary Simons.
Rena retired from CAMC General Hospital as a licensed practical nurse, where she had worked for many years.
She was a devout lover of animals. She enjoyed crocheting and was a great cook. She made her grandchildren happy by always giving them their favorite candy bars.
She is survived by her son, Terry G. Moore of Charleston; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will hold a private graveside service in Elkins at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Celia "Edith" Newhouse, 96, of Cowen, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Webster Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was born April 16, 1917 in Frame to Lewis and Kate Combs Harper and was a homemaker. She grew up in Kanawha County and moved to Webster County before the beginning of World War II. She attended Gladeview Methodist Church, enjoyed quilting, crocheting, embroidery, knitting and sewing clothes for herself and her daughter. She was well known in the community for growing a beautiful rose garden, which she shared with others. She also enjoyed gardening, canning and spending time with her family. She was an avid reader and loved going to church.
Edith is survived by her daughter, Freda Armentrout of Cowen; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis B. "Buster" Newhouse; brothers, Everett, Howard and Clyde; sisters, Belva, Tressa and Lessa; daughter, Anna Louise Newhouse; one great-grandchild; and son-in-law, William L. "Bill" Armentrout.
According to Edith's wishes, her body was donated to West Virginia University School of Medicine Human Gift Registry. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Cowen with Speakers Linda Dyer and Sam Barger bringing words of remembrance and celebration. Memorial contributions may be made to Cowen Library and Camden-on-Gauley Senior Citizens. Family services provided by Adams-Reed Funeral Home.
Anastasia "Stacy" Dickinson Payne of Charleston, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, joined her Lord as a Messenger of Love on April 20, following nearly a year of courageously managing her way through cancer. Throughout her life, Stacy's greatest love and devotion was to God, her family, her friends and her summer camp, Camp Mont Shenandoah.
Born in Charleston on June 17, 1971, Stacy attended Holz Elementary School and John Adams Junior High. She graduated in 1989 from Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., and from Randolph-Macon College in 1993 with a B.A. in studio arts and an elementary education teaching degree. Stacy completed her M.A. in psychology at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., after studying expressive arts therapy at The Tamalpa Institute in Kentfield, Calif.
Stacy warmed the hearts of many while working at Camp Mont Shenandoah. One of her great honors was being recognized with the Camp Counselor Award in 1990. Stacy enjoyed organizing and volunteering for the youth empowerment program, Challenge Day, especially in Kanawha County, where she brought the program to five high schools. She also enjoyed her connection to another youth empowerment program called The Mosaic Project. She was proud to help initiate their tagline, "Peacing it Together."
Stacy was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Allemong Payne Jr.
Stacy is survived by her husband, Ethan Arthur Hurley. Her love for him runs deep and strong. She is also survived by her daughter, Grace Grover "Gigi" Payne-Hurley, who brought her more joy and wonder than Stacy ever thought possible. Other family includes her mother, Ann Casto (Paul) Moran; her sister, Katharine Payne (Matt) Confer; her brothers, Andrew Allemong (Mary) Payne III and J.K. Thomas (Dee) Payne; stepsisters, Courtney Moran (Kevin) O'Neil and Meredith Moran (Ross) German; and numerous extended family members, nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, located at 16 Leon Sullivan Way.
In lieu of flowers, Stacy requested that donations be made to Camp Mont Shenandoah's The Camp Spirit Scholarship, a fund within Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CFRBA, P.O. Box 20, Lexington, VA 24450, or the CAMC Foundation to help fund children's bereavement services at the new Cancer Center, CAMC Foundation, 3412 Staunton Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25314.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Mr. Ray Edward Sayre, 84, of Hometown, passed away April 21, 2014, at Teays Valley Center.
Ray was retired from Wiseman Construction and enjoyed playing bluegrass music.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Juanita Sayre, and son, Terry Lyndon Sayre.
He is survived by his son, Kevin Blaine Sayre; sisters, Diane Clendenin, Anna Null, Sissy Anderson and Sue Buck; brother, Glen Boggess; and three grandchildren, Terry Matthew Sayre, Tara Nichole Sayre and Justin Blaine Sayre.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Ray Edward Sayre will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Boggess officiating. Entombment will follow in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Sayre family.
Gladys Ellen Snodgrass, 95, a resident of South Charleston, born Nov. 27, 1918, in Roane County, passed away April 22, 2014.
"When I am gone do not weep, I am only asleep."
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, George and Hester Ellis; son, Dwayne Ellis; brothers, Harry and Curt Ellis; stepson, Gary Jackson; and husbands, Paul Jackson and Roy Snodgrass.
Gladys is survived by daughter-in-law, Carolyn Ellis of Ohio; grandchildren, George (Flora) Ellis and Sharon Ellis of Wooster, Ohio, Brandon (Julia), Cheyenne and Derek Ellis, all of Ohio; great-grandchildren, Zach, Ian, Layla and Hunter; stepsons, John, Doug (Becky) and Larry Jackson; and several nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Gladys was an active member of Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene, where she taught Sunday school for 57 years. She will be greatly missed by all.
Special thanks to Dr. Richard Hayes, Sue Watts and Rhonda Ellis.
Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Frank Goff officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to either Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene, 102 Nazarene Drive, South Charleston, WV 25309 or Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.
Robert Mark Toney, 50, of Cross Lanes, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Thomas Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Lenora of Cross Lanes; his son, David Toney of Nitro; his daughter, Megan Toney of St. Albans; brothers, James Jr. and Jess Toney; and sisters, Jessie McElwayne, Shirley Toler, Kristi Mitchell, Cathy Lusk and LeAnn Richard. Also surviving are his birth mother, Carol Donnally of Florida, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, James and Greta Toney, and one brother, Bobby Donnally.
Memorial service will be held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313, on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., with visitation begining at 6 p.m. The Rev. George Webb will be officiating.
Online condolences may be made at www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.
William Toppings, 76, of Ranger, died April 21, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Little Harts Freewill Baptist Church, Little Harts. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the church. Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, is in charge of arrangements.