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Willia Alethia Ayers

OAK HILL - Willia Alethia Johnson Ayers, 88, of Oak Hill died Nov. 30, 1997, in Hidden Valley Health Care after a long illness.

She was a retired postmaster from Harvey and a member of Harvey United Methodist Church and the National Association of Postal Workers.

Surviving: daughters, Patricia Yoney of Parma, Ohio, Janice Dempsey of Boardman, Ohio, Erma Caten of Mandeville, La.; sons, George of Beckley, Tommy of Oak Hill, Ercil of Harvey, Fred of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister, Kathryn Crisp of Oak Hill; 18 grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Harvey United Methodist Church with the Rev. Toni Beecher and the Rev. Gilbert Brewer officiating. Entombment will be in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, and one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Harvey United Methodist Church, c/o Mary Kincaid, P.O. Box 225, Glen Jean, W.Va. 25846.

Ervil H. Baker

Ervil H. Baker, 74, of Charleston died Dec. 1, 1997, in Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness.

He was retired from Kanawha Drug Co., a veteran of World War II and a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Surviving: wife, Glenda Baker; son, Edward Hubert of Nitro; sisters, Ethel Hill of Winston-Salem, N.C., Mary Patton of Romney, Audrey Thacker of South Charleston; brother, Herman Baker of Cross Lanes.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Bill Hoyle officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thomas L. Ballard

Thomas L. "Whitey" Ballard, 68, of Hugheston died Nov. 30, 1997, at Montgomery General Hospital after a short illness.

He was retired from Cabot Gas Corp. with 34 years' service.

Surviving: wife, Melba Proctor Ballard; sons, Thomas Lee of Nicholasville, Ky., Steven Harold of Morgantown; brother, Donald Lee of Hugheston; sister, Betty Johnson and Barbara Tucker, both of Hugheston, Effie Sue Pollard of Tazewell, Tenn.; four grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Gary Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Luella M. Butcher

MIAMI - Luella M. Butcher, 70, of Miami died Nov. 29, 1997, after a long illness.

She was retired from BellSouth Telephone Co.

Surviving: brother, Lee Roy Butcher of Birch River, W.Va.; sisters, Lella Mae Elswick of Talcott, W.Va., Lenore Kessel of Salem, Va., Mary Ellen Taylor of Ravenswood, W.Va., Loretta Jane Lawrence of Enon, Ohio.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville, W.Va., with the Rev. Nelson Harris officiating. Burial will be in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Reba L. Cordle

Reba L. Cordle of Smithers died Dec. 1, 1997, in Montgomery General Hospital after a long illness.

Surviving: husband, Walter D. Cordle Sr.; sons, Walter "Butch" Cordle Jr. of Miami, Mike Cordle of Glasgow, Gary Cordle of Smithers; daughters, Chris Ballard of Cannelton, Linda Joseph of Miami, Sherry Debish of Boynton Beach, Fla., Kim Wilburn of Asheboro, N.C.; brothers, John Lowe of Miami, Dan Lowe of Philippi; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Claude R. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sue Berry Dowis

HOCKESSIN, Del. - Sue Berry Dowis, 67, of Hockessin died Nov. 21, 1997, at Christiana Hospital, Newark, of kidney failure and complications.

She was a native of Webster County, W.Va., a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan Hospital, a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Phi Beta Kappa, Hockessin Community Club and the National Trust for Historical Preservation, and was a retired Delaware schoolteacher.

Surviving: husband, Herbert G. Dowis; daughter, Susan D. Lewis of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Joann Berry Mazzio of New Mexico; brother, Dave Berry of Webster Springs, W.Va.; five grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hockessin Friends Meeting House. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation. Chandler Funeral Home, Hockessin, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either, Delaward Valley Transplant Program, 2000 Hamilton St., Suite 201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130, or to the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation, 4901 Main St., Suite 320, Kansas City, Mo. 64110.

Gretta Freshwater

PARKERSBURG - Gretta Hartleben Freshwater, 82, of Parkersburg, died Dec. 1, 1997, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving: husband, Richard Freshwater; son, Jerry Hartleben of South Charleston; daughters, Juanita Haverstraw of Parkersburg, Janice Maxson of Berkeley Springs, Patricia Estep of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Shirley Oxley of Melbourne, Fla., Melanie Lanham of Johnston, R.I.; stepson, Robert Freshwater of Parkersburg; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. David A. Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Melvin L. Gilbert

LOVELAND, Ohio - Melvin L. Gilbert of Loveland, formerly of Seth and South Charleston, W.Va., died Nov. 11, 1997, at Bethesda North Hospital, Montgomery, after a long illness.

Surviving: wife, Claire Ann Gilbert; son, Frank D. of Loveland; daughter, Kelly Cole of Loveland; sisters, Jary James Spencer of Palm Springs, Calif., Ruth DeSantis and Martha Melli, both of Bridgeton, N.J.; four grandchildren.

Service was Nov. 13, 1997, at Tufts & Schildmeyer Funeral Home, Cincinnati. Burial in Laurel Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati, was private.

Pearl Griffith

HARTS - Pearl Griffith, 85, of Harts, Lincoln County, died Nov. 30, 1997, in Logan General Hospital.

She was a homemaker and a Protestant.

Surviving: sons, Donald Lowe of Dingess, Chester Lowe of Medina, Ohio; sister, Lucy Dingess of Harts; brother, Ray McCloud of Baltimore, Ohio; nine grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville, with the Rev. Sherman Smith officiating. Burial will be in McCloud Cemetery, Harts. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ira Oliver Groves

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Ira Olvier Groves, 76, of Rockville, formerly of Orient Hill, W.Va., died Nov. 29, 1997, in Mount Airy after a sudden illness.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, a former miner and a retired home construction contractor.

Surviving: wife, Bonnie L. Legg Groves; sons, William Frederick "Fred" Groves of Bowie, Richard Lee Groves of Laurel, Darrell Julian Groves of Mount Airy; sisters, Zela Young of Mount Zebo, W.Va., Zada Cole of Suffolk, Va., Anna Bailes of Cottageville, W.Va.; brothers, Willie Groves of Mount Lookout, W.Va., John Groves of Suffolk; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, Dawson, W.Va., with the Rev. Houston Boothe and the Rev. Roy Teubert officiating. Burial will be in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, W.Va.

Ermeth June Harris

Ermeth June Harris, 66, of Nitro, formerly of New Jersey, died Nov. 30, 1997, at Putnam General Hospital, Hurricane, after a short illness.

She was a former employee of Owens-Illinois Glass with 31 years' service and a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving: son, James Allen Harris of Nitro; brother, Cephus L. Hill of South Court, N.C.; sisters, Joneda Hill and Lou Surface, both of Charleston, Sharon Phillips of Palm Bay, Fla.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. John A. Mason officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Myrtle Georgia Hedrick

RONCEVERTE - Myrtle Georgia Hedrick, 78, of Ronceverte died Nov. 30, 1997, at Columbia Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: husband, Truman Hedrick of Rupert; son, Donald G. of Lewisburg; sisters, Reba Mitchell of Rainelle, Lucille Harrah of Manassas, Va.

Service will be 11 a.m. today at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Clintonville, with the Rev. Alvie Edwards officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the chapel. Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances Hickman

RANSON - Mary Frances Oscar Evans Hickman, 85, of Ranson died Nov. 30, 1997, at Shenandoah Nursing Home after a long illness.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Amanda Jane Pennington of Hillsboro, Lucy Persinger of Rainelle, Lennie Sowers of Silver Spring, Md., Betty Beck of Warm Springs, Va., Bertie Chandler of Upper Marlboro, Md., Nadine Hannah of Renick; sons, Samuel Hickman of Lincoln, Va., James Hickman of Rainelle, Charlie Hickman of West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight stepchildren; brothers, Roy Oscar of Marlinton, George Oscar of Cybril, Okla.; sister, Ada Oscar of Mill Creek; 30 grandchildren; 29 stepgrandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton, with the Rev. Norman Alderman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Luther M. Hiles

ORGAS - Luther M. Hiles, 74, of Orgas, Boone County, died Nov. 30, 1997, in Charleston.

He was a retired miner from Westmoreland Coal Co. and an Army veteran.

Surviving: daughter, Beverly Halstead of St. Albans; sons, L.J. and Gary Hiles, both of Cleveland, Jerry Hiles of Orgas; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at White Oak Freewill Baptist Church, Orgas, with evangelist David Cook and the Rev. Ronnie Santonio officiating. Burial will be in Harless Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Barker Hoffman

FAYETTEVILLE - Helen Barker Hoffman, 73, of Fayetteville, formerly of Boomer, died Nov. 30, 1997, in Fayetteville Christian Care Center after a long illness.

She was a retired licensed practical nurse and a member of Boomer Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge 142, Montgomery.

Surviving: daughter, Rosalie Marshall of Fayetteville; brothers, Silas Ratliff of Arizona, John Ratliff of Titusville, Fla., Emmitt Ratliff of Louisa, Ky.; sister, Mary Viola Hooley of Louisa; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Ansted, with the Rev. Roy Crist officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Ansted.

Mabel Mildred Jarrett

Mabel Mildred Jarrett, 89, of Charleston died Nov. 30, 1997, at General Division, CAMC, after a long illness.

She was retired from Purity Bakery.

Surviving: daughters, Marion Butcher of Sutton, Juanita Roop of Charleston; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lawrence W. Keeney

SPENCER - Lawrence W. "Pikey" Keeney, 80, of Spencer died Dec. 1, 1997, at General Division, CAMC, after a long illness.

He was formerly employed in the mining and timber industries throughout Southern West Virginia.

Surviving: brothers, Glenn Sr. of Spencer, Ralph Sr. of Reedy, Ted of Cleveland; sisters, Irene Keeney and Pauline Keeney Burns, both of Twilight, Mary Keeney Rhodes of Michigan.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Michael F. King officiating. Burial will be in Hodam Cemetery, near Spencer. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Madonna Miller Kettering

Madonna Miller Kettering, 68, of Charleston died Nov. 30, 1997, at Memorial Division, CAMC, after a long illness.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and was a retired employee of C&P Telephone Co.

Surviving: husband, Jack Kettering; son, Glen of Warrenton, Va.; daughters, Donna DeBord of Woodstock, Ga., Kay Moore of Morgantown, Jill Taylor of Charleston; sister, Mildred Gilpin of Littleton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral with the Rev. P. Edward Sadie officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30.

Viola E. Block Leppla

OAK HILL - Viola E. Block Leppla, 91, of Oak Hill, formerly of New Ulm, Minn., died Nov. 22, 1997, in Plateau Medical Center after a long illness.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Kathryn L. Snyder of Oak Hill; two grandchildren.

There will be no service or visitation. The body was cremated. Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert W. Lewis

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Gilbert W. "Gibb" Lewis, 87, of Melbourne died Nov. 30, 1997, after a long illness.

He was a former employee of Rose City Press, Charleston, W.Va., was retired from Quality Press and was a member of St. Matthews Epicsopal Church.

Surviving: daughters, Frances Price of Roanoke, Va., Nancy Francisco of Melbourne, Carol Vickers of Columbia, S.C., Deborah Morgan of Morgantown, W.Va.; sister, Anna Mae Simms of Largo; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Thomas Vickers officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Homer May

IVYDALE - Homer May, 89, of Ivydale, Clay County, died Nov. 30, 1997, at home after a long illness.

He was a former miner and railroad track repairman and a former employee of the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Surviving: wife, Vera May of Yanceyville, N.C.; daughter, Mary Starcher of Ivydale; sons, Arley of Cutoff, La., James and Lanty, both of Danville, Va.; brother, Foster of Madison; sister, Goldie Cottrell of Madison; six stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with the Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Jarvis Cemetery, Ivydale. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ida Ellen Snyder McBride

TOLLESBORO, Ky. - Ida Ellen Snyder McBride, 98, of Tollesboro, formerly of Glenville, W.Va., died Nov. 27, 1997, at Maysville Extended Care Facility after a long illness.

She was a licensed practical nurse, a homemaker and a member of First Methodist Church, Wellsville, Mo.

Surviving: daughter, Cleo Likins of Tollesboro.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with the Rev. Gary Knox officiating. Burial will be in Otterbien Cemetery, Glenville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Claude E. McCormick

MIDWAY - Claude E. McCormick, 74, of Midway died Nov. 30, 1997, at Beckley Hospital after a long illness.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Marshall Moore

Josephine Marshall Moore, 102, of Charleston died Nov. 30, 1997, in a Clendenin personal care home after a long illness.

Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Ruth Burns Moyers

PERKINS - Bernice Ruth Burns Moyers, 87, of Perkins, Gilmer County, died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a long illness.

She was a member of Rosedale Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: husband, Byron D. Moyers; daughters, Joy Bourn of Rosedale, Dixie L. Moyers of Perkins, Sharon S. Moyers of Reedy, Barbara A. Eubank of Jane Lew; sons, Raymond G. of Perkins, Brooks of Flatwoods, Melville L. of Normantown; brother, Jack C. Burns of Frametown; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Rosedale Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.

Erma Bridges Muir

WINDSOR, N.C. - Erma Gridge Muir, 89, of Windsor died Nov. 29, 1997, after a long illness.

She was a homemaker, a Baptist and a native of Green Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Surviving: sons, Dale Bridges of Baltimore, Ohio, Nathan Bridges of Windsor, John Bridges of Warner Robins, Ga.; daughter, Alice Deloach of Warner Robins; brother, Kenneth Kincaid of Lanark, W.Va.; sisters, Virginia Plumley of Lanark, Thelma Richardson of Mount Hope, W.Va., Rennie Pugh of Danese, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, W.Va., with the Rev. Ronnie Stapleton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arthur Nathen Pennington

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Arthur Nathen Pennington, 77, of West Chester died Nov. 29, 1997.

He was a former Hamilton District schoolteacher, and a member of the U.S. Submarine Service and of the Pennington Genealogy Research Association.

Surviving: wife, Thelma Holliday Pennington; sons, Herschel and Arthur Jr.; daughter, Judie Fritsch; sisters, Asley Eary and Elsie Syner; brother, Albert; nine grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Shorten & Ryan Funeral Home, West Chester. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where there will be a Masonic service at 7:30.

Thomas Jackson Polin

REEDY - Thomas Jackson Polin, 83, of Reedy died Nov. 30, 1997, at home after a long illness.

He was a self-employed carpenter.

Surviving: wife, Esther Jane Greathouse Polin; daughter, Edna Ruth Sommerville of Reedy; son, Alvin Roy Polin of Genoa, Ill.; sisters, Susie Cottle of Spencer, Ella Ellison of Liverpool; brothers, Russel of Reedy, Joseph of Millersburg, Ohio; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Church, Reedy, with the Rev. Phil Newhart officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, and one hour prior to service at the church.

Floyd Mike Reitmire

LETART - Floyd Mike Reitmire, 55, of Letart died Nov. 30, 1997, at the Pleasant Valley Hospital emergency room.

He was a retired carpenter and member of Carpenters Union Local 1159, Point Pleasant.

Surviving: sons, Floyd Michael of Syracuse, Ohio, John W. of Hawaii, Edward A. of Providence, R.I.; brothers, John S. of Mason, Harry A. Jr. and Walter R., both of Hartford, James C. and Jack A. Sr., both of Letart, Richard A. of New Haven, Thomas C. of Japan; sisters, Erma JoAnn Goulart and Deborah L. Reitmire, both of Hartford; two grandsons.

Service will be noon Wednesday at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, with the Rev. Mike Finnicum officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Andrew Wilson Shultz

Andrew Wilson Shultz, 73, of Belle died Nov. 30, 1997, at Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness.

He was a retired carpenter from Monk Brothers Construction.

Surviving: niece, Kathy Ratliff of Ravenswood; nephews, Charles H., James Lee and Charles Michael Shultz, all of Belle.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle. Entombment will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Glasgow. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

D.L. Simmons

MURRAYSVILLE - D.L. "Dee" Simmons, 68, of Murraysville, Jackson County, died Nov. 30, 1997, at home after a long illness.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a retired supervisor from Kaiser Aluminum, Ravenswood, and a Protestant.

Surviving: wife, Sally Sue Marshall Simmons; sons, Dee Hayden Simmons of Severn, Md., Jerry Warren Simmons of Ravenswood, Jay Wesley Simmons of Bridgeport, Zachariah Simmons at home; daughters, Julia Rene Wise and Regina Ann Fowler, both of Dacula, Ga., Roberta Sue Casto of Ripley; mother, Dollie O. Spencer Simmons of Ravenswood; brother, Burl Simmons of Parkersburg; sister, Oleta Reynolds of Murraysville; 10 grandchildren.

Service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood, with the Rev. Stanley Epling officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Doris Fay Qualls Sovine

HURRICANE - Doris Fay Qualls Sovine, 93, of Hurricane died Dec. 1, 1997, at Clark's Personal Care Home, Milton, after a long illness.

She was a former employee of the Putnam County Board of Education, was retired from the West Virginia Department of Human Services with 30 years' service, was a member of First Baptist Church, Hurricane, former president of the Hurricane Woman's Club, former worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 116, Hurricane, a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Upper Vandalia Historical Society.

Surviving: sister, Lois Coleman of Hurricane; brother, Raymond Qualls of Hurricane.

Service will be 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with Pastor Michael S. Derry and Minister Jim McGehee officiating. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Hurricane Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First Baptist Church, Hurricane, W.Va. 25526.

Minnie Payne Spaulding

Minnie Payne Spaulding, 93, of Charleston, formerly of Dry Branch, died Nov. 30, 1997, after a long illness.

She was a member of Cabin Creek Quilts, Morning Light Quartet and Dry Branch Freewill Baptist Church, where she was choir director.

Surviving: daughter, Helen Hodges of Charleston; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with the Rev. David Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Delphia Stalnaker

HILLSBORO - Delphia Workman Teter Stalnaker, 74, of Hillsboro died Nov. 29, 1997, at Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: son, Roy C. Teter of Elkins; daughters, Rose Ellen Turner of Parkersburg, Debra K. Dean of Hillsboro; brothers, Don Workman of Auto, Homer Workman of Hillsboro, Richard Workman of Weirton; sisters, Imogene Mergogy of San Francisco, Audrey Shifflett of Marlinton, Ruth Mary Simons of Hillsboro; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Hillsboro, with the Rev. Roy Gwinn officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Mae Stalnaker

MARYSVILLE, Ohio - Ruby Mae Casdorph Stalnaker, 86, of Marysville, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Nov. 29, 1997, in Milcrest Nursing Home after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Surviving: sons, Gene of Polk City, Fla., Keith of Cleveland, Larry of Marietta, Ga.; daughters, Geraldine Somerville of Akron, Charlene Minor of Plain City; brother, Earl Casdorph of Charleston; sisters, Garnet Kozelic, Oma Casdorph and Fern Hatcher, all of Charleston; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mannasmith-Hale Funeral Home, Marysville, with the Rev. Earl McCall officiating. Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wilson Cemetery, Newark. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William R. Sweeney III

CLOVER, S.C. - William R. "Willie" Sweeney III, 32, of Clover, formerly of Beckley, W.Va., died Nov. 29, 1997, in a Beckley hospital after being shot during a Raleigh County, W.Va., bar altercation, police said.

He was a self-employed contractor and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles 2377, Mabscott, W.Va.

Surviving: wife, Heather Gordon Sweeney; sons, Stanley, Johnny and Ashton Sweeney, all of Harper, W.Va.; father and stepmother, William R. and Angel Sweeney Jr. of Shady Spring, W.Va.; mother, Carol Daniel Bryant of Lake Wylie; stepfather, Jerry Lilly of Lake Wylie; brothers, Jerry of Shady Spring, W.Va., Jeffrey of Gastonia, N.C., Curtis of Lake Wylie; sister, Peggy Kakavitsas of Charlotte, N.C.; stepbrothers, Erin Lynn Lilly of Lake Wylie, Ryan Lilly of Nashville, Tenn.; stepsister, Anna Bowman of Nashville; maternal grandmother, Ruth Durham of Beckley.

Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, W.Va., with the Rev. Buzz Keller officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Anna Tabor Swepston

MARIE - Anna Tabor Swepston, 89, of Marie, Summers County, died Nov. 30, 1997, after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Marie, and the Marie Friendship Club.

Surviving: son, Jimmy of Mechanicsville, Va.; daughter, Gladys Lilly of Marie; sisters, Mae Gwinn of Lockbridge, Dorothy Tabor of Marie; four grandsons; five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope United Methodist Church with Pastor Sam Groves and Pastor Frank Mick officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Forest Hill. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor, Hinton, and one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Operation Sunshine, c/o Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

William L. VanSant Jr.

HINTON - William L. VanSant Jr., 73, of Hinton died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a long illness.

He was a member of Ascension Episcopal Church, Hinton, and the Hinton Elks Lodge and was a retired teacher from Annandale, Va.

Surviving: wife, Mary K. Fridley VanSant; stepson, Richard Lawrence of Hinton; stepdaughters, Mary Lee Cubbison of Washington, Margaret Peterson of Millersville, Md.; mother, Agnes Brown VanSant of Chapel Hill, N.C.; brother, Marshall of Tuscumbia, Ala.; sister, Carolyn VanSant of Chapel Hill; four stepgrandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ascension Episcopal Church with the Rev. Herb Ellison officiating. Burial will be in Restwood Memorial Gardens, Hinton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor, Hinton, and one hour prior to service at the church.

Bessie Wade

HOLDEN - Bessie Wade, 75, of Holden, Logan County, died Nov. 28, 1997, at home after a short illness.

She was a member of Sulphur Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Holden, Logan County Women's Federated Club, and Guyan Valley Deaconess Council.

Surviving: sons, Calvin Wade Jr. of Holden, Johnnie Wade, Robert Williams of Huntington; daughter, Birder Graham of Chicago; brother, Douglas Hatcher of Birmingham, Ala.

Chatman Funeral Home, Logan, is in charge of arrangements.

Dollie M. Walker

Dollie M. Walker, 92, of Cross Lanes died Nov. 30, 1997, at Valley Health Village, South Charleston, after a long illness.

Surviving: son, Henry S. "Butch" Walker of Dunbar; daughters, Norma Campbell of Cross Lanes, Wanda Legg of Charleston; sister, Virginia Eaves of Bradenton, Fla.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Tim Valentine officiating. Burial will be in John Beane Cemetery, Sissonville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Wamsley

POINT PLEASANT - Robert Wamsley, 71, of Point Pleasant died Dec. 1, 1997, at Pleasant Valley Hospital.

He was retired from Union Barge Lines and from the West Virginia Department of Highways.

Surviving: daughter, Debra Myers of Davisville; sons, Harvey Wamsley of Henderson, Charles "Butch" Wamsley of Sparta, Wis.; sisters, Imogene Huddleston of Richwood, Ohio, Nadine Reynolds of Delaware, Ohio; five grandchildren.

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with the Rev. William "Bill" Banks officiating. Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens, Point Pleasant. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

J. Marvin Wiley

SCOTT DEPOT - J. Marvin Wiley, 82, of Scott Depot, formerly of Logan, died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a short illness.

He was retired owner of Wiley & Nowlan Ashland Oil Agency, Logan, and a member of Baptist Temple, Huntington, Masonic Lodge 99, York Rites Bodies, Scottish Rites Bodies and Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston.

Surviving: daughter, Judy Acker of Scott Depot; stepdaughter, Jeanne Lang of Leesburg, Fla.; one grandson.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Woodmere Cemetery, Huntington, with Jim Davis officiating. There will be no visitation. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Shriners Children's Hospital, Lexington, Ky.

Ruby L. Williams

CAMDEN ON GAULEY - Ruby L. Williams, 50, of Camden on Gauley died Nov. 30, 1997, in Summersville Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: husband, Shirley G. Williams; daughters, Theresa Amos of Craigsville, Jennifer Williams of Camden on Gauley; sons, Jimmy, Jeffery and Franklin, all of Camden on Gauley; sisters, Ruth Brown of Tioga, Marjorie Williams of Camden on Gauley; brothers, Kenneth Johnston of Worth, Junior Jarvis of Craigsville, Bobbie, Dale and Delbert Jarvis, all of Tioga; five grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Alex Williams Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Williams officiating. There will be no visitation. Adams Funeral Home, Cowen, is in charge of arrangements.

Lee R. Young

Lee R. Young, 85, of St. Albans died Nov. 30, 1997, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a long illness.

He was a former miner, a retired employee of FMC with 10 years' service and a member of Landmark Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Surviving: daughter, Loretta Erlandson of St. Albans; sons, Robert Lee and Roger, both of St. Albans; sister, Nina Lewis of St. Albans; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Larry Conway officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Opal Adkins

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Opal Adkins, 62, of North Port died Nov. 30, 1997, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tenn.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving: husband, Robert Adkins; sons, Charles E. Toppings of Big Stone Gap, Va., William A. Toppings of Essex Junction, Vt., Mark S. Toppings of Indianapolis; sisters, Pauline Collins and Flourence Dehart, both of Omar, W.Va.; brothers, Tennessee Adams of West Virginia, Woodrow Adams of Omar, Robert Adams of Logan, W.Va., Grover Adams of Godby, W.Va., Willard and Jerry Adams, both of Mud Fork, W.Va., Larry Adams of Iowa; five grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, W.Va., with Bobby G. Belcher officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, W.Va.

William E. Armentrout

BECKLEY - William E. Armentrout, 68, of Beckley died Nov. 30, 1997, at the V.A. Medical Center, Beckley, after a long illness.

He was a former railroad employee, a former employee of Ed Hall Wrecker and an Army veteran.

Surviving: sons, Robert, Douglas and Rick Armentrout, all of Clearwater, Fla.; brother, James Armentrout of New Mexico; nine grandchildren.

There will be no service or visitation. Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Elizabeth Arthur

VENICE, Fla. - Helen Elizabeth Arthur, 88, of Venice, formerly of Pratt, W.Va., died Nov. 29, 1997, at Bon Secours Venice Hospital.

She was a member of Venice Presbyterian Church and Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving: sister, Virginia M. Johnson of Venice.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, W.Va., with the Rev. Shawn Frame officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, W.Va., In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Montgomery United Methodist Church, 319 Fifth Ave., Montgomery, W.Va. 25136.

William F. Baird Sr.

SOUTHSIDE - William F. "Bill" Baird Sr., 62, of Southside, Mason County, died Dec. 2, 1997, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness.

He was a former employee of the West Virginia Department of Highways and was an independent logger.

Surviving: wife, Virgie Lois Baird; daughters, Mary Bumgardner and Crystal Baird, both of Southside, Melissa Colburn of Gallipolis, Ohio, Cynthia Aeiker of Gallipolis Ferry; sons, William F. Jr. of Henderson, Robert G. of Apple Grove, John D. of Southside; sister, Jean Arnold of Point Pleasant; brothers, Charles Lee and James Randall, both of Southside; 15 grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hambrick Church, Southside, with the Rev. Charles Lee Baird and Pastor Isaiah Crump officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, and one hour prior to service at the church.

Hattie Balser

MANTUA, Ohio - Hattie Balser, 84, of Mantua died Dec. 1, 1997, at Bedford Hospital after a short illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of Mammoth (W.Va.) Advent Christian Church.

Surviving: daughters, Norva Warner of St. George, W.Va., Lou Vernin Citraro of Akron; sons, Gene of Georgia, Ray of Burton, Donald of Mantua, Harold of Akron, James of Canton, Bernard of Mammoth; sister, Dolly Daniels of Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Arch Young Jr. of Tomball, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Mary G. Barber

Mary G. Barber, 70, of Charleston, formerly of Richwood, died Dec. 1, 1997, at Arthur B. Hodges Center after a long illness.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Richwood.

Surviving: son, James Barber of Charleston; daughters, Elizabeth McVay of Toronto, Ohio, Paula Muscatello of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Robert Perkins of Lewisville, Ohio; six grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with the Rev. Timothy Skaggs officiating. Burial will be in Richwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association.

Gilbert R. Bare

RENICK - Gilbert R. Bare, 83, of Renick died Dec. 1, 1997, at Columbia Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, after a short illness.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, a former prisoner of war and a member of Renick Church of God.

Surviving: wife, Theta May Bare; daughters, Doris Gervillious of Hurricane, Patsy Alberts of Munsfordville, Ky., Nancy Brammer of Auto; sons, Sammy and Roy Bare, both of Renick, Eddie Bare of Lewisburg; sisters, Ruth Long of White Sulphur Springs, Audrey Bostic of Lewisburg, Zena Fogus of Renick; 25 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Renick Church of God, with the Rev. Louie McCormick officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Auto. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Alma Crookshanks Bennett

Alma Frances Crookshanks Bennett, 76, of Nitro, formerly of Hinton, died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a short illness.

She was a member of Big Clear Creek Baptist Church, Rupert, a former beautician and a clerk at B&R Discount and Pawn Shop, Cross Lanes.

Surviving: daughter, Frances Bennett Pitzer of Cross Lanes; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with the Rev. Sterling Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Ruby Pearl Sheppard Boggs

SPENCER - Ruby Pearl Sheppard Boggs, 94, of Spencer died Dec. 1, 1997, at Roane General Hospital after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving: daughter, Elah Jan Starcher of St. Albans; sons, Daris Noel of Belpre, Ohio, Harlan Howard of Charlotte, N.C., Mack of Spencer; 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Orland Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Clover Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Van D. Bright

SUTTON - Van D. Bright, 67, of Sutton died Dec. 2, 1997, at home after a long illness.

He was a retired miner and construction worker and a member of Mount Hebron United Methodist Church and UMW.

Surviving: wife, Stella Williams Bright; daughters, Ginnie Anderson of Flatwoods, Beth Barker of Sutton; sons, Dick of Flatwoods, Clarence of Sutton; stepdaughter, Connie Sims of Land O' Lakes, Fla.; sister, Betty Jean Helmick of Gassaway; brother, Elzia Bright of Florida; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods, with the Rev. George Cochran officiating. Burial will be in Knicely Cemetery, Corley. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lottie Brown

FAIRDALE - Lottie Brown, 91, of Fairdale died Dec. 1, 1997, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness.

She was a member of Fairdale Freewill Baptist Church.

Surviving: sons, Alfred of Rochester, N.Y., Edgar of Sandlick, Charles and Noel, both of Glen Daniel; daughters, Thelma Whitlock of Forest, Va., Ramona Covey of Fairdale, Juanita Goldsberry of Flat Top; brother, Kyle Clay of Sissonville; sister, Norma Jarrell of Stickney; 30 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren.

Private service and burial will be Thursday in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with the Rev. Bruce Brown and the Rev. Larry Brown officiating. Melton Mortuary, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph P. Carper

WALTON - Ralph P. Carper, 90, of Walton, Roane County, died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a long illness.

He was a retired employee from Columbia Gas Co., Cobb Station, Clendenin, and a member of Church of the Nazarene, Walton.

Surviving: wife, Clara Helper Carper; stepdaughter, Susie Cummings of Walton; stepson, James Larry Reed of Phoenix; brother, Ray Carper of Akron, Ohio; sister, Mary Rose Smith of Akron; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Chad Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Hubbard Cemetery, Walton. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Grace Christenson

YANKTON, S.D. - Grace Christenson, 97, of Yankton died Nov. 22, 1997, at Sister James Nursing Home.

She attended South State Normal College, received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University, was a retired Kanawha County (W.Va.) teacher and a member of First United Methodist Church, Yankton, Friendship Extension Club, American Association of University Women, Order of the Eastern Star, Yankton, and the Senior Citizens Center.

Surviving: sister, Marie Echelberger of Tabor; two grandchildren.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. today at the Yankton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Deb Larson officiating. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Avon. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. Ray-Lane Funeral Chapel, Yankton, is in charge of arrangements.

Jacqueline Chancey

RIPLEY - Jacqueline Chancey, 72, of Ripley died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a long illness.

She was a housewife, a volunteer at Jackson General Hospital, a member of Fairplain Union Church and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 17, Ripley, and attended Calvary United Metho-dist Church.

Surviving: sons, James L. of Littleton, Colo., Richard E. and Dennie E., both of Ripley, Mark of Aurora, Colo.; brother, John Easter of Fairplain; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, Ripley, with the Rev. Hubert Groves officiating. Burial will be in Fairplain Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Parsons-Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, where there will be an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations either to American Diabetes Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1221-A Ohio Ave., P.O. Box 1115, Dunbar, W.Va. 25064, or to Calvary United Methodist Church, 205 Court St., Ripley, W.Va. 25271.

Opal V. Colebank

Opal V. Colebank, 91, of Cross Lanes died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a short illness.

She was a Protestant and a retired teacher with 44 years' service.

Surviving: sister, Arlene C. Morris of Cross Lanes.

Service will be at a later date. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, is in charge of arrangements.

Roberta L. Conley

Roberta L. Conley, 83, of Rand died Nov. 30, 1997, at Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness.

She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 81.

Surviving: daughter, Margaret Dotson of Hurricane; sons, Donald E. Conley of Rand, Robert P. Conley of Tyler, Texas; sister, Helen McClung of St. Albans; brother, Ellis Rock of Campbells Creek; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Samuel Cale IV officiating. Entombment will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Glasgow. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where there will be an Eastern Star service at 8. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. John United Methodist Church, 5318 Church Drive, Rand, W.Va. 25306.

V. Naomi Frye

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - V. Naomi Frye, 74, of Daytona Beach, formerly of Clendenin, W.Va., died Nov. 28, 1997, at Halifax Medical Center.

She was a retired seamstress and crafts artist.

Surviving: sons, Arnold Frye Jr. of Orange City, William Allen Cole of Jupiter; daughters, Phala K. Head of West Palm Beach, Rebecca A. Schulze of Port Orange; sisters, Helen Beirne and June Knopp, both of Clendenin, Juanita Scott of Ashland, Ore., Ruby Smith of Center Line, Mich., Josephine Reynolds of Elyria, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin, with the Rev. Carl Schulze officiating. Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, is in charge of local arrangements.

Meda Etta Hardway

CLAY - Meda Etta Hardway, 79, of Clay died Dec. 1, 1997, at Arthur B. Hodges Center after a long illness.

She was a member of Clay Community Church.

Surviving: sister, Maxine Skiles of Charleston; brother, Carl Walker of Charleston.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with the Rev. Wallace Hamrick officiating. Burial will be in Boggs Cemetery, Maysel. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Clay Community Church, c/o Mrs. Ruby Morris, Clay, W.Va. 25043.

Veda June Haynes

HILTON VILLAGE - Veda June Haynes, 79, of Hilton Village, Fayette County, died Dec. 1, 1997, at home after a short illness.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Toka Ann Frame of Hilton Village; sister, Pearl DeBoy of Beckley; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted, with the Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. Burial will be in Cemetery Hill Cemetery, Russellville. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Hazel A. Johnson Hinkle

Hazel A. Johnson Hinkle, 85, of St. Albans died Nov. 30, 1997, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

She was a retired dietitian from Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Surviving: daughter, Lenora Hinkle of Hillsville, Va.; sons, Douglas Johnson of Columbus, Ohio, Richard Johnson of Charleston, Robert Johnson of St. Albans; sisters, Murl More of Delaware, Ohio, Madeline Yant of Columbus, Mariam Commode, Roselee Cleniger and Charlotte Ligley, all of Delaware; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Larry Ainsworth officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Louise Hiller

Mary Louise Hiller, 77, of South Charleston, formerly of Paducah, Ky., died Dec. 1, 1997, at Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of Baptist Temple, Paducah.

Surviving: husband, Glenn E. Hiller; sons, James E. Hiller of Poca, G. Thomas Hiller of Newport News, Va.; four granddaughters.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with the Rev. David Panaro officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Irma Bugin Howk

SCARBRO - Irma Bugin Howk, 78, of Scarbro died Dec. 1, 1997, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, after a long illness.

She was retired chief operating room supervisor from St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, a graduate of Capitol School of Nursing, Washington, and an Army Nursing Corps veteran of World War II.

Surviving: daughter, Candy Howk Bennette of Tampa, Fla; son, Craig William Howk of Washington state; sister, Wanda Smith of San Jose, Calif.; borthers, Walter Bugin of Daniels, Charles Bugin of Weirton.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Harold Moore officiating. Burial will be in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

There will be no visitation. Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 123 Elmore St., Oak Hill, W.Va. 25901.

James Alfred King

James Alfred King, 78, of Nitro died Dec. 1, 1997, at Cabell Huntington Hospital after a short illness.

He was a retired supervisor from the West Virginia Division of Highways and was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving: daughters, Margaret Riddle of Witcher, Juanita Carrier of Nitro, Patricia Simmons of St. Petersburg, Fla.; son, James A. Jr. of St. Albans; sister, Mae Holley of Flatwoods, Ky.; brother, John of South Charleston; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Private service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Cunningham Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans, with the Rev. Bill Egerdahl and the Rev. Don Cummings officiating. Burial will be in the memorial park. There will be no visitation. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, is in charge of arrangements.

Ashton Eleanor Light

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ashton Eleanor Light of Charlotte, formerly of Oak Hill, W.Va., died Dec. 2, 1997, at Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews.

Surviving: sons, James Aubrey Light of Matthews, George Allen Light of Rockville, Md.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday in High Lawn Cemetery, Oak Hill. McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Al-Briana Nicole Little

Al-Briana Nicole Little, infant daughter of Albert Little and Deborah A. Scott of Charleston, died Nov. 30, 1997, at Women and Children's Hospital, CAMC.

Also surviving: paternal grandparents, Albert Savage and Doris J. Little of Philadelphia; maternal grandparents, Deborah Scott and Mark Brown of Charleston; paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Little of Philadelphia; maternal great-grandparents, Bass and Gertrude Givens of Philadelphia, William and Jettie Brown of Philadelphia.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, with Pastor John Faucett officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Paul L. Maynard

HURRICANE - Paul L. Maynard, 67, of Hurricane died Dec. 1, 1997, at the V.A. Hospital, Huntington, after a long illness.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post 111, Hamlin, and the Marine Corps League, Huntington.

Surviving: sons, Mike, Mark, Albert and Scott, all of Hurricane, Paul Jr. of Elkview; seven grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, near Hurricane, with Elder Willard Bird officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, and one hour prior to service at the church.

Claude Earl McCormick Sr.

MIDWAY - Claude Earl McCormick Sr., 74, of Midway died Nov. 30, 1997, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness.

He was a mining equipment salesman, a Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving: wife, Deloris Drinnon McCormick; son, Claude E. "Butch" McCormick Jr. of Loveland, Colo.; daughter, Vivian E. French of Sterling Park, Va.; stepsons, Douglas and Billy League Jr., both of MacArthur; stepdaughters, Gwendolyn Reynolds of Blanco, Texas, Caterina Henshaw of Lockhart, Texas; sisters, Goldie Lawson and Virginia Martin; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, with Pastor Roger Pauley and the Rev. Wayne Nutter officiating.

Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Sally Elvira Miller

HARVEY - Sally Elvira Miller, 87, of Harvey, formerly of Glen Jean, died Nov. 29, 1997, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church, Glen Jean.

Surviving: stepsons, Victor Miller of Glen Jean, Robert Porter Miller of Cleveland; 16 grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Glen Jean, with the Rev. Peter Collins officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

Karen K. McKinney Naylor

OAK HILL - Karen Kay McKinney Naylor, 47, of Oak Hill died Dec. 2, 1997, in an Oak Hill hospital after a short illness.

She was a homemaker and a member of Lochgelly Bethel Baptist Church.

Surviving: husband, Scott Naylor; sons, Michael McGuire of Oak Hill, Jason McGuire of Summerlee; daughter, Melissa Kay Harren of Fayetteville; brother, Danny McKinney of Oak Hill; two grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ronnie Persanger officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nancy Shapard Prestera

HUNTINGTON - Nancy Shapard Prestera of Huntington died Nov. 27, 1997, in Dallas.

She was a native of Tucson, Ariz., and attended Sullins College and the University of Alabama.

Surviving: daughter, Mrs. Thomas Craig of Huntington, W.Va.; sons, Michael R. Prestera of Huntington, Robert A. Prestera of Houston; sister, Mrs. L.V. Moore of San Mateo, Calif.; eight grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Huntington. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary, Huntington, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations either to Prestera Foundation for Behavioral Health Services or to Our Lady of Fatima School Endowment Fund, both of Huntington.

Carlyle G. Russell

MULLENS - Carlyle G. "Pat" Russell, 84, of Mullens died Dec. 1, 1997, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness.

He was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church, Mullens, a former city councilman, a Navy veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge and Masonic Lodge 151, all in Mullens, and was a retired mechanic from Wyoming Auto, Mullens, with 50 years' service.

Surviving: sons, David of Annandale, Va., John of Norton, Mass.; sister, Lois Hardwick of Narrows, Va.; brother, Thomas Russell of Sutherland, Va.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Mullens, with the Rev. Barbara A. Hodin officiating. Burial, with Masonic rites by Lodge 151, will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens, and one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First Presbyterian Church, Howard Avenue, Mullens, W.Va. 25882.

Jane Callison Smith

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Jane Callison Smith, 88, of West Lafayette, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Dec. 1, 1997, at Westminster Healthcare Center.

She was a graduate of Sweet Briar College, Amherst, Va., a member of Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, and the Junior League, Charleston, and was a former member of Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Surviving: daughters, Sarah Smith Kay of Richmond, Va., Elizabeth Smith Stone of Edgartown, Mass., Julia Smith Sparks of Charlottesville, Va.; son, E. Dana Smith Jr. of Lafayette; sisters, Sara Callison Jamison of West Lafayette, Mary Elizabeth Callison Antrim of Pompano Beach, Fla.; brother, Charles Frederick Callison of Naples, Fla.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Central Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Roquemore officiating. Friends may call at the church after the service. Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Soller-Baker Funeral Home, Lafayette, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Central Presbyterian Church Foundation or to Kanawha United Presbyterian Church.

Norma A. Smith Stewart

ELEANOR - Norma A. Smith Stewart, 66, of Eleanor, formerly of Liberty, died Dec. 1, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, after a short illness.

She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Winfield.

Surviving: daughters, Sandy Perry and Carla Sykes, both of Tampa, Fla.; sons, Mikell of Pinch, Cleve of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Shawun of Poca; sister, Madeline Turley of Charleston; brothers, Alfred Smith of Nitro, Lloyd Smith of Gauley Bridge; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be at a later date at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Winfield.

Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery, Liberty.

There will be no visitation. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Avline Silmon Turley

Avline Silmon Turley, 72, of Nitro died Dec. 2, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness.

She was a homemaker and a Protestant.

Surviving: husband, Howard "Hank" Turley; daughter, Delana L. Turley of St. Albans; sons, James H. of Nitro, Dewey F. of Charleston, Gary L. of Poca; brother, William D. Silmon of Texas; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Baber Agee United Methodist Church, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. Robert Hill officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church.

Eugene B. Ward

CANTON, Ohio - Eugene B. Ward, 75, of Canton, formerly of Lost Creek, W.Va., died Dec. 1, 1997, at Salem Americare Nursing Home after a long illness.

He was a former B&O Railroad engineer with 36 years' service, a member of American Legion, Horner, W.Va., VFW, Clarksburg, W.Va., and Moose Lodge 52, Clarksburg, and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving: wife, Ava Cutright Ward; sons, Eugene B. "Pete" Ward Jr. of Fairmont, W.Va., Gary M. Ward of Lost Creek, Randy L. Ward of Canton; daughters, Sandra R. Bode of Good Hope, W.Va., Brenda J. Schaub of Canton; sisters, Mary Robinson of Apopka, Fla., Betty Powell of Clarksburg, Ruth Ann Burkhart of Jackson Mills, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Floyd Funeral Home, Weston, W.Va., with the Rev. Gary Rapking officiating. Burial, with military rites, will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew, W.Va. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George K. Wells Jr.

ALDERSON - George K. Wells Jr., 15, of Alderson died Dec. 1, 1997, after a hunting accident near Alderson.

He was a ninth-grade student at Eastern Greenbrier Junior High School, Fairlea, where he was a member of the football team.

Surviving; father, George K. Wells of Bradenton, Fla.; mother, Mabel Jo Baker Wells of Alderson; sisters, Donna Wells at home, Cindy and Debby Wells, both of Bradenton; brothers, Mike at home, Tommy of Bradenton; maternal grandmother, Nancy Baker of Fort Spring.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, with the Rev. Gary Baker officiating. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery, Fort Spring. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred H. Zinn

JANE LEW - Mildred H. Zinn, 80, of Jane Lew died Dec. 2, 1997, at home.

She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 166, Jane Lew Senior Citizens and Jane Lew First United Methodist Church.

Surviving: sister, Pauline Williams of Jane Lew.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, with the Rev. Ronald C. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Broad Run Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

WADE, Bessie - Service will be noon Thursday at Chatman Funeral Home, Logan, with the Rev. Charles Johnson III officiating. Burial will be in Guyan Memorial Gardens, Godby. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Wade, 75, of Holden died Nov. 28, 1997, at home after a short illness.


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