The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 17, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013


Sherman Calvert

OAK HILL — Sherman Calvert, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Naomi Ellen Foster

PRINCETON — Naomi Ellen Foster, 91, of 688 Village Green Circle, Princeton, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. 

Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Louise Aldina Carter Gibbs

HINTON — Louise Aldina Carter Gibbs, a lifelong Hinton native, passed away quietly following a long illness on August 15, 2013. Her children were by her side.

Born on November 26, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Hattie Law Carter Moon of Hinton and Fitz Jerald Carter of Alderson, W.Va.

Louise was married to the late William McKinley Gibbs, a retiree of the C&O Railroad, who preceded her in death in 1970, and she was the mother of Swanson D. Carter of Williamsburg, Va.; Mischa E. Carter of Washington, DC; William L. Gibbs (deceased) of Atlanta, Ga.; Joy L. Gibbs Baker of Washington, Pa.; and Gregory L. Gibbs of Bethesda, Md. A sixth child, Cindy, died at birth in 1962.

For 30 years Louise worked for the C&P Telephone Company. She retired in the mid-1970s and later began another career as an emergency dispatcher for the City of Hinton, a job she held for six years until deciding to retire permanently in 1982.

Louise was a faithful and devoted member of Camon Baptist Church where she served as pianist and musical director for several decades. Tragically, the church she loved was destroyed by an arsonist’s fire in 2009, which originally ignited at a neighboring house. Louise’s grandmother, Artie Jones, had donated the land upon which the church was built in 1919. Shortly after the fire, Louise was elected leader of the church and oversaw the creation of the Camon Baptist Church Memorial, which was completed in 2013.

In addition to Louise’s many church activities, she served as president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1969 and was appointed to then-Governor John “Jay” Rockefeller’s Vocational Advisory Committee in the 1970s.

Louise often looked to “The Serenity Prayer” for guidance in her daily life as well as Sam Walter Foss’ poem, “House by the Side of the Road,” which she learned as a student at Lincoln School. “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man …” she often recited.

Prior to her illness, Louise had many hobbies, including crocheting, knitting, decorative painting, gardening, working jigsaw puzzles and reading. Many in Hinton and beyond have enjoyed the crafts she displayed at “Train Days,” the West Virginia Water Festival and various other community events in and around Hinton.

Besides her children, Louise is survived by her brother, Robert D. Moon Jr. of South San Francisco, Calif., two sons-in-law, Charles Baker and Gregory Greenwood, daughters-in-law Carolyn Baker Carter and Amporn Mankong Gibbs, several cousins, including Janice Banks, and daughters of the heart, Julie Carter and Judy Lytle. She also was the “Nana” of seven grandchildren, Scott (deceased), Robin, Elizabeth, Charles Joseph, Nicole, Vince and Ian, as well as four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Kendyl, Scott and Alexandra. Louise’s brother, David Moon, met a premature death in 1969.

Louise’s life has been filled with many challenges and triumphs, but her Christian faith and love of family have sustained her repeatedly though both laughter and tears. Louise has left a significant mark on her community and her loss will be felt greatly by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton. Matthew Saunders will officiate. Burial will follow in Esquire Cemetery near Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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