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December 12, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012



Mary Sue Mottesheard

ANSTED — Mary Sue Mottesheard, 66, of Ansted, died on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Ms. Mottesheard was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Craig Allen Persinger

RICHWOOD — Craig Allen Persinger, 53, of Richwood, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

A memorial service will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Evangelist Sam Gwinn officiating.

Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.


Elijah Short Sr.

Elijah Short Sr., 87, of Mabscott, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Michael King officiating.  

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Nixola ‘Nickey’ Smith

MCCONNELL — Nixola “Nickey” Smith, of McConnell, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012, at First Baptist Church of McConnell, with Pastor John Godby officiating. Friends may call on the family at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of McConnell.

For email condolences go to:

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan, is in charge of arrangements.


Sarah Mae Haney Smith

GREEN CAMP — Sarah Mae Haney Smith, 74, of Green Camp, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012, in Beckley.

Sarah was born December 24, 1937, in Welch, W.Va., a daughter of Alva Mae Houck and the late Jason Haney.

She was a loving mother and a member of the Mullensville Church of God in Jesus Name.

In addition to her father, her husband Jim Smith, a son Darrell Smith, great grandson Jadon Brown preceded her in death along with four brothers Bill, Kenneth, Johnny and Dewey, two sisters Ann Akers and Rosie Smith.

Survivors include her mother Alva Houck Haney of Beckley; four sons Mike Smith of Green Camp, Jimmy (Teresa) Smith of Glen Fork, Joseph (Lisa) Smith of Ghent and Kenneth (Kim) Smith of Bedford, Va.; a daughter Diana (Jackie) Hart of Coal City; two sisters Dorothy Hamilton of Welch and Mary (Benny) Mullins of Bluefield; two brothers Howard Haney and Bobby Haney, both of Roderfield; a special friend, Rosie Sizemore of Pineville; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Mullensville Church of God in Jesus Name,  with Pastor Arlis Cook and Pastor Shirley Fox officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

The family extends special thanks to the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital third floor nurses and staff.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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