The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 28, 2010

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010




Irene Frances Bode

KATY, Texas — Irene Frances Bode, 90, formerly of Fayetteville, died Saturday, August 21, 2010, at Oakmont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Lewis County, W.Va., the daughter of the late William C. and Bridgett (Sweeney) Stark.

Mrs. Bode retired as a school nurse with 20 years of service with the Fayette County Board of Education. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, W.Va., until moving to Katy, in 2001.

She graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1940. In 1978 she received her B.A. degree from WVIT and in 1999 she received a Certificate of Commendation from the WV Association of School Nurses.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Herman Bode and brother Bernard Stark.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Simms of Oak Hill; sons, Leo Bode of Walton and Robert Bode of Katy, Texas; brother, John Stark of Ravenswood; sisters, Mary Murray and Ernestine Gissy of Parkersburg, Regina Quesenberry of Weston; and seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held in Katy, Texas. Private graveside services will be held at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences and other information available at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



James R. Bruce

KENT, Wash. — James R. Bruce, age 80, of Kent, formerly of Rhodell, W.Va., passed away August 21, 2010, at Diana’s Adult Family Home in Washington.

Born in Rhodell, W.Va., he was the son of Thomas and Gertrude Bruce.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was a Navy Master Chief and most of his Navy career was spent in Jacksonville, Fla., where he also retired. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Marcelle (Garretson) Bruce.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons James Lonnie and his wife Sarah Bruce of Big Pine Key, Fla., and Alan Eugene and his wife Barbara Bruce of Kent, Wash.; grandchildren Mary, Christopher and Ian.

Services for Mr. Bruce will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2010, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

Online condolences and other information may be found at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, in Beckley.



Billy Joe Buzzo

PINEVILLE — Longtime resident of Pineville, Billy Joe Buzzo, 78, passed away Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, following a long illness.

Mr. Buzzo started the first private ambulance service in southern West Virginia which brought him to Wyoming County in 1969. After this he went into many ventures which included coal, trucking, heavy machines, restaurants, hotels and this carried into his greatest love of all, real estate. He turned his street knowledge and hard-knocks youth into a legacy that he leaves to his children and great-grandchildren. His hobbies included auctions, playing cards, poker machines and making money. His motto was “always take care of your family.”

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joe Buzzo and Cressie Mullens Buzzo of Granville; a brother, John Buzzo and his wife, Violet, of Granville; and a brother-in-law, Randolph Rash of Cleveland, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Oleta R. Bliss Buzzo, and his children and grandchildren as follows: son, Bill Buzzo Jr. and his wife, Dana, of Bluefield, and children, Debbie and Russell Fasnacht, Shane Buzzo, Tiffany and Erin Smeltzer, Derek Buzzo, BJ Buzzo, Megan Buzzo and Lindsay Buzzo; son, Anthony Buzzo and his wife, Valerie, of Bluefield, and children, Misty Tomlinson, Khrystal Roberts, Anthony W. “TJ” Buzzo Jr., Justin Shay Buzzo, Shawn Buzzo; son, Bobby Smyth and his wife, Jan, of Travelers Rest, SC, and children, Shonna Whitley, Khristina and Steve Gonzalez and Joseph and Chistina Smyth; daughter, Connie Reinacher of Pineville, and children, Rachel and Jessica Reinacher; daughter, Cathy Smyth of Pineville; son, Jason Smyth of Pineville, and children, Christina, Ginger, Ashton and Miken Smyth; son, Carl Smyth and his wife, Lynn, of Statesville, NC, and children, Natasha and Tom Marko, and Sashay Smyth; daughter, Linda McSpadden of Lake Worth, Fla., and child, Russell McSpadden; daughter, Ramona Frey and her husband, Kip, of Pineville, and children, Kaitlin and Douglas “DJ” Frey; daughter, Rebecca Lovejoy and her husband, Jeff, of Pineville, and children, Curtis Lovejoy and Sara Morgan, Sam, Jordan, Gracie and Bella Lovejoy; son, Frank Buzzo and his wife, Barbie, of Cocoa, Fla., and children, Alicia and John French, Frank Jr. and Jenna Buzzo, Kaelynn and Vinnie Buzzo, and Lisa and Brett Richardson; son, Steve Buzzo and his wife, Susan, of Chicago, Ill., and children, Samantha, Steven and Sabrina Buzzo; son, Mike Buzzo and his wife, Ann, of Chicago, Ill., and children, Patrick, Maggie and Kate Buzzo; son, Johnny Buzzo of Chicago, Ill., and children, Jessica and Angelica Buzzo; son, Billy Buzzo of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Jessica Buzzo of Chicago, Ill., and children, Kathy and Tiffany Gyselinck; daughter, Pam Harris, formerly of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Brenda Watson of Bluefield; and son, Michael Buzzo of Florida.

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Winter Whitley, Cadence Gonzalez, Ashley and Austin Tomlinson, Kirstin and Kaitlyn Roberts, Ariana Kanhoye, Ashlynn Morris, Alexander Smyth, Johnny French, Hailey Buzzo, Chloe, Darian and Lily Buzzo; his brothers, Frank Buzzo and his wife, Shirley, of Morgantown, Otis Ted Buzzo and his wife, Lillian, of Granville and Tokey Buzzo and his wife, Mary, of Morgantown; his sisters, Daisy Buzzo and Johnny G. of Ohio, Mary Jane Piskac and her husband, Tommy, of Florida, and Patty Jean Buzzo Walker and her husband, Carl, Martha Rash and Annie Shannon, all of Morgantown.

A special thank you to Bob and Rosie Sims and the whole Sims family.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Pineville Church of God.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Riverside Apostolic Church in Granville with the Rev. Norman Gray and the Rev. Edwin Harper officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2010, in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Morgantown, with full military rites.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at Riverside Apostolic Church in Granville.

Online guest book may be signed at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana and William McCulla Funeral Home of Morgantown are serving the Buzzo family.



Romaine Cline

BAISDEN — Romaine Cline died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Friends may call 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Delores J. Conwell

Mrs. Delores J. Conwell, 76, of Beckley, formerly of Huntington, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, in Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Edward Lewis Cyrus

BROOKS — Edward Lewis Cyrus, 81, of Brooks went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 26, 2010, at his home.

Born December 25, 1928, at Hinton, he was the son of the late Hiram H. and Ruby V. Scott Cyrus.

He was a patriotic person, who served his country proudly during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army. Ed and his wife Mary both accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior in 1953 at the Brooks Baptist Church where he served as deacon for over 50 years and as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, retired from the C&O Railroad where he worked as a clerk with 38 years of service, loved gardening and supplying all of his friends with vegetables, hunting, fishing, WV Mountaineer football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A dedicated family man, he dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild. He was the eldest son of seven siblings.

Preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary E. Cyrus, on Sept. 20, 2002; one son, Russell E. Cyrus; one stepson, Franklin D. Gill; one stepdaughter, Eva V. Braswell; and three brothers, William Keith Cyrus and two twin infant brothers.

Those left to cherish his memory include three daughters, Virginia Lee Cales of Hinton, Sandra Angell and husband Bernard of Hinton and Helen Eastman and husband Ben of Brooks; one son, Bobby L. Cyrus and wife Teresa of Brooks; one stepson, Arthur S. Gill and wife Ella of Hinton; one stepdaughter, Carole Cox and husband Bill of Hinton; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; three brothers, Emmett B. Cyrus and wife Barbara of Ocala, Fla., Warren C. Cyrus and wife Iris of Bloomfield, Pa., and Jennings R. Cyrus and wife Mary Ann of Brooks; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, August 30, 2010, at the Brooks Baptist Church with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Fox Cemetery at Brooks.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 29, 2010, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors and one hour prior to the services on Monday at the church.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.



Kathleen Virginia Harrah

VICTOR — Kathleen Virginia Harrah of Victor died peacefully on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at the Summersville Extended Care Center.

She was born May 18, 1922, at Beaver, W.Va., the daughter of Russell Thomas and Vesta Vernel Paxton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilton Harrah, her parents, and four of her five brothers, Garland Thomas, Keith Thomas, Lowell Thomas, and Derril Thomas, and a grandson, Cliff Nutter.

She is survived by the families of her four sons and one daughter; Gary and Carolyn Harrah of South Rockwood, Michigan; Larry and Irene Harrah of Summersville, West Virginia; Judy and Ed Uhland of Punta Gorda, Florida; Jacl and Donna Harrah of Hickory, North Carolina; and Roger and Debra Harrah of Franklin, Tennessee. She is also survived by one brother, Kyle and Jan Thomas of Malvern, Arkansas.

She leaves behind eleven grandchildren and their families, and many memories of hand-made dolls and quilts, and her devotion to her family.

Services will be 1 p.m. today, Saturday, August 28, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, W.Va. There will be a visitation of one hour before the services. Her son, Gary Harrah, Pastor of Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Wyandotte, Michigan, will preside over services, followed by burial at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.



Thomas M. Kennedy

OCEANA — Thomas M. Kennedy, 50, of Rt. 2, Clearfork Road, went to his Heavenly home on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va., following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 18, 1959, at Pineville, he was the son of the late Dennis W. and Rhada Cook Kennedy.

Tommy was a graduate of Oceana High School and Bluefield State College. He worked at Buddy’s Discount in Jesse, was a substitute teacher in Wyoming County for two years and then was employed by First Community Bank for 22 1/2 years. He was owner and operator of Tom Kennedy Photography in Oceana for three years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a baby sister, Deanna, and a brother, Ronnie.

Survivors include his loving wife of 17 years, Elizabeth L. Brooks Kennedy; “daddy’s little buddy,” his daughter, Lindsey Ladair Kennedy of the home; mother-in-law, Carol Brooks, and brother-in-law, John D. Brooks, both of Pineville; a niece, Marrissa D. Brooks of Logan; and an aunt, Doris Rose of Oceana.

In keeping with Tommy’s wishes, his body was donated to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Crany Baptist Church, Rt. 2 on Clearfork Road, with the Rev. James Walker and the Rev. Charles Cook officiating.

Our family would like to say thank you to the doctors, nurses, and chaplains at the University of Virginia Medical Center for their compassion, care and prayers during our time spent in their facility.

Information submitted for the Kennedy family by Evans Funeral and Cremation Service of Oceana.



Sytha Kiser

NEW RICHMOND — Sytha Kiser, 84, of New Richmond, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, in Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Nov. 28, 1925, at Logan, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Gustie Dales Stacy.

Mrs. Kiser was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the New Richmond Chapel. She was an active participant at the Wyoming County Council on Aging at Itmann where she brought treats and snacks for everyone each day. Her door was always open to the neighborhood youth, always keeping a supply of treats for them. Mrs. Kiser loved to read her Bible and watch television from her recliner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Kiser, and several brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, Eddie Kiser of Detroit, Mich., Walt Kiser of Beaver and Chris Kiser of New Richmond; three daughters, Kaye Loucks of Fredericksburg, Va., Sandy Brown of Oceana and Sue Kiser of Wilton, Calif.; a sister, Lexie Webb of Harmon, Va.; four grandchildren, Michael Kiser of Detroit, Mich., Melanie Loucks of Richmond, Va., James Kiser of Bristol, Va., and Chrissy Kiser of New Richmond; and a great-granddaughter, Haley Kiser of Bristol, Va.

A celebration of Sytha’s life will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Larry England and the Rev. Robert Bannister officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Kiser family.



Eugene Guyer ‘Gene’ Larrick Jr.

OAK HILL — Eugene Guyer “Gene” Larrick Jr., 84, of Oak Hill, died on Thursday, August 26, 2010, after a long, full life.

Born October 16, 1925, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Eugene Guyer Larrick Sr. and Nellie May Harlow Larrick.

Gene was a 1943 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He was a proud veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific.

Mr. Larrick worked at Long-Airdox Company of Oak Hill for over 40 years serving as comptroller and treasurer until his retirement.

A member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Gene served on the Trustee Committee and Administrative Board. He was also past mayor of Oak Hill serving from 1987 until 1995 and was active in many civic and charitable groups. He was a life member of the Elks Club of Beckley and past president of the Oak Hill Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 1998.

His wife of 52 years, Dorcas Prilliman Wheeler Larrick, and a brother, Don Larrick, preceded him in death.

Survivors include one sister, Patty Larrick Cook of Beckley; two sons, Gregory Larrick of Dallas, TX, and Tim Larrick and wife, Susan, of Summersville; five grandchildren, Lindsey Duke of Richmond, VA, Kristen Larrick of Morgantown, Timothy Larrick, II, of Summersville, Molly Larrick of Dallas, TX, and Caroline Larrick of Dallas, TX; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Leigh Duke of Richmond, VA.

Services will be on Monday, August 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Charles D. Miller and Rev. James E. Shepherd officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Visitation will be held at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 29, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Fayette-Nicholas Chapter, PO Box 355, Oak Hill WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Shirley H. Light

PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla. — Shirley H. Light of Port Saint Lucie, and a native of Minden, W.Va., died peacefully surrounded by her loving children on August 26, 2010, in White Plains, N.Y., following complications from gallbladder surgery in early June.

Born on June 10, 1935, to Frederick Harmon and Grace Lily Harmon, she was the only surviving child of twelve that included Frederick Harmon, Helen Blankenship, Katherine Ann Harmon, William Harmon, Joseph Harmon, twins Wesley and Daniel Harmon, John Harmon, Henrietta Jones, Betty Short Hawkins, and Mary Jean Gazzigli.

Her beloved husband, Carl Light, also a native of Minden, preceded her in 2003.

She is survived by three children, Dennis Wayne Light and his wife, Candy, of White Plains, N.Y.; Alison Ann Walsh and her husband Robert of White Plains, N.Y.; Karen Jeanne Lowman and her husband, Robert, of Greenwich, Conn.; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and her best friend, Tony Vumbico. Adored aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Reposing at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV, (304) 256-8625, with visitation Sunday, August 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Services Monday, August 30, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by entombment at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Kerry ‘Dale Boy’ Lusk

CYCLONE — Kerry “Dale Boy” Lusk, 56, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.

Arrangements are incomplete. Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.



Karen S. Maddy

ARCHDALE, N.C. — Karen S. Maddy, 62, of Archdale, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington, N.C., following a long illness.

Born April 19, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Imogene Reese. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Terry and Gary C. Reese. She was a loving mother and homemaker of the Baptist faith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 27 years, Jack A. Maddy of North Carolina, four children, Angela J. Stanley of Ohio, Keith A. Russell and wife Tracy of Virginia, Joey M. Russell and wife Noel of Virginia, Samantha L. Maddy of Florida, five sisters, JoAnn Thompson and husband Larry of Ohio, Linda K. Harrison and husband Michael of Ohio, Judy Serino of North Carolina, Louise McCutcheon and husband Lanty of Virginia, Bobbi Kidwell and husband John of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Davidson County NC for all their love and care, and a special thank you to her home caregivers: Debbie Cherry, Marie Ziglar, and Kristen Grogan.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, 2010, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Tilden Cemetery on Sullivan Road.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family one half hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Eric Maynor

FAYETTEVILLE — Eric Maynor, 49, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.



Gerald Omar Morgan

ORGAN CAVE — Gerald Omar Morgan, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following a short illness.

Born Nov. 30, 1920, at Ronceverte, he was the son of the late James and Lena Morgan Morgan.

Mr. Morgan was a lifelong resident of Organ Cave, and attended the Zion Light Baptist Church.

He was a retired electrician from The Greenbrier hotel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Morgan; two sisters, Francis Earheart and Elva Honaker, and two brothers, Lambert and Melvin Morgan.

Survivors include a son, Roger Morgan of Ronceverte; four sisters, Jane Linkous, Janice Boone and Abigail Toothman, all of Ronceverte, and Donna Estep of Pickaway; two grandchildren, Angela Remley and Stephanie Williams; two great-grandchildren, Corey Morgan and Joseph Remley.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Light Baptist Church at Ronceverte, with the Rev. Gary Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Morgan Cemetery at Ronceverte.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Saturday, at the Longanacre Funeral Home in Fairlea, and at the church one hour prior to the services Sunday.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.



Charles Richard Raines

Charles Richard Raines of Daniels died peacefully at the Beckley VA Medical Center on his 80th birthday. Born August 24, 1930, he was the son of the late Blake and Blanche Raines of Charleston.

Charlie was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. He was a former employee of Union Carbide and Georgia Pacific.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Raines, a sister, Ruth Price, two granddaughters, Lindsey Raines of Rainelle and Stormi Straughn of Concord, N.C., and a great-grandson, Jackson Shaw.

Survivors include his wife and best friend of 24 years, Betty Raines; his children, Susan Gwinn (Gary) and Paul Raines (Vicky) of Rainelle, Jeri Morris (Bill) of Meadow Bridge, Judy Wills (Gary) of Daniels, Janet Crawford (Larry) of Ghent, Joy Straughn of Daniels, Jill Winslow (Blaine) of Kannapolis, N.C., and Jeff Straughn (Susie Sigmon) of Concord, N.C.

Charlie was “Poppy” to 12 grandchildren: Jennifer Wills, Jaime Lefler, Brandy Sterbenz, Jerry Straughn, Jeremy Wills, Kelli Clouse, Joseph Straughn, Kati Carlson, Aimee Brown, Samantha Shaw, Jessica Crawford, and Savannah Brown, and 11 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Macalah Lefler, Dylan and Devon Clouse, Lauryn Matherly, Jacob Lomax, Jayden Straughn, Rayven Straughn, Ty and Ryder Shaw and Aiden Sterbenz.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to any veterans organization.

Per Charlie’s request his body was donated to the WVU School of Medicine.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Submitted by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.



Erma V. Richmond

HINTON — Erma V. Richmond, 85, of Hinton, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Pete Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Upland Cemetery near Hinton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Saturday, at the funeral parlors.

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.



David Paul Rightenour

EDMOND — David Paul Rightenour, 67, of Edmond, was called home to be with Jesus, his savior, on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.

Born October 23, 1942, at Woodbury, Pa., the son of the late John Harley and Ada Weyandt Rightenour.

Paul was a graduate of Roaring Springs High School Class of 1960, a member of Faith Community Church in Beckley and was a longtime resident of Altoona, Pa. He moved to West Virginia in 2005 and became a developer of New River Gorge Estates.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Irving Dennis Rightenour and Ronald Lee Rightenour.

Paul was a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Monica and mother-in-law Anna, both of Edmond, W.Va., his children, Chris Rightenour and wife Clara of Harmony, Pa., Melisa Gastiger and husband Jeremy of State College, Pa.; stepchildren, Johnny Istrate and Alex Istrate of Bucharest, Romania; a sister, Mildred Horetsky of Oro Valley, Ariz.; a spiritual brother, Curtis B. Longenecker of Louisville, Ohio; and many wonderful, loving nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Jason Lowe officiating, and where the family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of the service on Sunday.

Burial will be in Dry Hill Cemetery, Woodbury, Pa.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Ruth Georgia Mae Wheeler

MT. HOPE — Ruth Georgia Mae Wheeler, 69, of 206 Colorado Street, Mt. Hope, died August 25, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center after a long illness.

Born March 22, 1941, in Fayetteville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Richard Curry and Georgia Saunders Curry.

Mrs. Wheeler was baptized at the Glorious Church of God in Christ, Mt. Hope, and attended church at Mt. Hope and Omar when her health permitted. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Plateau Medical Center and Hilltop Nursing Home.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Wheeler Sr., and her brother, Joe Lewis Curry.

Those left to cherish her precious memories are: sons, Richard S. (Janice) Curry of Richmond, Va., Jeffery M. (Joanne) Curry of Fountain, Colo., and Henry E. Wheeler III of Spartansburg, S.C.; daughters, Micki L. Curry of Mt. Hope, Robin L. (Mark) Mann of Rockville, Va., and Stephanie Y. (Robert) Hicks of Oak Hill; sister, Josephine (Rainelle) Lane of Rochester, N.Y.; grandchildren, Teneisha, Tammy, Tasha, James, Jason, Raquel, Rachelle, Jessica, Chris, Ashley, Toshema, Jackie and Jasmine, great-grandchildren, Joseph, Cydney, Tre’, G’yanna, Cyerra, Traelynd and Brylynd; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, August 30, 2010, at the Glorious Church of God in Christ, 421 Main Street, Mt. Hope, with Elder Robert Hicks and Bishop John Grant officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.