Harold William ‘Bill’ Allen
UNION — Harold William “Bill” Allen, 85, passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 9, 2009.
Services will be held 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Jim Allen officiating. Burial will follow at the Green Hill Cemetery at Union.
Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home in Union.
Dolly Webb Cross
Dolly Webb Cross, 85, of 425 South Fayette St., Beckley, died Dec. 10, 2009, at home following a long illness.
Arrangements are incomplete at Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.
David Franklin Davis
David Franklin Davis, 70, of Naoma, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at his home after a sudden illness.
Born on August 1, 1939, he was a son of the late Holmes and Mary Scarbro Davis.
David was a retired coal miner with 35 years of service. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. and a member of L.U. 6608. He was on the Safety Committee for 15 years.
Besides his parents, preceding him in death was his step-daughter, Wanda Ann.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 45 happy years, Wanda Fay Davis; their children: Tony and wife, Ledsonna; Janetta Davis; David and wife, Tania; Vickie Davis and Haley Davis; three brothers: Clarence and June; John; Holmes Jr.; four sisters: Betty and Mickey Mullins; Mary Lou and Jake Farris; Peggy and Glen Holdren; Faye Evens; 11 grandchildren: Sonja; Jill; Jackqueline; Haley; Alisha; Christena; Anthony; Robert; David Allen; Dusty Dawn; and Andrew Levi.
Pallbearers will be: Tony Davis, David Davis, Anthony Cane, Carl Harris, Mike Underwood, Robert Brock, Billy Wamsley
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Armstrong Funeral Home Whitesville, with Pastor Benny Turner officiating. Singers will be Benny and Debbie Turner. Burial will follow in the Davis Family Cemetery at Naoma.
Friends may visit with the family 6 to 9 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.
Bertha Mae Bowens Dean
GILBERT — Bertha Mae Bowens Dean, 63, of Riverview “Slabtown”, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Riverview Freewill Baptist Church, Gilbert. Burial will follow in the Hollywood Cemetery, Gilbert.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.
Andrew Martin DeCoster
Andrew Martin DeCoster, 71, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, in the Beckley VA Hospital.
Born December 12, 1937, in Lawrence, Mass., he was the son of the late Frank and Alice Pamyla DeCoster.
Andrew was a computer analyst. He was a radio operator for the U.S Air Force and a former instructor at the West Virginia Business College in Clarksburg. He had been a resident of Beckley for the past 31 years.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Waller DeCoster, children: Andrew Martin DeCoster Jr. of Belgium, Stephanie Ann Shahan of Frostproof, Fla., Kari Jo Vest and husband Alan of Beckley; grandchildren: Nolan Ryan DeCoster of Boston, Mass., Chase Alexander DeCoster of Georgetown, Mass., Krystion Adayre Stover of Beckley, Micah Nolan Vest of Beckley, Samantha Ann Shahan and Sarah Ann Shahan of Frostproof, Fla., great-grandchild, Neveah Shahan of Frostproof, Fla., sisters-in-law; Sally Gray and husband Doug, Jodi Parks and husband Chuck, nieces and nephews; Kathleen Gray Linville, Jymme Gann, Jill Barr, Julie Dollar, Curt Kramer, great nieces; Graylee Sophia Linville, Katelynn Gann, Kayla and Ashley Dollar, Stephen and John Barr, Cousins, Henry and Midge Jacques, special friends; Jerry Alan Rice, Steve Hatcher, Rose Worley and Pete Karvasky, Frank Luizzo and his special friend Snowflake.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, in the chapel of the United Methodist Temple with Pastors Chuck Pullins and Tom Beckett officiating.
The family would like to express their sincerest thanks and gratitude to the nursing staff of 4B, 4th floor at Beckley VA Medical Center.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to 4B Wing of the 4th floor of the Beckley VA Medical Center, 200 Veterans Ave., Beckley, WV 25801 .
Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Charles Edwin ‘Ed’ Fitzpatrick
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Charles Edwin “Ed” Fitzpatrick, 76, of Belleville, born Sunday, September 10, 1933, in Glen Hedrick, W.Va., died Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis.
Mr. Fitzpatrick worked as an Operating Engineer for Local #520. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. He was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Local #520, Knights of Columbus, Emeth Lodge #1030 AF&AM;, Scottish Rite Bodies and Ainad Shrine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Fitzpatrick and Hazel B. (Martin) Carden; brothers,Eric Fitzpatrick, Boyd Fitzpatrick, Ralph Fitzpatrick, Denver Fitzpatrick; and great granddaughter, Audrey Fitzpatrick.
Surviving are his wife, Pamela S. (Waugh) Fitzpatrick; children: Christy (Richard) Ursch of Belleville, Ill., Charles C. Fitzpatrick of Belleville, Cynthia (Bill) Freegard of Iberia, Mo., Charles E. Fitzpatrick, Jr. of Colo., Clinton E. Fitzpatrick of Richland, Mo., Cole E. Fitzpatrick of Richland, Mo., Cathleen E. Fitzpatrick-Sloan of Richland, Mo., Kimberly A. (Michael) Geier of Maryville, Ill., Michelle (Michael) Hindman of Maryville, Ill., Colleen E. (Eric) Holman of Ohiom Phillip Mabie of Gulfport, Miss.; brothers, Dan Fitzpatrick of Youngstown, Ohio, Adrian (Ann Marie) Fitzpatrick of Athens, Ga., David (Pam) Rhodes of Maple Fork, W.Va.; sisters, Kay Martin of Blacksburg, Va., Jane Radford of Bar Harbor, Maine; grandchildren, Brittany, Charles, Kaelan, Calvin Edwin, Brandon, David, Sam, Trent, Summer , Ashley, Shannon, Skyler, Amanda, Casey, Jessica, Christopher, Nathaniel, Gabriel, Meghan, Alex, Allison, Ryan, Will; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul at St. Henry's Catholic Church or American Heart Association.
Friends call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville.
Funeral procession will leave at 10:45 a.m. today, Saturday, December 12, 2009 from Kurrus Funeral Home for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Saint Henry Catholic Church, with Father Ken York officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
Arrangements by Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville.
Jenny Polly Fitzwater
ANSTED — Jenny Polly Fitzwater, 49, of Ansted, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009, following a sudden illness.
She was born February 21, 1960, in Oak Hill and was a daughter of the late James Woodrow Settle and Alice Mae Bowyer Settle.
Mrs. Fitzwater was a member of the Christian Noble Ministeries at Ramsey and was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband, Jackie Ray Fitzwater of Ansted; one daughter, April Johnson and husband Lonnie of Ansted; two sisters, Joyce Neal and husband Clyde of Victor and Sandra Rose of Ansted; two brothers, Marvin Settle and wife Joyce of Ansted and Gary Settle and wife Sue of Chicateaque, Va.; three grandchildren, Dustina Blair, Dustin Blair and Tyler Johnson.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, December 14, 2009, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Bro. Wayne Bryson officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted is in charge of arrangements.
RAINELLE — Wyatt Forbes, 87, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Charleston Memorial Hospital after a short illness due to long-term heart disease. Wyatt lived in Rainelle, since 1942.
He was born Aug. 12, 1922, at White Sulphur Springs and was raised in Millboro Springs, Va.
Wyatt worked for Meadow River Lumber Company until it closed and retired from Georgia Pacific in 1988. But he would prefer to think of himself as a lifelong farmer. He farmed on his farm in Rainelle up until his death. He was a World War II infantry gunner who fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
Wyatt was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Forbes; father, Lee Forbes; brothers, Tom, Roy, Paul and Jim Forbes and a sister, Kathleen Marshall.
Wyatt is survived by his wife, Iona Belle Forbes; a son, Danny Forbes of Rainelle; daughters, Diana Fern Steele and her husband, Paul Steele of Beaufort, S.C., Patricia Walkup and her husband, Jimmy Walkup of Beckley; grandchildren, Michelle Morlen and her husband, Lance Morlen of Charlottesville, Va., Eli Walkup and wife, Abby of Dawson, Rachel Walkup of Beckley; brother, Harold Deitz of Millboro Springs, Va.; a sister, Lillian Dudley of Covington, Va.; great-grandchildren, twins, Christian and Chase Walkup and Gage Walkup.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle, with the Rev. Milton Ker, Pastor of the church officiating and the Rev. Bennie Kenney, a lifelong friend, assisting. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
Pallbearers will be her daughter, grandson, nephews and sons-in-law.
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com
Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.
Richard W. Heath
Richard Wayne Heath, of Lester, went home to be with the Lord after having made Jesus Christ his Savior. Richard died on Thursday, December 10, 2009, following a long illness. He was 58 years of age.
Born Feb. 5, 1951, he was the son of James H. Heath Jr. of Lester and the later Margaret Simmons Heath. He was a 1969 graduate of Trap Hill School and was last employed by Corflex as an electrical foreman.
Richard was very talented and skilled at just about anything he put his hand to, from athletics to mechanical and electrical works. He enjoyed watching and playing all sports, listening to 50’s and 60’s music and was always improving his van. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tara Hendrick, and a brother-in-law, Mitch Niday.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Heath of Sumter, S.C.; a son, Richard W. Heath II of Sumter; two daughters, Alicia Bowman and her husband George and Heather Heath, all of Walnut, Cove, N.C.; grandsons, Alec Cooke, Christopher and Justin Bowman, all of Walnut Cove; sisters, Vicki Birchfield and her husband Denny of Lester, Joyce Maynard and her husband James of Fairdale, Connie Sigley and her husband, Frank of King, N.C. and Bonnie Roberts of Lawsonville, N.C.; a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles; and friends.
Memorial Services will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Lester Church of God with Pastor Dale Birchfield officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meltonmortuary.com
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc, Beckley.
Carolyn Mae Fore Jackson
FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. — Carolyn Mae Fore Jackson, 82, of Frederick County, Va., died Thursday, December 10, 2009, in her home.
Mrs. Jackson was born in 1927, in McAlpin, W.Va., the daughter of the late Walker Lee Fore and Mary Y. Ernwine.
She was employed as a Banking Office Assistant.
She married Joseph Samuel Jackson Jr. on December 22, 1946, in Sophia, W.Va.
Surviving with her husband, is her son, Jack L. Jackson; three grandchildren, Edward S. Jackson, Sharla A. Jackson, Heather C. Jackson; and five great grandchildren.
Her daughter Debra Lynn Crouse, sister, Betty Jean Peele, and one brother, Walker L. Fore, Jr., preceded her in death.
All services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
Sign the guestbook and view obituaries at www.ompsfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are being handled by Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, Winchester, Va.
Vivian Marie Burgess Jones
NEW MARKET, Md. — Vivian Marie Burgess Jones, age 87, of New Market, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2009, in Westminster, Md.
Arrangements are pending at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
James Edward ‘Joker’ Pannell
DURHAM, N.C. — James Edward Pannell “Joker,” departed this life, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. He was born Nov. 27, 1938, at Beckley, W.Va., to Kelly Pannell Sr. and Florida Smith Pannell.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, LeRoy Pannell and Kelly Pannell Jr., and two sisters, Mary Helen Watson and Roberta Baynes.
His life was rich, filled with experiences through travel while serving in the United States Air Force, where he served for 23 years retiring Technical Sergeant (a promotion which historically has been the second most difficult rank to achieve) in October 1981. He provided technical mentorship to junior enlisted members in preparation for entry into the senior noncommissioned tier and promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant. After which he was employed by the United States Post Office followed by the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Durham, N.C., until his retirement.
He loved traveling, enjoying places such as London, England, Thailand, Hong Kong, Montreal Canada, Alaska, Japan, Taiwan, Costa Rica, cruised the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic and the Pacific as well as various other destinations in the United States.
He was affectionately called “Joker” or “Jim” by those who knew him best. He was a kind and gentle man to all the lives he touched. He loved the Lord and knew Him as his Lord and Personal Savior. He was a member of Praise and Deliverance Church and attended Christian Living and Learning Center.
He will be remembered by his picture taking, his sense of humor, his laughter, his joking way, most of all his passion for life, and his soft spoken spirit.
He leaves behind to cherish loving memories his devoted wife, Mae Davis Reams Pannell; sons, Clinton Pannell and Carlos Pannell; daughters, Annetta Allen, Debra Ellerbee, Tarina Vaughn and Jametta Coley; stepchildren, André Reams and Paula Jennings; brothers, Raymond Pannell (Regina), Norman Pannell and Walter Pannell (Phyllis); sister, Annette Poindexter (Rudy); 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; special aunt, Sally Willie Covington and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Praise and Deliverance Church, 10855 Quail Road, Bahama, N.C. Arrangements were by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home, Durham, N.C.
Submitted by Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.
Rev. Joe Pizzino
Rev. Asa Joe Pizzino went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 10, 2009, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was married to Hilda Pearl Foster Pizzino for 64 years until her death in 2005.
“Preacher Joe,” as he was affectionately called, worked as a coal miner for 18 years in his beloved West Virginia and entered the gospel ministry in 1947. He held revivals throughout the state, conducted a radio program called The Amazing Grace Hour, and in 1953 moved his family to St. Petersburg, Fla. to engage in Jewish evangelism. He returned to West Virginia to pastor the First Baptist Church of McConnell and later pastored the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Charleston. He pastored the First Baptist Church of Shady Spring from 1967 until his retirement in 1984.
His love for his family was even greater than his love for ministry. He is survived, loved, and honored by his four children, Danny Joe Pizzino and wife Kaye of Ada, Okla., Sandra Jeanette Pizzino Hall and husband Rod of Kernersville, N.C., Randall Lonnie Pizzino and wife Julie of Roanoke, Va., and Shawn Elizabeth Pizzino Williams and husband Steve of Bluefield, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren: Melanie Hall van Oort and husband Hans of Cologne, Germany; Kelli Pizzino Lowry and husband Russell of Ada, Okla.; Leslie Hall Paynter and husband Bill of Hillsborough, N.C.; Richard Pizzino of Roanoke, Va.; Dominic Pizzino and wife Gretchen of Kernersville, N.C.; Christopher Pizzino and Channette Romero of Athens, Ga.; Brandon Williams and wife Rebecca of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Mary Beth Pizzino of Roanoke, Va.; Adam Williams and wife Jacqueline of Richlands, N.C.; and Nicholas Williams of Bluefield, W.Va.; 12 great-grandchildren: Natalie, Nicole, and Dominic Lowry of Ada, Okla.; Samuel and John Paynter of Hillsborough, N.C.; Maryori and Jonathan van Oort of Cologne, Germany; Addison and Demetri Pizzino of Kernersville, N.C.; Isaac Williams of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Connor and Anna-Claire Williams of Richlands, N.C.
“Papaw,” as his family called him, loved the mountains and trout streams of his home state of West Virginia. In his autobiography he penned for his children, he stated, “My desire is to be standing on a trout stream early in the morning and watch a beaver swim by and slap the water with his tail, or to see a brown trout rise up to take my bait.”
His greatest love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and telling others about Him was his life’s passion. He has heard his Master say the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into your reward.”
The family will receive visitors at the First Baptist Church of Shady Spring, today, Saturday, December 12, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Shady Spring, on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Randall Pizzino, the Rev. Delvin D. Elwell Jr. and the Rev. Greg Mullis officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.
Ethel May Price
RONCEVERTE — Ethel May Price, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Burial will follow in Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Organ Cave.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Noah Austin Rakes Jr.
OAK HILL — Noah Austin Rakes Jr., 81, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at his home.
Born October 22, 1928 at Hot Coal, W.Va., he was the son of the late Grace Hinchee and Noah Austin Rakes Sr.
He was a retired mine foreman for New River Company. Noah was a member of the Gentry Baptist Church at Sanger and District 29 of the U.M.W.A.
He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
His brother, Billy Richard Rakes, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Stewart Rakes; two sons, Darrell Rakes and wife, Marsha of Oak Hill and Fred Rakes of Alamo, Ga.; one brother, Ralph Rakes of Oak Hill and a sister, Mary Smith of Oak Hill; six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive him.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, December 14, 2009 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Robert Barley officiating. Burial will be at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, W.Va., with military graveside rites by VFW Post #3110.
Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Tyree Funeral Home
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Carol Tincher Wills
BROAD RUN, Va. — Carol Tincher Wills, 67, formerly of Rainelle, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, in Winchester, Va., following a long illness.
Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.
Harold William ‘Bill’ Allen
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