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May 12, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, May 12, 2013


Mildred Faye Evans

OAK HILL — Mildred Faye Evans, 79, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bailey Fritz III

JESSE — Bailey Fritz III, 42, of Jesse, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Chapel of Calfee Funeral Service with the Rev. Roy Lyons officiating. Entombment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

An online guestbook and other information can be found on our website at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation service is serving the Fritz family.

Douglas R. ‘Ranny’ Halsey

Douglas R. “Ranny” Halsey died of a sudden illness Saturday night, April 27th, 2013. He was in Houston, Texas, on business at the time of his death.

He was the son of the late A.W. “Buster” and Ruth Halsey.

Survivors include one brother, Jackie Halsey Sr. of New Jersey, five sisters, Joan Engel, Jean Aliff, Joyce Erickson, Jerri Hartsock, all of W.Va., and Janet Vandall of Ohio. He also leaves behind his faithful companion, Rocky, who has been adopted and lovingly cared for by Doug’s great-nephew Noah Aliff. Mr. Halsey is also survived by a large extended family including many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Douglas graduated from Pineville High School in 1960, then served four years in the U.S. Navy. In 1967, he began his career with the U.S. Coast Guard and began traveling the world. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1972 and rose through the ranks to become Lt. Commander Halsey. He retired from the Coast Guard after serving his country for a total of 25 years in the military. Doug was so proud to be a square knot sailor. Upon his retirement from the USCG he started his own business, Marine Safety Services. This involved Doug investigating, reporting on and testifying in court as an expert witness pertaining to accidents on waterways when casualties occurred. He was known by attorneys and judges as one of the most respected and knowledgeable expert witnesses on Maritime Law.

Friends and family learned early in their relationship with Doug you needn’t offer him a penny for his thoughts. He was always happy to share his opinions and philosophies at no charge and he relished a good political debate. Doug was a very generous man. He championed veterans and their charitable organizations and children’s charities, donating thousands of dollars every year to these organizations. Every Christmas Eve he celebrated the Holiday by playing Secret Santa in the lay-away department of the local Kmart. Doug was a proud American and an ever proud West Virginian. Our mountains were honored to have known him as a sincere Mountaineer.

No formal service is planned. His cremains will be spread atop his beloved mountains at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Fisher House, Wounded Warriors or St. Jude.

Submitted by Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Pt. Pleasant.

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