The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 18, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012


Anna Ruth Pivont

HINTON — Anna Ruth Pivont, 100, of Hinton died at 11:46 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012, at the Woodlands in Clifton Forge, Virginia, after a short illness.

Born July 19, 1912, at Elkins, she was the daughter of the late James Alba and Dollie Grace Taylor Vanscoy.

Ruth was the owner of the Tots & Teens shop in Hinton for 58 years. She had been a member of Central Baptist Church in Hinton since 1943. Ruth was a former member of the Hinton City Council and was active in many civic organizations in Hinton, most notably serving for many years on the West Virginia State Water Festival Committee, which her late husband helped in founding. Ruth had been a resident of Hinton since 1942 and had recently resided with her daughter in Clifton Forge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Ray Pivont, Sr., in December 1976. Also preceded by four brothers, Russell, Stanley, Paul and George Vanscoy. Three sisters, Virginia Eastin, Marie Johnson and Betty June Hart. A Son-in-law, John Hardy.

Survivors include a son, Leon Ray Pivont, Jr., and wife Donna of Hinton. Three daughters, Sandra Hardy of Clifton Forge, VA, Kay Fleshman and husband Bobby Hinton and Stephanie Callaghan and husband Dave of Charleston. Four brothers, Robert Vanscoy and wife Mildred of Naples, FL, and Howard Vanscoy, Hubert Vanscoy and wife Betty and Harry Vanscoy and wife Twila, all of Elizabeth City, NC. One sister, Carman Ayers of Canal Fulton, OH. Nine grandchildren: Lisa Lester and husband Steve, Brad Hardy, Autumn Paluch and husband Ted, Lee Pivont and wife Dena, Scott Bryson, Rebecca Bragg and husband Steve, Greg Bryson, Cindy Liles and husband Rod, and Susan Slussear. Three stepgrandchildren: Mike, Mark and Elizabeth Callaghan. Twenty-three great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Entombment will follow in the Pivont Mausoleum at Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

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