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June 15, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, June 16, 2013



Mary Adeline  Gravely

HURRICANE — Mary Adeline Gravely, 65, of Hurricane, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away June 14, 2013.

She was a graduate of Collins High School, Oak Hill, and was a homemaker and caregiver.

She is survived by her daughter, Angela White and husband Ronnie White of Milton; daughter, Corie Gravely of Poca; son, Cris Gravely of Denver, Colorado; granddaughters, Adeline Dale and Ashley Steed of Poca; grandsons, Joel Steed of Poca and Zane White of Milton; brothers, Larry Harler and wife Shelby of Kincaid; Douglas Harler and wife Carol of Knoxville, Tenn.; James Harler and wife Carolyn of Fayetteville; William Harler and wife Betty of Kincaid; Donald Harler and wife Janet of Kincaid; sisters, Rebecca Clark of Fayetteville; Martha Bertram and husband Jeff of Mobile, Ala.; 17 nieces and nephews and many people who remember her fondly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nathilee Harler.

Friends may visit the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.

Special thanks to the staff at Teays Valley Assisted Living for loving her and for their excellent care.

Memorial donations may be made to the Little Victories Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 247, Barboursville, WV 25504, or online at

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Dorothy Kathern Barnard (Obugene) Hancock

“Upright and pretty in all her ways, loyal and true through all her days, silently suffered, patiently bore, God took her home so she would suffer no more.”

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. — Dorothy Kathern Barnard (Obugene) Hancock, age 76, of Pleasant Grove, Ala., passed away June 11, 2013, with her family by her side.

She was born on February 24, 1937, in Eunice, W.Va. Dorothy was raised in Packsville, W.Va., and attended Marsh Fork High School.

In 1954, Dorothy married the late John B. Obugene and they had two sons together, John B. Obugene Jr. and Marcus Wayne Obugene. In 1969 Dorothy married her soulmate, the late John “Frank” Hancock. Together they shared 35 amazing years and had one son, Gregory Allen Hancock. “Frank” was a coal miner and in 1979 they relocated to Pleasant Grove, Ala., and there they planted their roots. Dorothy was retired from Walmart (Fairfield, Ala.). She was the department manager in fabric and crafts for 25 years. Dorothy enjoyed her job and had a passion for crafts and sewing and also because she just loved people. She never met a stranger and loved to talk to anyone about any and everything.

Dorothy was a Baptist by faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove, Ala.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Drusilla Barnard; husband John “Frank” Hancock; and three brothers Richard (Irene) Barnard, Charles Barnard, and Ralph Barnard.

Dorothy is survived in death by her three sons, John (Lynn) B. Obugene Jr., Wayne Obugene, both of Mooresville, N.C., Gregory (fiancée Amy) Hancock of Hueytown, Ala.; grandchildren, Misty, Chris, Matthew, Melissa, Derek, Adam, and GracieBell; and several special great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Debbie Barnard; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Dorothy had a viewing at Peoples Chapel Funeral Home in Hueytown, Ala., on Friday, June 14, 2013.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Dorothy will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Dr. Charles Bright officiating. She will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Dorothy was loved by so many; she was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend and to those she forever touched their hearts and she will forever be missed dearly.

The Hancock family would like to show their appreciation to Dr. Charles Skoog for 30 years of dedication as Dorothy’s physician, thank you.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via

Arrangements with Peoples Chapel Funeral Home, Hueytown, Ala., and Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

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