Erline Crislip Smith

died March 7, 2013. Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Samuel French Wright, 59

of Spencer died March 6, 2013. There will be no service or visitation at this time as Sam's wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca L. “Becky” Carpenter, 56

of Spencer, died March 5, 2013, in CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

            Becky was an LPN. She was a long time employee of Roane General Hospital, Spencer. She was a graduate of the Arch A. Moore, Jr. Vo-Tech Center and Spencer High School.

            Survivors include her husband, Mike Carpenter of Spencer; two sons, Chad Carpenter of Spencer and Jason Carpenter of Hardington, OH; four grandchildren, Maddison Starr Carpenter, Timothy Michael Carpenter, Lane Charles Carpenter and Christopher John Carpenter; two brothers, Edward Price of Spencer and Mike Price of Murrell’s Inlet, SC; one sister, Patty Schoolcraft of Gandeeville.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleon Price and Doris Haddox Price Carper; one sister, Judy Price.

            A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 10 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Justin S. Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Memorial Cemetery, Spencer. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Renee Nicole Honaker, 29

of Left Hand, died March 1, 2013, in the CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.

            She was born May 12, 1983 at Charleston, the daughter of Larry Dennis and Eugenia Mae Vance Cook of Left Hand.

            Renee was a homemaker and mother. She was a dog groomer at Pet Land. She was a graduate of Roane County High School. She enjoyed singing and animals, especially dogs.

            In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Todd Honaker; daughters, Emily Prunty and Molly Honaker at home; half-brother, Larry D. Cook, Jr. of TN; half-sister, Tammy Berringer of AZ; maternal grandfather, Charles Vance of NC; paternal grandmother, Juanita Cook of Left Hand; maternal aunts and uncles, Vickie and Mark Nettle of Clinton, OH, Ernie and Beck Vance of Dover, OH, Jerry and Cindy Persall of Akron, OH; paternal aunts and uncles, Shirley Tawney of Left Hand, Sharon and Jarrett Smith of Newton, Shelly and Larry Carper of Left Hand, Gary and Bonnie Cook of Left Hand; many cousins.

            She was preceded in death by a half-brother, Chad Vance; maternal grandmother, Bessie Vance Persall; paternal grandfather, Charles Cook.

            A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 8 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial will be in the J. Herbert Smith, Sr. Family Cemetery, Vineyard Ridge. Friends may from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Ruby Marie Bailey, 90

of Spencer, passed away after a short illness on Monday at the home of her daughter with family by her side.

            She was born December 4, 1922 at Walton a daughter of the late Columbus and Pearl Jackson Starcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bailey; son, Roger Scott Bailey; sister and brother-in-law, Thelma S. and Stanley Morrison.

            Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ed Elswick of Charleston; grandson and his wife, J. Ryan and Monica Elswick of Louisville, KY; granddaughter and her husband, Erika and Steve Smith of Charleston; two great grandchildren, Sadie and Eli Elswick.

            Marie was a homemaker and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Spencer.

            Friends may visit the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 8. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Spencer, with Pastor Doug Sandy officiating. Burial will be in the Spencer Memorial Cemetery, Spencer.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Spencer or HospiceCare at www.hospicecarewv.org

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Betsy Lupton Atkins, 57

of Spencer, passed away at home March 1, 2013 after an extended illness. Betsy was a devoted wife, mother, and educator to the children of Roane County for over 27 years.

Originally from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, Betsy came to Roane County to become a teacher in 1979. In 1983, she married James “Jim” Atkins, and soon welcomed two sons James “Jamie” and Christopher.

Her devotion to her adopted home, where she would spend the next 34 years of her life, became apparent through her dedication to the children and youth of Roane County through her work at Spencer Elementary School.

Betsy’s involvement in the community often took her outside of the classroom. She was involved with various P.A.T.C.H. programs and even served several summers as the Manager of the Spencer City Pool.  Additionally, Betsy and Jim most recently attended Gilboa Baptist Church.

Betsy was preceded in death by her father Edward Lupton, and is survived by her husband Jim, son James and his wife Chelsey of Winfield, son Christopher and wife Allison of Huntington, her mother Shirley Lupton of Willow Grove, P.A., brother Dennis Lupton and his wife Brenda of Huntington Beach, C.A. and her niece Jessica Surface and husband Gabriel of Baton Rouge, L.A..

Friends may call between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 with Pastor Larry Greathouse officiating.  All services will take place at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, with interment at Eventide Cemetery in Spencer

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Betsy’s honor to a Scholarship Fund care of Poca Valley Bank.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Debra “Debbie” LeNar Stalnaker, 61

of Spencer, went home to be with our Lord on February 27, 2013, following a short and unexpected illness.

            She was born November 21, 1951 in Spencer, the daughter of Nada Goff Stalnaker Camp of Spencer and the late Marvin F. Stalnaker. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Walter E. Camp; grandparents, Fenton and Opal Stalnaker and Jeff and Orla Goff; aunt, Wanda Lee Stalnaker White; two uncles, Paul D. Stalnaker and William “Son” Stalnaker.

            Debbie was a Christian and loved her family more than anything. She graduated from Spencer High School with the class of 1969 and received her Board of Regents degree from WVU. She was employed by Roane County Schools as a substitute teacher and after school tutor. She loved teaching and helping children. She was a member of the Alexander Baptist Church. She enjoyed sending cards to those that needed prayer. She was also a member of the Executive Committee of Roane County Republicans, the Roane General Hospital Auxiliary and the All Roane County Band.

            In addition to her mother, survivors include three brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Charlotte Stalnaker of Omaha, NE, Marvin “Stormy” and Charlotte Stalnaker of Spencer, Robert and Sheila Camp of Collierville, TN; one sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie Camp Rader and Russell of Charleston; four nephews, five nieces, 11 great nephews, five great nieces; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Although Debbie had no children of her own, she loved all of her nieces and nephews equally as such.

            A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Garry L. Bowen and the Rev. Andy Kinder officiating. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Friends may call two hours before the service on Monday.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Benefit Sing for the Andy Kinder family. Please make checks payable to Andy Kinder and mail to Carolyn Scarbro, 265 Looney Fork, Left Hand, WV 25251.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Bessie E. Kyer, 78

of Palestine WV, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Camden-Clark Hospital in Parkersburg. She was born September 24, 1934 at Nicut, Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Seldon and Lydia Rogers Parsons. Bessie attended the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, and loved cooking, sewing, gardening, and singing.

Survivors include her husband, Grant Kyer of Palestine; children and their spouses, Robert and Shirley Kyer of Palestine, Betty and Randy Deem of Leroy; sisters, Maysel Kyer of Leroy, and Goldie Jeffers of Canton, OH; and a brother, Vear Parsons of Canton, OH. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Deem of Ripley, Maria Richards of Leroy, Matthew Deem of Parkersburg, Angel Whited of Palestine, and Jeremy Kyer of Louisville KY. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Levi McCune, Skyler, Hannah, Hallie, and Isabelle Deem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger Kyer; and a brother, Denver Parsons.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 pm at the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth with Rev. Dean Ash officiating. Interment will follow in Good Hope Cemetery, Reedy. Friends may call from 6-8 pm Friday at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Online condolences may be expressed at taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Helen Marie Rhodes Pack, 77

of Teays Valley, passed away February 27, 2013, at Putnam Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 25, 1935, in Roane County, she was a daughter of the late Kenna and Myrtle Rhodes.

Surviving are her daughters, Joyce Ann, Pamela and Patricia. Also surviving are her sisters, Margaret Croson of Hurricane and Ella Mae Garner of St. Albans; and her brothers, Ernest Rhodes of Teays Valley and Estel Rhodes of St. Albans.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, with the Rev. Bobby Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Ferrell Cemetery, Vickers Ridge, Roane County.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences may also be made by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

Ethel Virginia Facemyer, 86

of St. Albans, born in Walton, went to be with the Lord on February 27, 2013.

She was born January 27, 1927, in Walton, and was a daughter of Harold E. and Lessie G. Fowler Starcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond Lee; and two brothers, Herbert and John Starcher.

Ethel was a Christian and loved her family more than anything.

She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, George A. Facemyer; children, George (Pam) Facemyer Jr. of Reedy, Harold Facemyer of Hurricane, Stephen (Junora) Facemyer of Culloden and Sandra (Robert) Lacy of Poca; sister, Dorothy Ray of Charleston; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ethel's life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.casdorphandcurry.com.

Dale Wayne Grudier, 70

 of Spencer, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born July 10, 1942, in Charleston, a son of the late Murl Dale and June Lorema Grudier. He was retired as a waste water treatment plant operator on Long Island, N.Y., and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Cook Grudier; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dale Wayne and Paula Grudier of Long Island, Steven Lee and Christi Grudier of Pennsylvania and Kenneth Owen and Vanessa Grudier, also of Long Island; a brother, Danny Lee Grudier of Harrisville; and nine grandchildren.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 28, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, near Spencer.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, at the funeral home.

Ruth Faye Boggs, 80

of Spencer, died Feb. 25, 2013. Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the funeral home.

Jack F. Harris, 71

of Spencer, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

                He was born May 22, 1941, at Vicars, a son of the late Earlen Lawton and Elsie Gay Rhodes Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dollie West and Faye Hammons; three brothers, June, Pete and Raymond Harris.

                Jack was a disabled auto body repairman at the Chevrolet garage, Spencer.

                Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dottie J. Shaffer Harris of Spencer; children, Daniel Harris and Mistie DePue both of Spencer; one granddaughter, Holly DePue of Spencer; three sisters, Jeanette Anderson and Myrtle Taylor both of Gandeeville, Mary Anderson of Harmony.

                A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28 in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Ferrell Cemetery, Vicars Ridge. Friends may call two hours before the service on Thursday.

                Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Cloyde W. “Billy” Jarvis, 92

of Newton, died peacefully Sunday February 24, 2013 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

                He was born October 3, 1920 at Newton, the son of the late Thomas Bert and Nettie Noe Jarvis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sylvia Hensley Jarvis on September 25, 1998; their infant daughter; his second wife, Edith Vineyard Jarvis on December 17, 2012; siblings, Pauline Deibel, Dixie Finley, Nancy Bell, Garnet Hensley, Herbert Jarvis, Kelsey Jarvis, Lewis Jarvis, Lucy Chase and Hazel Miller.

                Billy was a retired supervisor of Elem Metals, Alloy and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He resided in Oak Hill for several years before moving back to Newton in 2005. He was a member of the Newton United Methodist Church and a 60 year Mason, having been raised in June 1952 at Oak Hill Lodge No. 120, A.F. & A.M. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Linden Lodge No. 83, A.F. & A.M. and the Linden Chapter No. 152, Order of the Eastern Star.

                Surviving are his stepchildren, Neal Vineyard and his wife Carole and Nancy Cottrell and her husband, Jackie; step grandchildren, Neal Vineyard, Jr., Michele King, Jay Cottrell, Misti Naylor Kristi Burdette and Michael Vineyard; step great grandchildren, Brittany, Casey, Emily, Brianna, Alexis and Olivia; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from both marriages.

                A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 27 in the Laurel Point Cemetery, Newton, with the Rev. Dr. Basil A. Hensley officiating. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

                In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

                Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Harriet Patton Fisher

passed away Friday, February 22, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House, West South Charleston.

Harriet was born October 18, 1924, in Roane County, the daughter of the late Ben and Clellia Patton.

She is survived by her husband, F. Ronald Fisher; and her son, Ron Fisher of Charlotte.

She was a loving mother to her daughter the late Karen Fisher Carte. Harriet is also survived by her grandchildren, Kimberly Carte Bentley, Jamie David Carte and Brian Pauley; as well as four great-grandchildren.

The family offers special thanks to the Hubbard Hospice House for their loving care and support.

Friends and family may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans. Graveside service will be held immediately after visitation at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Hubbard Hospice House, 4605 McCorkle Avenue, SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

John B. Smith, 87

of Newton went home to be with the Lord he loved and served on Thursday, February 21, following a short illness.  He was 87.  John was surrounded by many members of his family at the time of his passing.

John was born in Newton, November 10, 1925, the eldest son of Albert and Maggie (Tawney) Smith.  He spent most of his youth in Newton, although the family did live in Spencer for a few years, while Albert served as county jailor.  The family returned to Newton in 1939 and built the family home where John and his wife Ronda lived until the time of his death.

John left home at age 16, taking on a job in the Newport News, Virginia ship yards.  In October 1943, with the U.S. involved in World War II, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  Following training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, he was enrolled in the electrical training program at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  In August 1944, he was shipped to Gamadodo, New Guinea, where he was assigned to the crew of LCT-1321, a landing craft tank that served the Pacific Theater.  John spent nearly two years in the Pacific as an Electricians Mate before closing out his Naval career at the Mine Warfare Test Station in Solomons, Maryland.  Throughout his life, John was grateful to have had the opportunity of serving his nation even during one of the most perilous times in America’s history.  He proudly wore a variety of U.S. Navy, Amphibious Forces and WWII caps wherever he went.

After returning home, John enrolled in welding school in Cleveland, Ohio.  Throughout his life, he was able to use this skill in a variety of jobs.  While working in Charleston, John began to date Ronda Ellis, also of Newton, whose father Lee had once served as John’s grade school teacher.  The couple quickly fell in love and was married on November 25, 1954.  John liked to joke that his father in law had whipped him while serving as John’s teacher.  John would say, “So I married his oldest daughter to get even with him.”

John and Ronda moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1955, where John found a good welding job and Ronda held a position with the Goodyear Rubber Plant.  In February 1957, their first child, John Mark, was born.  While living in Akron, Ronda invited John to begin attending the Akron Baptist Temple with her.  After several visits there, John gave his heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ and his life was forever changed.

Not long after his conversion, the family moved to Pontiac, Michigan, where John enrolled at Midwestern Baptist College, under the tutelage of Dr. Tom Malone.  In August 1961, the couple had their second child, Beth Ann.  Following John’s graduation at Midwestern, the family returned to Charleston where John started Faith Baptist Church.  After several years of pastoral service there, the family returned to Pontiac, Michigan, where John again worked as a welder and the family became involved with Emmanuel Baptist Church.

In 1969, John accepted the pastorate of the First Baptist Church of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, where he served for three years.  He later started Keystone Baptist Church in Washington, Pennsylvania, with a handful of families who had a desire to create a Christ-honoring church.  John served that church until his retirement in 1996.  He received the title of Pastor Emeritus of Keystone Baptist Church at that time.  While in Pennsylvania, Ronda worked as a special reading instructor in the Canonsburg Public School system and later as a fifth grade teacher at Library Christian School in Library, Pennsylvania.

It was through the influence of John and the Keystone Baptist Church congregation that two churches were initiated in the nation of Argentina.  Fundamental Baptist Church, which recently celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, is pastored by Al Mular, a dear friend of John’s and the Smith family.  In addition, Neuquen Baptist Church in Neuquen, is pastored by Al’s son in law, Gustavo Lopez.  These churches are a testament to John’s legacy of church planting and influencing communities with the Gospel.

Upon retirement, John and Ronda returned to their hometown, taking up residence in the Smith family home place.  They spent many months totally refurbishing the home, which is today a beautiful centerpiece of the Newton community.  John loved the people of Newton and Roane County.  His son Mark once noted that whenever they were out, his dad would inevitably introduce him to someone as “a cousin.”  Mark said, “I think my Dad believed himself to be related to most of Newton and about half of Roane County.”  John and Ronda loved to visit with their friends and loved ones, always honoring their Savior in every way.  John had a true heart for people and was beloved by many.  During their time in Newton, they have attended Cornerstone Baptist Church.  Pastor and Mrs. Roy Huffman of Cornerstone are counted as steadfast friends of the Smith family.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father and by three siblings: Mary Louise (Yoak), Robert Lincoln, and Carolynn Sue (McLaughlin).  He is survived by one sister: Jo Ann (Atkinson) of Spencer and Brandon, Florida.  John is also survived by Ronda, his sweet wife of fifty-eight years,  as well as his two children: Mark (Lynchburg, Virginia) and Beth (Boulder, Colorado).  He was known as Uncle Johnny to his many nieces and nephews.  He was privileged to perform the wedding ceremonies for a variety of his relatives and to lead many of them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  At the end of John’s life, it can be said that he honored God and was a wonderful example of Christian service to all who knew him.

On a final note, the family has chosen to bury John with a few mementos that defined him as a man.  He will be buried with: one of his Bibles, a photo of himself with his wife Ronda, and one of his WWII caps.  Finally, John will also be buried with a paper towel in his front trousers pocket.  In life, John, who loved to work with his hands, could invariably be found with a dirty paper towel in his pocket, signifying a good day’s work he had accomplished.

Funeral services will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Newton at 11:00 a.m., on Sunday, February 24.  A family visitation will be at the church on Saturday evening between the hours of 6:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m.
 
Burial, with military honors accorded by the U.S.Navy Honor Guard, will be in the Smith Cemetery, Uler Road, Newton.
John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Eugene Cole, 86

 of Spencer WV, died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in the Roane General Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.

He was born April 4, 1926 at Gauley Bridge, a son of the late Aaron and Mary Valentine Cole.

He was a retired employee of Colombian Vice, Bedford, OH. Eugene was an avid sportsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a proud Navy veteran, having served during World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, L. Marie Cole; and his brothers, Levi, William Howard, Wilsie, Guy, Carmel, Joe, Richard, Gordon, and Robert.

He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Shirley and Dave Porter of Tuscaloosa AL, Sharon and Ralph Nussbaum of Colorado Springs CO, and Mary Jane and Mike Page of Streetsboro OH; and a sister, Lucille Schoolcraft of Medina OH. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February, 23 at 2 pm, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Perrine officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will be in Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be expressed at taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

William Roscoe "Wormy" Clarkson, 58

William Roscoe “Wormy” Clarkson, 58, of Clover, West Virginia, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Memorial Division in Charleston, West Virginia.

He was born November 21, 1954, a son of the late Ronford and Margie Mae Conner Clarkson.

He was self-employed as a mower for the Roane County Board of Education for several years and was formerly a pipeliner. He enjoyed hunting, trout fishing, and attending the West Virginia High School Wrestling Tournament.

He is survived by a daughter, Amy Michelle Clarkson of Clover; and a son, William Cody Clarkson also of Clover.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Kay Clarkson; and a brother, Robert “Heavy” Clarkson.

Service will be at noon on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia with Rev. Danny Whited officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery. Visiting is Thursday from 10:30am until time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Raider Athletic Club, 1 Raider Way, Spencer, WV 25276.

Wanda Gayle Smith, 63

 of Walton, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at home, following a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Burl Ashley; and sister, Judy Ashley.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Lee Smith; mother, Dorothy Faye Ashley; sons, Matthew Scott Myers of Cottageville, Jason Lee Smith of Walton; daughter, Tammy Renee Smith of Walton; brothers, Danny and Dale Ashley of Clendenin; and grandchildren, Nathan, Samantha and Dustin.

Wanda's funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Matics Funeral Home in Clendenin with Pastor Roy Alvin Smith and Pastor David A. Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Smith Family Cemetery in Walton. Her family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed on line at www.maticsfuneralhome.com.

Ronald F. Hanshaw, 80

of Spencer, died February 16, 2013 after an extended illness.

He was born December 25, 1932 in Racine, a son of the late Elmer C. and Georgia Meeks Hanshaw. Ronald was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed picking berries and digging ginseng. He was also a former employee of the City of St. Albans.

Ronald is survived by one brother, Johnnie E. Hanshaw of St. Albans. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Elmer C. Hanshaw Jr., Ralph D. Hanshaw, Robert L. Hanshaw, Anthony “Tony” Hanshaw, and William G. Hanshaw; Sisters, Rosemary Cantrell, and Connie Sue Lovelace.

Ronald’s body has been cremated, and there will be no services.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Mary Alice Icenhower, 73

of Walton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 11, 2013, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was a homemaker. Mary was the daughter of the late Henry Arthur and Ida Holstine Arthur. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Junior W. Icenhower Sr.

She is survived by her sons, Bobby Lee Icenhower and Junior Wilson Icenhower Jr., both of Walton; daughter, Rose Mary Faulkenburg of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and sister, Helen Gleason of Clarksburg.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, February 14, at Matics Funeral Home, Inc., Clendenin, with Pastor Allen Wayne Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Icenhower Cemetery, Elkview.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, at the funeral home.

Robert L. “Heavy” Clarkson, 60

 of Clover, died at 8:17 p.m. Sunday February 10, 2013 in the CAMC – General Hospital, Charleston.

            He was born October 28, 1952 in Parkersburg, a son of the late Ronsford Nelson and Margie May Connor Clarkson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Jean Clarkson.

            Heavy was the retired owner and operator of the Clover Café. He was a graduate of Spencer High School.

            Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Corrie and Jane Clarkson of Spencer; three granddaughters, Kaitlyn Paige, Mikalah Marie and Kylie Shea Clarkson; a brother, William “Wormy” Clarkson.

            A funeral service will be held at noon Thursday, February 14 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Daniel R. “Danny” Whited officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call from 10:30 until noon Thursday.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Dexter Gale Cottrell, 95

of Chandler, AZ died 02/03/2013 in Chandler at his son’s home.

He was born September 25, 1917, the only son of Charles S. and Dulcie G. (Lowe) Cottrell.  He was raised in the Speed/Spencer WV area, graduating from Spencer High School in 1938.  In 1941 he married Violet Graham Duffield.  Mr. Cottrell worked for various companies including the Varner Company in Parkersburg and Imperial Ice Cream Company before World War II.  Dexter served in the Army in Europe (Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe) for the 127th Ordinance Medium Maintenance Company from December 15, 1942 to December 3, 1945.  He received a Good Conduct Medal, European African and Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, and Rifle Sharp Shooter.

After the war, Gale, as everyone called him, opened Gale Woodworking Corporation on Market Street in Spenser where he made custom cabinets, store fixtures and upholstered many pieces of furniture, some of which he made.  In 1963, the Cottrell’s moved to Highland, CA. where Dexter worked and retired from the Furniture Restoration Department of the Harris Department Store.  Mr. Cottrell moved to AZ in 2008, two years after his wife’s death.

Dexter is survived by one son, David and daughter-in-law, Regina of Chandler, AZ, three grandchildren and two great-grandsons, a brother-in-law, Robert Duffield of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two siblings, Loretta Davis and Emmoneal Davis, and his loving wife of 64 years, Violet.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Daniel R. “Danny” Whited officiating. Burial,  with military honors accorded by the West Virginia Honor Guard, will be in the Swank Cemetery, Speed. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

James E. Kee, 83

formerly of St. Albans, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

James was born in Harmony, W.Va., to the late Fritz and Zona Ellis Kee.

James was retired from the Kanawha County School System. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW. James was raised in Harmony, W.Va., where as a child at the age of 12, became a member of the Harmony Baptist Church and later became a Sunday school teacher at the church. James was also known to attend services at Bethany Baptist Church in Charleston over the years.

James was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ellis Kee, Joe Kee and Harry Kee; and sister, Othella Fields.

James had no wife or children, but is survived by his sisters, Virginia Knopp (Billy) of Spencer and Mary Raines (Jack) of Warrenton, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A service to honor the life of James E. Kee will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Mausoleum Chapel within Sunset Memorial Park of South Charleston with Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Entombment will immediately follow. Family and friends may visit one hour prior to service.

Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is handling the arrangements.

Lewis Dayton West, 87

of Spencer, died Friday February 8, 2013 in the Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

            He was born June 8, 1925, at Harmony, a son of the late Charles Dennis and Mary Ann Price West. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Oshel, Buell and Otis West.

            Mr. West was a retired employee of Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood. He attended Walton High School and was an Army veteran of World War II. Also, he was a member of the Rush Creek Baptist Church, Spencer.

            Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ada Madeline Smith West of Spencer; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Angala West of Spencer; grandchildren, Amanda Jo West and Bradley Kent West; sisters, Freda Scott and Jewell Boggs and her husband Frank of Spencer, Alice Harper and her husband Gerald of Falling Rock, Virginia Raines and her husband, Darrell of Mineral Wells, Irene Allen and her husband Duane of Uniontown, OH, Marie Starcher and her husband Dave of Morehead, KY; brothers, Charles West, Jr. and his wife Dorma of Spencer, Earl West of Cottageville, Joe West and his wife Irene of Parkersburg.

            A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 12 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the West Virginia Honor Guard, will be in the Swank Cemetery, Speed. Friends may call one hour before the funeral.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Olaf E. Hicks, 86

of Newton, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale, after an extended illness.

            He was born July 1, 1926 at Newton, a son of the late Henry Edward and Sabina Jane Boggs Hicks. In addition to his parents, he was precede in death by his wife, Annie Elizabeth McClain Hicks, 1990; two daughters, Sandra Lee Hicks and Kathy Rae Mitchell; four sisters, Ruby Hicks, Orva Rogers, Velva Jarvis and Thelma Bailey; six brothers, Earl, Lemon, Darrell, Don, Paris and Dillon Hicks.

            Olaf was a retired automobile mechanic and auto body shop repairman.  He was a member of the Uler United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Roane County.

            Survivors include sons, Danny Edward Hicks of Newton, Steve Hicks and wife Sherry of Harrison, Jerry Wayne Hicks and wife Laura of Harrison; daughter, Cheryl Sue Dean and husband Bob of Charleston; 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

            A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 11 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Danny Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Hill Cemetery, Elana. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Walter Newton Luzader, 80

of Orma, Calhoun County, died February 7, 2013 in the Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH.

            He was born December 30, 1932 at Orma, the son of the late Thomas P. and Lillie Gae Rogers Luzader.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jewell Stalnaker.

            Walter was a retired auto mechanic, member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Calhoun County.

            Survivors include two sisters, Grace Baum of Spencer and Erma Cottrell of Arnoldsburg; two nieces, Margaret Waybright and Natalie Atkinson both of Arnoldsburg; nephew, Michael Stalnaker of Walker; one great niece and four great nephews.

            A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Elder George Rose officiating. Burial will be in the Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery, Orma. Friends may call two hours before the funeral.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Geraldine Garrett

She was born June 2, 1933 to the late Marie and Dewey Collins of Morgantown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Zupper of Morgantown and brother, Darrell Collins of Morgantown.

She is survived by one sister, Grace Shingleton of Pittsburgh, PA and one brother, Clyde Collins of California.

 Geraldine is also survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and Bob Morgan of Ohio, Alberta and Mike Randolph of Spencer; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Garrett of Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Sandra Nichols of Spencer, Chris Randolph and wife Angie of Logan, Billy Garrett and wife Sarah of Salem, Randy Randolph and wife Tonya of Reedy, Crystal Linger and husband Stormy of Buckhannon; seven great grandchildren, Austin, Jake and Ailee Nichols, Donovan Garrett, Miguel, Leigha and Zoe Linger; a “soon to be” great grandchild, Callie Randolph; beloved dog, Dimples; special friends, Terry and Stephanie Tolley, who were like a son and daughter to her; and a close friend, like a sister, Mary Hanson; Sandy and Delmas Walker.

Geraldine worked at Roane General Hospital for 15 years. She was a fun loving person, who left a smile on everyone’s face she met. Her hobbies were shopping and going to yard sales. She was a Protestant.

            She will be residing at the Kiser Cemetery, Kentuck.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Nathan Marion Surface, 86

of Left Hand, died at the Golden Living Nursing Home, St. Albans, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

He was born June 6, 1927, in Belle-Quincy, to Robert C. and Etta Hammonds Surface.

Nathan's life was his career in the U.S. Navy, beginning with World War II in 1945, where he served in the Philippines supporting security and the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). He would continue a family tradition, beginning with Adam Tobias Zerfass-Surface, Philadelphia Militia 1775, of serving the government in the field of military/intelligence work. Nathan would also serve during the Korean War and Vietnam conflicts.

Prior to the Navy, at age 16, with advanced mathematical skills, Nathan volunteered for both the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to serve during the Summer of 1943 in Texas and Arizona as a security infiltrator and in engineering support for the Flying Tigers and the innovations of the P-40 engine series.

At age 17, Nathan was recruited to provide math support during the Summer of 1944 for the Manhattan Project. The following year, 1945, as a high school senior, standing at 6 feet 2 inches, he volunteered for the Navy and was eventually placed in the new Data Processing-Machinist Accountant field, joining the first generation of computer operators, programmers and analysts.

With other Navy personnel, he was sent to Europe in early 1946 to study with Alan Turing and returned to continue studies with John Von Neumann and Grace Hopper (the mother of Cobol Computer Programming).

Joining the Masons in 1948, Nathan became part of President Harry S. Truman's Masonic inner circle, including J. Edgar Hoover (FBI) and Allen Dulles (CIA), which opened more doors to secret computer projects.

Nathan married Nora Victoria Belle (Tabor) Underwood on June 10, 1951. He would have three sons, Dr. Robert R., David M. and Samuel Charles (deceased, 1960).

He was stationed at a variety of Naval sites, to include the Washington, D.C., area, 1946-1953; the Ohio Great Lakes Naval Station, 1954-1955; returned to the Washington, D.C., area, 1955-1959; transferred to North Island, San Diego and the Pacific Fleet, 1959-1962; but was always associated with computers and top secret projects, and even working part time for such "think tanks" as the RAND Corporation. He refused higher officer rank to avoid sea duty in order to remain Chief Petty Officer on land in support of Naval Computer Operations and its top secret scientific projects.

Transferred in late 1962 to PAMI CONUS Bainbridge Naval Training Center, Nathan's computer room played a key role in simulation, operations and communications during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Following his active retirement on February 6, 1968, Nathan joined the Civil Service and the Department of the Navy, where he assisted in the pioneering of DARPA-ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet, while also assisting in the innovation of various other computer hardware/software advancements.

In addition to his Navy-mathematical-scientific skills, Nathan was a superb athlete in various sports, to include football, ice hockey, boxing and bowling, and received various offers to turn professional in each sport, but remained in his beloved Navy family until Civil Service retirement on July 17, 1982.

He was also an expert guitarist, playing with such greats as Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark and for various Navy and charity functions, turning down repeated offers to turn professional.

Nathan was proud of his Jewish roots and was a volunteer religious teacher for various religious groups, to include both the Church of God Pentecostal and Baptist organizations.

Nathan was proud of being a volunteer co-founder of Special Education and the Special Olympics, supporting the Kennedy-Shriver families.

Retiring to Left Hand in 1982, Nathan also co-founded the Newton Volunteer Fire Department with Doyle Tawney, even becoming a volunteer fireman despite his advanced age.

He would spend nearly 30 years in retirement working the land he loved.

Nathan is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years of marriage, Nora; his sons, Dr. Robert R. Surface and David Surface; grandson, Nathan J.R. Surface; great-grandchildren, Lavinia, Sonya and Akiva Surface; and his beloved daughter-in-law, Lidia Regalado Surface.

George D. Duncan, 62

 of Gandeeville, died at 4:51 p.m. Tuesday February 5, 2013, at his home.

            He was born April 16, 1950, at Beech, Calhoun County, a son of the late Andy O. and Ethel M. Elswick Duncan.

            Survivors include two brothers, Ottie Duncan of Nicut and Charles Duncan of Spencer; two sisters, Lena Moneypenny of York, SC and Luie Griffith of Spencer.

            A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 9 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Zona. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfunerlhomeinc.com

Ewell Simmons Greathouse, 91

of Spencer, went to be with the Lord on February 4, 2013, at Eldercare of Ripley.

Mr. Greathouse was born April 24, 1921, in Roane County, a son of the late Edgar and Ninevah "Daisy" Simmons Greathouse. He was employed by Monarch Rubber Company for over 42 years, 24 of them as plant manager. He loved farming, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a charter member of Faith Baptist Church.

He is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Bernard and Barbara Greathouse of Hartville, Ohio, Fred and Peg Greathouse, Charles "Pooch" and Beverly Greathouse and Jerry and Jerri Greathouse, all of Spencer, and Terry and Debbie Greathouse of Walton; one sister, Mary Jo Jarvis of Spencer; one brother, Ernest Lakin Greathouse of St. Albans; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Greathouse was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Nola Mae Starcher Greathouse; and two brothers, Edward and Herman Greathouse.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, February 7, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Rick Perrine officiating. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 483, Spencer WV 25276.

Charles David Pettry, 72

of Amma, previously of Richwood, passed away January 30, 2013. Charles was born December 4, 1940, in Kayford, to Harry and Opal Pettry.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired coal miner.

Preceded in death by his son, Charles Lee Pettry in 1985; sister, Madeen Franklin; and brother, Lee Ernie Pettry.

Charles is survived by daughter, Mary Ann (Randy) Boggs of Craigsville; former wife, Barbara Echols of Craigsville; grandsons, Shane (Karla) Boggs of Craigsville and Jason (Amber) Boggs of Fenwick; sisters, Marie Hamrick and Marceline Nida Carroll, both of Spencer; brother, Harry Edward Pettry of Columbus, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren.

He donated his body to WVU Human Gift Registry.

No services are planned.

Kevin Lee Walker, 51

of Spencer, died Feb. 1, 2013. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Helen Faye Toothman, 61

 of Spencer, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at her home.             

She was born June 22, 1951, at Montgomery, the daughter of Ruth F. Brannon Boggs of Spencer and the late Ronzel R. Boggs. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Boggs.             

Helen was a former employee of the Spencer Dairy Queen and Main Street Exxon. She was a 1969 graduate of Spencer High School. Helen loved to crochet and especially spending time with her family.             

In addition to her mother, survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Terri Toothman of Spencer and Robert and Amanda Toothman of Ripley; five grandchildren, Chris, Lane, Kyra, Faith and Gracie; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and June Brannon of Spencer, Ronnie and Connie Boggs of Linden, Randall and Sabrina Boggs of Moorefield, Calvin and Vicki Boggs of Tariff and Estel and Debbie Boggs of Ripley.             

A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, February 5 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. John Boggs officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.             

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Kenneth L. Cottrell, 71

,of Spencer, died Thursday January 31, 2013 at his home.

            He was born May 9, 1941 at Oka, Calhoun County, the son of the late William Ray and Orpha Faye Brannon Cottrell.

            Kenneth was a retired merchant and trader. He was a former employee of Kellwood Co., Spencer and a graduate of Spencer High School.

            Survivors include his maternal aunt and uncle, Ernestine and Kenneth Keaton of Orma; cousins, Sandy Tallman of Newton, Carolyn O’Neal of Oak Harbor, OH, Sharlet Hastings and Travis Simons both of Jodie, Darlene Morris of Maysel, Karla Keaton Stiffler of Las Vegas, NV, Kenneth Vance Keaton of Akron, OH and Emily Brook Keaton of Orma.

            A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb 4 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer with the Rev. Homer H. Hensley officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery, Clover. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the funeral.

            Memorial contributions are preferred to Roane County Animal Shelter, 2550 Parkersburg Road, Spencer, WV 25276.

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Karen Ann Nichols, 54

of Elkview, West Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Division in Charleston, West Virginia.

She was born November 30, 1958 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Robert and Joan Crites Norman. She was formerly employed at the Grandview Restaurant in Spencer.

She is survived by a daughter, Christina Nichols of Charleston; her companion, Rick Hall of Elkview; her step-father, Larry Norman of Parkersburg, West Virginia; three sisters, Kay Crites and Diana Ash, both of Spencer, and Debbie Crites of Ripley, West Virginia; two brothers, Glen and Donald Crites, both of Spencer; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Belinda Fisher; and two brothers, Roger and Robert Crites.

Services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Cemetery near Spencer. Visiting is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Henry Allen Webb, 66

of Spencer, died Jan. 28, 2013. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Clover Cemetery, near Spencer. There will be no visitation or service at the funeral home. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of the arrangements.

Gregory D. Moss, 59

 of Babson Park, Fla., passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013, at his residence, due to heart failure.

He was born September 18, 1953, in Charleston, to the late Doyle and Gloria Moss. He came to the Lake Wales area from West Virginia in 1992. He was a retired banker, a member of Henry's Fork Baptist Church in Tariff and a member of the Linden Masonic Lodge No. 83 AF&AM, Linden. He was an organizer for Leadership Lake Wales and a member of the Noon Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer and attended the Babson Park Community Church. He was a past member of the board of trustees for Webber International University, where he received his honorary doctorate degree. He was also the Lake Wales Citizen of the Year in 2000.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Denise A. Moss; daughter, Amanda Moss of Babson Park; son, Adam Moss of Babson Park; sister, Cheryl Holbrook of Charleston; and brothers, Kevin Pratt of Charleston, Kyle Pratt of High Point, N.C., and David Moss of St. Albans.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m. at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Michael F. King officiating. Burial, with Masonic graveside rites, will be at Clover Cemetery, Clover.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Obituary courtesy of John H Taylor Funeral Home.

Pearl "Sis" Batton Bates, 96

, of Reedy, died Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

She was born February 23, 1916, in Billings, a daughter of the late William and Anna Haught Batton. She was a homemaker and was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church on Cain's Run near Reedy. Pearl was a domestic missionary and helped many local people in times of need.

Pearl is survived by two daughters, Anna Elizabeth Flint of Spencer and Margaret Ellen Platt of Reedy; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchldren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Hamilton Bates, in 2005; a daughter, Mary Lynn Bates Perrin; a son, Earl Stephen Bates; and six brothers.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 24, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Revs. John Price and Garry Bowen officiating. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery, Reedy.

Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 6130, Charleston, WV 25362.

Albert Virgil Parsons, 81

, of Walton, went home to be with the Lord on January 18, 2013, at Roane General Hospital.

Albert was a Korean War Marine veteran. He also retired from Republic Steel Canton, Ohio, after 27 years of service. Albert sang with Harts and Parsons while in Ohio and with Sonbeam Quartet in West Virginia. He attended Walton Union Church.

He was the son of the late Dempsey Russell and Sadie Alma Myers Parsons. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Calvin Brooks Parsons, Wilbert Russell Parsons, Ivan Geary Parsons and Dennie James Parsons; and sister, Emma Lulu Ward.

Albert is survived by wife, Margaret Parsons; sons, Michael A. (Jeanette) Parsons of New Braunfels, Texas, Larry R. (Nancy) Parsons of Calcium, N.Y., Stephen R. Parsons of Spencer and Darren D. (Cynthia) Parsons of Ripley; brother, Donald Ray Parsons of Florida; sisters, Pauline (Richard) Belcher of North Carolina, Dormal A. Godbey of Clendenin, Dorothy (Harvey "Sam") Lewis of Walker and Donnie (Damon) Cline of Charleston; grandchildren, Crystal, Stepanie, Stephen J., Michaelia, Lauran, Jared, Kyle, Carson, Jason, Baylee and Daneah; and great-grandchildren, Adam, Christopher and Hannah.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday January 22, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with Pastor Kevin Jennings officiating. American Legion Post 61 will perform military rites. Burial will be in Dempsey Parsons Family Cemetery Amma.

Visitation will be Monday January 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Thelma Arlene Nichols, 70

, of Liverpool, West Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, West Virginia.

She was born December 24, 1942 in Jackson County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Myrtle Nichols. She was a homemaker and attended the Frozen Camp Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Virginia Milhoan of Liverpool; a brother, Everett Nichols of Liverpool; two nephews, Romie Lee Milhoan and his children, Brandy, Emily, Garrett, and Courtney, and James Calvin Milhoan and his children, James, Jr., Chance, Morgan, and Korbin; and one niece, Kelly Dawn Funk and her children, Luke, Cody, Sierra, and Hunter.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilma T. Nichols; and a sister, Ruth Nichols. A service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia, with Rev. Robert “Bob” Keen officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Peniel, West Virginia. Visiting is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Terrence “Terry” Lee Shaffer, 65

, of Walton, died Monday January 14, 2013 at his home.

            He was a retired machine operator and enjoyed fishing.

            Survivors include his wife, Janet Kay Shaffer of Walton; a daughter, Tonya Kay Tague of Wichita, KS; a son, Terrence Lee Shaffer, Jr. of Margate, FL; mother, Frances Kleps of Rock Creek, OH; three sisters, Evelyn Elivira Johnson, Brenda Sue Mosier and Patricia Kay Lawson; one brother, Robert G. Shaffer, Jr.; five stepbrothers, William, Robert, James, John and Gary Kleps.

            He was preceded in death by his father, William A. Kleps, Sr.

            There will be a family gathering at noon Thursday at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer followed by a service of remembrance. 

            Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Elizabeth "Jean" Ramsey, 81

, of Walton, formerly of Marmet, was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. On January 15, 2013, God called her home to join her son, Roger Ramsey, and mother and dad, Forrest and Nanie Loudermilk.

She retired as a nurse from CAMC Memorial and devoted her life to her children and family.

Survivors include daughter and her husband, Lois Ramsey-Rucker and Larry Rucker of Walton, with whom she resided; son and partner, Joseph D. Ramsey and Lisa Raines of Sissonville; daughter and partner, JoAnne Conley and Charles Johnson; brothers, Douglas and Robert Loudermilk; sister, Norma Payne; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Friday, January 18, at 2 p.m. at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Friends will gather at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ralph E. Miller, 88

, of Spencer, died at 9:25 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2013 in the Miletree Center, Spencer.

            He was born in Charleston, a son of the late Henry and Ethel May Miller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Aulene Starcher Miller; and son Randy Miller.

            Ralph was a retired police officer for the City of Spencer. After retiring from the Police Department, he worked as a dispatcher for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office. He was a former employee of Monarch Rubber Company, Spencer. He was also a member of the F.O.P. and a former member of the Spencer Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.

            Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Costello-Prevatt of Charlotte, NC, Christine M. Keen of Statesville, NC and Marilyn L. Burgess of Landis, NC; one son, Eddie Miller of Spencer; two sisters, Bridgette Higginbotham of Poca and Shirley Humphrey of Charleston; one brother, Denver Miller of St. Cloud, FL; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

            Ralph was proud to have served the city of Spencer and Roane County for over 30 years.          
            A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer with the Rev. Larry Jones and the Rev. Tom K. McCroskey officiating. Burial will be in the Gandeeville Cemetery, Gandeeville.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

            This obituary is courtesy of John H Taylor Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Oda E. Carpenter, 98

, formerly of Mount Zion, passed away Jan. 4, 2013, at his home in Old Town, Fla., with his family by his side. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with full military graveside rites. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest between the two women he loved, with Masonic graveside rites, at Sand Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Kay Brant, 78

, of Spencer, died January 4, 2013 in the Roane General Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.  She was born October 23, 1935 at Leon, WV, a daughter of the late Emmett C. and Genevieve Ruth Carpenter Snyder.

Kay worked as a nursing assistant at Roane General Hospital, and served as a Brownie Scout Leader for Black Diamond Girl Scout Council. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Alan Brant; a sister, Anna Jane Phillips; her first husband, Glen Brannon; and three special angels who are now in Heaven with their great-granny. 

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Larry (Andrea) Brannon, Mary (Kenny) Johnston, Norma (Kyle) Knopp, all of Spencer, Teresa Brannon of Universal City, TX, Mike Brant of Port Townsend, WA; Brothers, Charles E. Snyder of Spencer, and  John F. Snyder of Appomattox Courthouse, VA; Sisters, Barbara R. Schoyen of Wichita Falls, TX, and Nancy L. Webb of Evans, WV.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Becky McCartha of Gilbert, SC, William K. Byrd of Bremen, GA, Katie Bowen, Jennifer Johnston, and Edward (Melissa) Bowen, all of Spencer.  Great-grandchildren, Skylee Rose Johnston, Jasmin Elvira Bowen, Jada Byrd, Chase Byrd, Taylor McCartha, Adam McCartha, and one on the way.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1pm at Word of Faith Church, Arnoldsburg Rd, Spencer, with Geoff and Wanda Wayne officiating.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to your favorite charity in Kay’s name.  John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is assisting the Brant Family.

Obituary courtesy of John H. Taylor Funeral Home.

Beulah Lee Rhodes, 88

, of Emeritus at Marietta, formerly of Williamstown, died Jan. 4, 2013. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Slate Cemetery, Spencer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Faith Bible Church, Williamstown. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

Isiah Michael Williams

, stillborn son of Christopher and Rebecca Miller Williams of Spencer, died Jan. 3, 2013, at Women and Children's Hospital, Charleston. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Miller Cemetery, Spencer. Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, was in charge of arrangements.

Opal Spencer, 96

, of Buckhannon, formerly of Spencer, passed away on January 3, 2013, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon.

She was born March 4, 1916, at Harmony, a daughter of the late Daniel M. and Lola Kiser Raines. She was retired from the Roane County Board of Education where she was a cook at Spencer Elementary School, was a member of the Roane General Hospital Auxiliary and Rebekkah Lodge and was a Little League baseball volunteer.

Opal is survived by a daughter, Beverly Spencer of Buckhannon; two grandsons and their wives, Tim and April Spencer of Spencer and Mark and Sara Spencer of Barboursville; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Spencer of Barboursville and Aydan and Adyson Spencer of Spencer; one granddaughter, Rick Ann Spencer of Huntsville, Ala.; a sister, Belva Jordan of Toledo, Ohio; and two brothers, Denver Raines of Kanawha City and Darrell Raines of Warrenton, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Spencer (1979); a son, Richard Spencer (1970); three sisters, Wilma Jones, Gae Buck and Dona Ellis; and three brothers, Donald, Dotson, and David Raines.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer with Rev. Garry Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in the Eventide Cemetery in Spencer. Visiting is two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ella Mae Roberts Greathouse, 82

, of Spencer, West Virginia died December 30, 2012 at the Roane General Hospital in Spencer after a long illness.

Ella Mae was born April 10, 1930 in Spencer a daughter of the late Bronce and Ruth McCauley Roberts. During her lifetime, Ella Mae held several jobs including telephone operator, Staats Drug and as a cook for the Roane County Board of Education. She always considered her primary calling as that of wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of the First Advent Christian Church of Spencer.

Ella Mae loved flowers. She was an avid reader and was always there with an abundance of love for her family. She shall in deed be sorely missed.

She is survived by daughters, Becky and Marlin Benson of Ripley, West Virginia and Mendy and Chris Milhoan of Reedy, West Virginia; son, Robert J. and Susan Greathouse of Billings, West Virginia; two grandsons, Casey Benson of Ripley and Caleb Greathouse of Billings; four granddaughters, Cassie Greathouse of Billings, and Kelsey, Mariah and Neveah Milhoan, all of Reedy; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Greathouse; one sister, Nelda Gregg of Vienna, West Virginia; and two brothers, Bill Roberts of Hayesville, North Carolina and Danny B. Roberts of Ripley.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, with Pastor Jim Shamblin officiating. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Anthony J. Griffin, 73

, of Reedy, died Monday, December 31, 2012 in the Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

            He was born January 8, 1939, in Chicago, IL a son of the late Ambrose Edward and Ann Elaine Avington Griffin.

            Mr. Griffin was a retired geologist in the oil and gas industry. He was an Army Green Berets veteran.

            Survivors include his wife, Judy Lewellen Griffin of Reedy; step daughters, Angie Lewellen of Reedy, Debbie Pardal of North Carolina and Holly Shepherd of New York; four step grandchildren; brother, Maurice Griffin of Ellamore; sisters, Mary Halpin of Denver, CO, Carolyn Stevens of Northfield, VT, Pat Shadis of Edgecomb, ME and Priscilla McMurray of Buckhannon; nieces and nephews; in 2005 Tony welcomed Scott, his wife, Nicole and four grandchildren into his family.

            There will be no service or visitation. Tony has been cremated and burial will be at a later date.

            The family has requested that memorials may be sent to Judy L. Griffin, c/o John H. Taylor Funeral Home, P.O. Box 41, Spencer, WV 25276.
       Online condolences may be sent to www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

C. Benny Harper, 73, of Gandeeville

, West Virginia died December 30, 2012 at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, West Virginia.

He was born April 1, 1939 in Boone County, West Virginia a son of the late James harold and Opal Boggs Harper. Benny was a 1957 Walton High School graduate and owned and operated Peggy’s Inn in Gandeeville for over 34 years. He was a member of the Walton Volunteer Fire Department, formerly worked at the Spencer State Hospital and enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by one daughter, Lisa A. Harper Bissell; two grandchildren; one sister, Betty Deel of Cottageville, West Virginia; and one brother, Gail Harper of Dunbar, West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, Benny was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Sue McCroskey Harper and a sister, Carol Ann Harper.

Services will be held at 11:00am Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, with his brother-in-law, Rev. James Deel officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The body will then be cremated with burial taking place at a later date in the Clover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help with funeral costs.

Farris Gene Jett, 64, of Amma

, West Virginia died December 30, 2012 at his home.

He was born January 17, 1948 in Roane County, West Virginia a son of Georgie Runnion Jett of Clendenin, West Virginia and the late Richard Jett. He worked as a brick and block mason.

He is survived by one daughter, Ammy Crookshanks of Concord, North Carolina; two sons, Kevin and Farron Jett, both of Amma; two sisters, Marvine McQuillen of Clendenin and Rhonda McGlothlin of Poca, West Virginia; three brothers, Richard Timothy Jett of Amma, and Delmas and Sam Jett, both of Oak Island, North Carolina; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00pm Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, West Virginia. There will be no service

Earl F. “Jack” Bunner, 82, of Left Hand

, died December 29, 2012, in the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

            He was born July 13, 1930 in Royal Oak, MI, a son of the late Earl Francis and Ethel Ferrell Bunner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Harry C. “Rusty” Rose, Jr.

            Mr. Bunner was a retired U.S.A.F. veteran. He was a former employee of the Spencer State Hospital, Starcher Motors, Inc., and NAPA. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21, Spencer. Also, he was a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 10 both in Manistee, MI. He enjoyed woodworking.

            Survivors include his wife, Jeannette W. Bunner of Left Hand; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Joe Parrish, Deborah and Eddie Nelson all of Louisville, KY; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Clara Bunner of Tell City, IN, Geary and Loris Bunner of Spencer, Kenneth and Nama Bunner also of Spencer, Donald and Gladys Bunner of Elkview; stepdaughters, Sandra Wood of Looneyville and Gail Rose of Maine; stepsons, Robert Rose of New York and Pete Rose of Pittsburgh, PA; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Mike Bunner of West Branch, MI; sisters, Rebecca Lee of West Branch, MI and Gloria DePasquale of Martins Ferry, OH.

            A funeral service will be held January 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Randy Whited officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be held January 4 at 1:45 p.m. in the Donel E. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-7 pm Thursday.

  Marshall O. Drake, 72, of Kimbolton, OH,

 died December 29, 2012, in the Southeast Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge, OH, after a long battle with cancer.

            He was born February 16, 1940, at Mud Fork, a son of the late Otha Orrin and Opal Maysel May Drake.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Duane Junior Drake; a daughter, Tammy Leach; two grandchildren; brother, Raymond Drake; sisters, Paulene McCourt and Ruth Drake.

            Marshall was a retired employee of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, with 32 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and most of all, his family.

            Survivors include his wife, Charlotte “Sammy” Drake; a daughter, Karla Sue Hibbard of Cambridge, OH; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jackey Drake of Big Otter, Forrest and Darlene Drake of Maysel, Charles Robert and Mary King of Chloe; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cleo and George Adelman of Rootstown, OH, Imogene and Ed Blacklock of Pie Town, NM, Crickette (Careen) and Don Traxler of Richwood, OH; four grandchildren.

            A funeral service will be held January 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial will be in the Coen Cemetery, Nebo. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the service.

December 26th, 2012

Orel R. “Pete” Raines, 85 - Walton

(12/26/2012) Orel R. “Pete” Raines, 85, of Walton WV, died December 26, 2012 at home. He was born August 19, 1927 at Vicars, the son of Lenox Blackburn and Cora Etta Rhodes Raines.

Pete was a graduate of Walton High School and Morris Harvey College and a retired teacher and principal of Roane County Schools. He was co-owner of the former Walton Shopping Center and a lifelong farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Hughes Raines, son Christopher Paul Raines, granddaughter Katie Wolfe, and siblings Herbert, Howard, Opal, Earl, Freeda, Ruth, Raymond, Faye, and Romma.

Pete is survived by his children: Jeanette (Rick) Atkinson of Reedy, Linda Raines Torre of Charleston, Philip (Tammy) of Walton, Sheila (Rick) Ashley of Scott Depot, Jim (Amy) of Spencer, and Dave (Jana) of St. Albans; sisters: Eloise Raines of St. Albans and Mabel Thomas Romine of Gnadenhutten, OH; 13 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Thelma Hughes of Spencer; special friends Phyllis and Vicki; and faithful companion Willie.

Service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer with Rev. Jerry Board officiating. Burial will be in the Ferrell Cemetery on Vicars Ridge. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.