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February 28, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 28, 2013


Leola Faye Cook Gilliland

WYOMING COUNTY — Leola Faye Cook Gilliland, 92, of Wyoming County, WV, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014. 

Born December 11, 1921, in Turkey Creek, WV, she was the daughter of the late Walter Raleigh Cook and Minnie Edna Cook.

Faye was a 1940 graduate of Pineville High School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years William O. “Bill” Gilliland; four brothers, Otto, Lacy, Dale and Sydney Cook, and a sister, Merlie Irene Stewart.

Survivors include her son, William Terry Gilliland; A daughter, Regina Honaker and her husband, Gray; Grandchildren, Gray William Honaker and his partner, Katherine, Thomas Jason Honaker and his wife, Laura; Great-grandchildren, Henry Gray Honaker, Thomas Owen Honaker and Lucy Gray Honaker; Stepgrandchildren, Willow-mina Jozette Mikels and Jonathan Mikels; Brother-in-law, Gene Gilliland; Two special nieces, Wilma Jean Cook and Iris Stewart King. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family honored her request to be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Evan Arkell officiating.

Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a church or Christian charity of your choice.

Online guest book may be signed at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Gilliland family.

Hazel Straley Goodson

DAVY — “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”; Hazel Straley Goodson, 97, of Davy passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Greenbrier Manor in Fairlea, WV.

Born at Brier Creek, WV, on November 30, 1916, she was the daughter of the late W. Tilden and Goldie Short Straley.

She was a graduate of Williamson High School and Concord College, and a retired educator having taught thirty years in the Wyoming and McDowell County School systems. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Davy where she was actively involved in the music and Sunday School Department. She loved singing in the choir as a way to praise her Lord, and enjoyed Bible study, gardening, cooking and ways to serve others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Paul Goodson, five sisters, four brothers, and son-in-law, Olen W. Blankenship.

Survivors include three daughters, Paula Blankenship of Lewisburg, Sue Williams and husband, Richard, of Kimball, Mary Kay Amey and husband, Geoffrey, of Winter Park, FL; five grandchildren, Paul (JoLynn) Blankenship, Tonya (Erich) Walls, Sarah (Jamie) Hoke, Nicholas (Amanda) Williams, and Jason Amey; nine great-grandchildren, Zachary and Amber Blankenship, Trevor, Cameron and Maiya Walls, Hayden Hoke, Conner and Abigail Williams, and Caysen Amey; several nieces and nephews, and blessed with several devoted caregivers while she resided in Davy; The family would also like to thank the staff of the Greenbrier Manor for the outstanding care, love and compassion their mother received.

A service celebrating the life of Hazel Goodson will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch, with Rev. Brian Long officiating. Burial will be beside her husband at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Paul Blankenship, Nicholas Williams, Jason Amey, Jamie Hoke, Erich Walls, and Jerry Goodson.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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