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November 15, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 15, 2013


John ‘Pitts’ Steffey

John “Pitts” Steffey passed away on Saturday, November 9th, 2013, in Beckley, after a long illness.

He was born in Pike County, Ky., on December 5th, 1927. He was a resident of Oceana for 62 years. He brought his new bride, Wanda Coleman Steffey, to Oceana shortly after they married in 1951. She passed away on July 22 of this year.

Pitts was also preceded in death by siblings Naomi Steffey, May Fern Warks, Charlie Steffey, Claude Steffey, Leon Steffey, Martha Ellen Elkins, Bonnie Adkins, James Steffey and Loretta Harvel; a beloved grandson, Will Cook; and a cherished daughter-in-law Frankie Steffey.

Left to cherish his memory are his sisters Eula Meeks of Sessor, Ill., Magdalene Scalf of Oceana, Helen Smith of Tram, Kay Stumbo of Knoxville, Tenn., and Hannah Whisenant of Oceana; his son, Larry Wayne Steffy of Gray, Tenn., and daughter, Connie Cook of Queensland, Australia; and grandchildren Beth Steffey, Sara Greene, and Haley Bunn. Pitts was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Lucas Greene.

Pitts was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked in the coal mines in several positions, including Mine Foreman, for Pocahontas Coal and Eastern Associated Coal Companies. Pitts was committed to public service, giving over 30 years of service to the Town of Oceana. He served as Town Councilman for several years and also served several terms as Mayor. Pitts took pleasure in fishing and hunting. He loved sports and was an avid fan of the Westside Renegades, the Oceana Indians, and the Mountaineers, even watching this season’s games from the nursing home. He also enjoyed golf and participated in many tournaments, either as a participant or assisting staff. He was even fortunate enough to achieve a “Hole In One,” on one occasion. He had many friends in Oceana, as well as in Davenport, Fla., where he and Wanda spent their winters in latter years. Pitts will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. He will be laid to rest with his wife in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. on Sunday until time of service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Van A. Trail

HINTON — Van A. Trail, 88, of Hinton, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Mildred Twilla Walker

Mildred Twilla Walker passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, Va. Friends may gather with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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