The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 15, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 15, 2013


Jane Ann Samuels Simms

OAK HILL — Jane Ann Samuels Simms, 58, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gary ‘Spud’ Snuffer

Gary “Spud” W. Snuffer of Maple Meadow died Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2013, at his home. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. Snuffer was a 1971 Honors graduate of Trap Hill High School, where he served as president of the Future Farmers of America. He was a certified lumber grader and worked at the Hobart B. Akers Sawmill until his retirement last year. Gary was also a member of the Teamsters AFL/CIO Union of America.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred E. and Ada E. Snuffer of Glen Daniel.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Larry P. (Connie L.) Snuffer of Shady Spring and Thomas C. (Patricia D.) Snuffer of Marsh Bottom, and his sister, Nancy E. (Michael) Martin of Mount Hope; niece, Michelle M. (Kenneth ) Lecointe of Austin, Texas,  and his beloved cousins, Willard (Jean) Walker of Fairdale and George Thompson of Ripley. He will be sorely missed by his lifelong friend and hunting partner, Randy Furey of Fairdale.

Mr. Snuffer was a hard-working man. He was a shepherd (goats), an avid outdoorsman, a master gardener, an herbalist, he loved to read Western novels, The Mother Earth News, and the Farmers’ Almanac. He also enjoyed listening to Celtic music and National Public Radio.

His body has been cremated, per his wishes. A memorial service be held on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel officiated by Willard Walker. Friends call one hour prior to the service.

Honorary pallbearers are Randy Furey, Gary Gray, Willard Walker, Tommy Bunch, Jimmy Daniel, Richard Browning, Sam Painter and Alan Akers.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Trap Hill High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 209, Harper, WV 25851.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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