Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, founded in 1930, is located in historic Fayetteville-the heart of the New River Gorge National Park, a favorite haven for rafting and rock-climbing enthusiasts. At Dodd-Payne-Hess, we feel that serving families is a privilege, and we understand that the loss of a loved one is a very personal experience. Our pledge is to provide compassion, understanding and professionalism that you can rely on—a promise we've kept to the families of Fayetteville since the day we opened our doors. Families choosing Dodd-Payne-Hess can be assured of the most pleasant and comfortable surroundings. The funeral home is housed in a grand three-story building of late-Victorian architecture. The original structure was built in 1888 as a home for Colonel St. Clair, a C&O Railroad attorney, then later sold to J.D. Boone, a coal magnate and direct descendent of the legendary Daniel Boone. At one time, the land now occupied by the funeral home was the site of a Union fort during the Civil War and is now registered with the Fayetteville Historical Society. The funeral home sits on 3.5 acres of land and encompasses 12,846 square feet. A natural stone wall with iron gates graces the front lawns, while a meandering walkway that is lined with hydrangeas leads you to the front drive. Most of the building's original charm remains intact, including hand-painted murals on the walls and ceilings of several rooms. On the first floor, you will find spacious comforting rooms for services. The third floor has a casket and vault display as well as an office for you and your family to make arrangements. The chapel seats 125 people, with an overflow area that can be used if extra seating is necessary. At Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. For those thinking about planning their arrangements in advance, we also offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility.


Our Obituaries

Thelma Naomi Allport

December 8, 1921 - August 17, 2017

Thelma N. Allport 95, of Lansing, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Bower's Hospice House with family by her side. She was born December 8, 1921 and was the daughter to the late Jacob and Alice Stroud Seelinger. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the Lansing Baptist Church and her faithful...
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Patricia Persinger

April 13, 1952 - August 4, 2017

Patricia “Pat” Ann Persinger, 65, of Fayetteville went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Born on April 13, 1952 at Beckley, she was the daughter of Stollie Pettry Asbury and the late Warren Asbury. Pat was a member of Kaymoor Community Church where she was the former secretary-treasurer and former president of...
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Roger Patrick McKinney

May 26, 1945 - August 2, 2017

HICO – Roger Patrick “Pat” McKinney, 72, of Hico, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on May 26, 1945 he was the son of the late Oter and Ida Mae Boyd McKinney. Pat was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Fayetteville. He was owner and operator of General Exterminating Company in Fayetteville...
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Mildred I. Tench

August 2, 1921 - July 20, 2017

Mildred Iona Patton Smith Tench, 95, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Hidden Valley Nursing Home, Oak Hill. Born on August 2, 1921 at Pear, WV, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Naomi Plumley Patton. Mrs. Tench was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family. Besides her parents, she...
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Helen Louise Hess

November 21, 1927 - July 3, 2017

Helen L. Hess was born on November 21st, 1927 in Nemacolin, PA. She passed away peacefully on July 3rd, 2017, in the afternoon in her home, surrounded by her loved ones. Helen was the daughter of Thomas and Emma Davies. She grew up with six siblings, Genevieve, Elizabeth, Marian, Kathleen, Gil and Tom. She was a member of the Light Opera Guild, the Eastern Star and the South Charleston...
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Kristy Lynn Scruggs

June 29, 2017

Kristy Lynn Scruggs, 36, of Fayetteville, WV, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at home.Born on August 12, 1980, she was the daughter of Sandra Lee Mattox Scruggs and the late Roy Jackson Scruggs.Kristy was a top Avon Representative / National Recruiter. She graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1998. Left to cherish her memory include her son, Alex Wright, and daughter, Gabby Bennett;...
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Margie Marie Stanley

January 1, 1934 - June 25, 2017

Margie Marie Haskett Stanley, 83, of Fayetteville, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, June 25, 2017 with her family by her side.Born on January 1, 1934 at Beards Fork, she was the daughter of the late Albert Nephi and Ethel Mae Scott Haskett.Margie was an active member of Fayetteville First Church of God where she was active in many activities. Some of her activities included teaching Sunday...
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Sharon M. Adams

October 20, 1953 - May 30, 2017

Sharon Melody Elaine Adams 63 of Fayetteville passed away on Tuesday May 30, 2017.Born October 20, 1953, she is the daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth Beasley Hilton.Sharon enjoyed cross stitch, birds, flowers, making jewelry and cooking. She was a 1972 graduate of Fayetteville High School. Sharon had a strong Christian faith.Sharon is preceded in death by her husband, Mark “TD”...
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Jacqueline Y. Britton

July 31, 1954 - May 28, 2017

Jacqueline Yvette Britton, a lifetime resident of Fayetteville, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 28, 2017, after a long hard fought battle with breast cancer. Jackie was born on July 31, 1954 and was the life-mate of Audwin W. Fruit, of Minden, WV, for 40 years. She was a homemaker, avid reader, and most importantly a loving mother to all. Jackie’s most precious jewels were...
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Maude Rose BRUNSTETTER

March 12, 1931 - May 26, 2017

Dr. Maude Phillips Brunstetter, an educator and historian, died May 26, 2017. She was 86.A graduate of Columbia University, Brunstetter taught political science and served as department chair-woman at West Virginia State College (now West Virginia State University). She was one of the original set of people who worked to see the New River Gorge National River became a reality in 1978.She lived...
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Virginia Ferrell

June 19, 1946 - May 26, 2017

Virginia Carol Ferrell, 70, of Fayetteville, went to her heavenly home on Friday, May 26, 2017 after a long illness. Born on June 19, 1946; she was the daughter of the late Elton Earl and Virginia Pearl Rogers. Carol was a faithful wife and loving mother. She attended Sunday Road Baptist Church at Hico. She had 19 years service as a cook for the Fayette County School System. ...
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Mary Elizabeth Ratliff

September 4, 1927 - May 18, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Ratliff, 89, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Raleigh General Hospital.Born on September 4, 1927 on Crooked Run Road, Fayetteville; she was the daughter of the late Hayden Lee and Annie Mary Richards Ratliff.Mary was loved by everyone. She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She spent her life caring and taking care of folks in the community. Mary...
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Mary McClung

February 13, 1946 - May 14, 2017

Mary Edith Starcher McClung, 71, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at home from a short illness.Born on February 13, 1946 in Ripley, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robert Starcher and Edwin and Edna Folden Lohrey.Mary was a member of Gum Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She worked for 32 years at the Putnam County on Aging. Mary enjoyed going to church, working, sitting on...
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Calvin Sharpe

September 22, 1932 - May 12, 2017

Calvin Ebersol Sharpe, 84, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on September 22, 1932 in Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Cecisco Hanson and Pauline Sharpe Vass. Mr. Sharpe was a retired mechanic with the WV State Road with 25 years of service. He and his late wife attended Faith Builders Church in Beckley. He loved to garden, feed...
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Lois Ann Conner

October 30, 1935 - May 10, 2017

Lois Ann Conner, 81, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on October 30, 1935 at Raleigh, she was the daughter of the late John and Leoma Hilton. Lois Ann was a lifelong member of Fayetteville Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clarence Warwick “Pete...
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Lori Ann Skaggs

July 3, 1976 - May 9, 2017

Lori Ann Skaggs, 40, of Huntington, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2017 from a sudden illness.She was preceded in death by her father, Randy Lee Skaggs.Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Lexi Skaggs; mother, Carolyn Sue Skaggs; and brother, Rodney Skaggs and his wife, Amber.Private services will be held at a later date.For those wishing to express your condolences to the Skaggs family,...
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Anna Mabel Burgess

October 20, 1918 - May 6, 2017

Anna Mabel Burgess, 98, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Mary’s Garden in Oak Hill. Born on October 20, 2018 at Burke, WV; she was the daughter of the late Charles and Inez Mabel Nuce Scott. Mrs. Burgess was a member of Fayetteville Emmanuel Baptist Church. She worked as a telephone operator for eight years in Elkton, MD and another six years in...
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James Sullivan

July 11, 1944 - April 30, 2017

James “Silky” Sullivan, age 72, died on April 30 following a brief illness. Having grown up in Fairlea, Silky graduated from Greenbrier High School in 1962. He went on to attend WV Tech where he loved playing basketball. He later joined the Marines and then married Carol Castle, establishing residence in Fayetteville. Silky made his career at Gauley Sales in Hico. His passions...
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Frances Virginia Marine

June 8, 1920 - April 23, 2017

Frances Virginia Linkswiler Marine, 96, of Gatewood, WV went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Ansted Center Nursing Home in Ansted, WV.She was born on June 8, 1920 at Gatewood, she was the daughter of the late Michael Linkswiler & Ocie Garrett Taylor.Mrs, Marine was a homemaker, mother, and grandmother.Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Tony Marine;...
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Patricia Ann Rinehart

August 14, 1952 - April 21, 2017

Patricia Ann Coleman Rinehart, 64, of Oak Hill passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington.Born on August 14, 1952 at Mount Carbon, she was the daughter of the late Willie Ray and Margie Joan Perdue Coleman.Patricia was a licensed phlebotomist. She loved to play bingo, shop, being outdoors in the sun, and spending time with her family and her granddaughter,...
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John D. Stone

January 13, 1923 - April 16, 2017

John D. Stone, 94, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley following a short illness. Born on January 13, 1923 in Lizemores, Clay County, WV, he was the son of the late John Dewey Stone and Wavie Morton Stone. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Virginia Fagan Stone; grandson, Jeremy Stone and his wife Andrea Stone;...
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Janet Doyle

June 14, 1937 - April 8, 2017

Janet Rochelle Doyle, 79, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. Born on June 14, 1937 at Montgomery, she was the daughter of the late Jiggs and Lottie Craddock Thompson. Janet was the beloved wife of Jack, a mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family whom she cherished dearly. In her spare time she loved...
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Ernest Scarbrough

May 12, 1948 - April 5, 2017

Ernest Richard “Ricky” Scarbrough, 68, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Beckley VA Medical Center. Born on May 12, 1948 at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Wesley Edmond and Margaret Frances Simms Scarbrough. Ricky was a US Army Vietnam veteran. He retired from the WV State Road. He enjoyed woodworking and building things,...
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Andrew Sorrell

July 15, 1950 - March 26, 2017

Andrew Oakley Sorrell, 66, of Hico, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 following a long illness.Born on July 15, 1950 at Ansted, he was the son of the late Robert and Maxine Carte Sorrell.Mr. Sorrell was a beloved Vietnam Veteran. He will be missed by his family and friends.Those left to cherish his memory includes his devoted wife of 25 years, Jennifer Sorrell; and siblings: David, Garfield,...
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Ann Covington

December 22, 1944 - March 20, 2017

Ann Bibb Covington, 72, of Fayetteville passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Alfred C and Wilma Kathleen (Craigo) Bibb, and step-daughter of the late John L. Holliday.Following her graduation from Fayetteville High School in 1962, Ann worked for the federal government in Washington, (Public Housing Administration and Food and Drug Administration). She returned...
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Wilda Mae Jennings

September 18, 1934 - March 18, 2017

Wilda Mae Shaver Jennings, 82; previously of Fayetteville WV, died Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home, Woodstock VA, following an extended illness. She was born on September 18, 1934, at London, WV, and she was the daughter of the late Noah Ervin Shaver and Myrtle Zelia Dempsey Shaver. Mrs. Jennings graduated from Glenville State College with a bachelor's degree in...
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Minnie McGraw

March 7, 1933 - March 16, 2017

Minnie Marie Dileonardo McGraw, 84, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at home.Born on March 7. 1933 at Oswald, she was the daughter of the late John and Nancy Dileonardo.Mrs. McGraw worked 30 years in the dietary department at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill. She was a loving wife and mother.Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers: Nick Dileonardo...
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Frances Smith

August 16, 1922 - March 9, 2017

Frances Louise Smith, 94, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, following an extended illness.Born on August 16, 1922 at Singers Glen, VA, the daughter of the late Claude Elmore Lee and Dillie Lee Oliver Lee.Frances was a 1941 graduate of Fayetteville High School. She was a member of Eau Gallie Baptist Church in Florida where she had...
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Patsy Gray

March 29, 1937 - March 7, 2017

Patsy Ruth O’Dell Gray was born in the small coal town of Boomer, West Virginia on 29 March, 1937 at the end of the Great Depression. Boomer is located on the north bank of the Kanawha River, 2 miles southeast of Smithers. Patsy often teased that she was born on a slag pile overlooking the Kanawha River. She was the 4th daughter born to Paul Edward O’Dell of Fowlers Knob, West...
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Clarence Pannell

December 17, 1927 - March 5, 2017

Clarence “Punk” Pannell, 89, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at home with his loving family surrounding him. Born on December 17, 1927 at Cunard, he was the son of the late Clarence Pannell, Sr. and Opal McClelland Pannell. Mr. Pannell was a member of Gatewood Church of God. He worked 20 years in the coal mines and owned Pannell and Sons...
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Frances Bates

March 24, 1943 - March 3, 2017

Frances Nadine Bates, 73, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday March 3, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on March 24, 1943 at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Alan and Flossie Settle Treadway. Mrs. Bates was a retired certified nursing assistant. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bates. Left to share...
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Lila Margaret Ballard

August 28, 1927 - February 28, 2017

Lila Margaret Ballard, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill. She was born at Marting, WV, she was the daughter of the late Euel Milton and Virginia Murriel Butler Duncan. Mrs. Ballard was a member of Gentry Missionary Baptist Church, graduated in 1945 from Montgomery High School, and attended Appalachian Bible...
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Phyllis L. Kessler

May 20, 1927 - February 18, 2017

Phyllis Miller Kessler, 89, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017. Born on May 20, 1927 at Nallen, WV, she was the daughter of the late Cecil Hefner Miller and Fern Champe Miller. Phyllis taught home economics for 39 years in the Fayette County school system. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Concord College and received her...
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Mary McCurdy

October 3, 1956 - February 11, 2017

Mary Lawson Persinger McCurdy, 60, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on October 3, 1956 in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Kenneth and Ellen Mae Miller Lawson. Mary was a 1974 graduate of Fayetteville High School. She enjoyed working on her farm, gardening, cooking, and spending time with...
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Timothy Lee Naylor

January 14, 1958 - February 2, 2017

Timothy Lee “Tim” Naylor, 59 of Fayetteville went to be with Jesus in his sleep on February 2, 2017. Tim was born in Dixie on January 14, 1958 to Anne Naylor and the late Donald Naylor. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, high school sweetheart on March 5, 2014, Lisa Elaine Moran Naylor. Tim was a 1976 graduate of Fayetteville High School...
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Lewis E. Hedrick

June 19, 1940 - January 30, 2017

Lewis Eugene “Gene” “Lew” Hedrick, 76, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at Beckley VAMC following a long illness.Born on June 19, 1940 at Clifftop, he was the son of the late Homer Holland Hedrick Sr. and Lillie Permenter Hedrick.Mr. Hedrick was a retired Army Combat Veteran with over 21 years of Service.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Brenda Harrah Plunkett

October 4, 1951 - January 21, 2017

Brenda Gaye Harrah Plunkett, 65, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at home.Born on October 4, 1951 at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Darrell and Mildred Liberty Myers-Harrah.Brenda loved spending time at the beach, running and hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. She spent a lot of time doing volunteer work.Besides her parents, she was...
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Luther Smith

July 4, 1932 - January 19, 2017

Luther Will Smith, Jr., 84, of Lansing passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.Born on July 4, 1932 at Wake Forest, WV, he was the son of the late Luther William Smith, Sr. and Isabella Miller Smith.Mr. Smith attended Grace Baptist Church. He served his country in US Army. Mr. Smith was a retired coal miner with 33 years of service. In his spare time he enjoyed...
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Doris Jane Lake

September 2, 1930 - January 18, 2017

Mrs. Doris J. Lake, 86, of The Villages at Greystone in Beaver West Virginia, died on January 18, 2017. She has been a resident of Greystone for three and one-half years and has loved every minute of it. Doris was born on Sept. 2, 1930 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. She was one of fourteen children born to Francis and Marian (Schimel) Williams. After graduating from Rockaway High School, Doris...
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Peggy Selvey Franklin Gherke

September 19, 1959 - January 15, 2017

Peggy Ann Selvey Franklin (Gherke), 57, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on September 19, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Charles Boyd Selvey Jr. (1986) and Mildred Selvey Vernon (2008). Peggy was a lifetime member of Fayetteville Presbyterian Church. She was a 1977 graduate of Fayetteville High School, 1981...
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Gory Underwood

February 6, 1926 - January 14, 2017

Gory Franklin Underwood, 90, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 with his family by his side.Gory was born on February 6, 1926 in Montgomery, WV to the late Gory B. and Iola Treadway Underwood.He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, December 6, 2008; his brothers Ray and Earl, and sister, Martha.Gory was a World War II Veteran having fought at the battle of...
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Arnold H. Parsons

August 15, 1935 - January 6, 2017

Arnold Hugh “Pete” Parsons of Fayetteville passed away on January 6, 2017 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV. He was born 8/15/1935 to the late Ralph and Margaret ParsonsProceeded in death by sister, Charlotte Garrett; brothers William “Sonny” Parsons, Ralph Parsons, and Larry Parsons.Those left to cherish his memory are sisters Lura Lechel of Fayetteville,...
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Ella Kuntz Wilson

March 4, 1918 - January 5, 2017

Ella Harriet Kuntz Wilson “Miss Ella” of Fayetteville passed away on January 5, 2017 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV. She was born 3/4/1918 to the late Henry Charles and Runa Maude Kuntz of Swiss, WV. Ella was 98 years old.Her first marriage was to Everett Henry Sprouse. They moved back to Swiss to help on the farm and cook for the boarders. They had one son, Henry Louise...
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William David Aurentz

November 24, 1952 - January 2, 2017

William David Aurentz, 64, of Oakhill, passed away January 2, 2017. He was the son of the late William and Ruth. Aurentz. He was born November 24, 1952 in Oakhill, West Virginia. William was a graduate of Collins High School class of 1971 and attended college in Montgomery. He worked 21 years as a coal miner and 20 years in insurance sales. He enjoyed watching football and CNN. Mr....
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Mildred Lois Fitchett

March 27, 1926 - December 22, 2016

Mildred Lois Fitchett, long-time resident of Fayetteville and a native West Virginian, died peacefully December 22 at the home of her loving sister Jean Ellison. She was 90 years old. Lois lived life with zest. She loved to cook and always dressed with colorful flair. Her warmth and spirit filled every room. A loving mother to her son Jim and a wonderful grandmother to his children,...
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Galen Carte

January 21, 1945 - December 18, 2016

Galen Jake “Cheyenne” Carte, 71, of Fayetteville passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born on January 21, 1945 at Hico, he was the son of the late Harold French and Jessie Hawkins Carte. Mr. Carte was a highly decorated Vietnam Army Veteran. He served two terms in the military from 1963-1965 and 1969-1972. In his spare time...
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Virginia Craft

June 18, 1925 - December 7, 2016

Virginia Mae Tincher Craft, 91, of Fayetteville passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016.Born on June 18, 1925 at Rush, KY, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Laura Crum Davis.Mrs. Craft was an active member of Gatewood Brethren Church. She loved working in the church, sewing, reading, and gardening.Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Thomas Tincher who...
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Donald Raih

August 29, 1940 - December 2, 2016

The Reverend Donald Raih of Fayetteville, WV died on Friday, December 2, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Raih of Fayetteville, WV and their two children, Kevin Raih of Burlington, KY and Kerry Guerini of Fayetteville, WV. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert Raih of Isle of Palms, SC and Richard Raih of Logansport, IN, and three grandsons, Braydon Raih, Kamden Raih...
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Joe Romans

February 28, 1939 - November 29, 2016

Joe Albert Romans, 77, of Fayetteville, WV died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Raleigh General Hospital, after a short illness. Born, February 28, 1939, in Leitchfield, KY, and moved to McMinnville, TN when he was 5 and grew up there. He is the son of the late Elisha Paul and Lillie Ella Snider Romans. He graduated from McMinnville Central High School and attended the University of Tennessee. He...
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Pet Spearen

January 29, 1927 - November 27, 2016

Pet Nutter Spearen left this earth early Sunday morning, November 27th, with her loving family by her side.Pet was born at home in Elk Ridge WV and graduated from Montgomery High School. She met her beloved Carl Edgar, married him at midnight, and eventually gave life to five vicarious children: Eddie Spearen, Pam Mullins, Susan Spearen, Barbee Sigman, and Gregg Spearen. While the family grew Pet...
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Ralph David Bryant

September 30, 1955 - October 29, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home, FAYETTEVILLE, WV.
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Halley H. Hamrick

July 26, 1939 - October 20, 2016

Halley Harvey Hamrick, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Teays Valley Center, Hurricane.Born on July 26, 1939 at Clay, WV, he was the son of the late Herman F. and Ida P. Gibson Hamrick.Mr. Hamrick was of the Pentecostal faith. He loved music, playing the guitar, singing in churches and woodworking. He was a retired coal miner and steel worker.Besides his parents, he...
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Phyllis King

August 27, 1942 - October 17, 2016

Phyllis Carol Chittum King, 74, of Fayetteville passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.Born on August 27, 1942 at Milton, WV; she was the daughter of the late Carl and Havana Smith Chittum.Mrs. King had attended New Beginnings Church of God at Glen Jean. She loved gardening and spending time with her family.She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bernard ...
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Michelle Lynn Newman

April 22, 1979 - September 25, 2016

Michelle Lynn Toney Newman, 37, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away at home on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in North Carolina.Born on April 22, 1979 at Beckley, she was the daughter of Michael Toney, Sr. and Rosa Hudson Kincaid Klosski.Michelle was a homemaker and loved to take care of her children.She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William Hudson, Sr. and Arizona McGinnis Hudson, and...
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William Hudson

December 29, 1951 - September 17, 2016

William Hudson, Jr., 64, of Minden, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at home. Born on December 29, 1951 at Ravenna, Ohio, he was the son of the late William Hudson Sr. and Arizona McGinnis Hudson. Jr. loved Bluegrass music and played the banjo and guitar. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Jean Redden, Mary Jane Musick, and Daisy...
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Gloria Jean Johnson

April 27, 1953 - September 8, 2016

Gloria Jean “Ginny” Johnson, 63, of Oak Hill passed away on September 8, 2016 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill. Born on April 27, 1953 at Lookout, she was the daughter of the late Lester Melvin and Helen Augustine Comer Morris. Ginny loved to collect novelties and go shopping. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles,...
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Bradley R. LEWIS

May 7, 1966 - September 6, 2016

Bradley Raymond Lewis, 50, of Victor, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at home following a long illness.Born on May 7, 1966 in Baldwyn, MS, he was the son of the late Jimmie Roger and Jean Marie Whitaker Lewis.Bradley was a coal miner. He loved hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony “Tony...
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Vincent Stevenson

March 3, 1940 - September 2, 2016

Vincent Sherwood Stevenson, 76, of Lansing passed away Friday, September 2, 2016 at Beckley Appalachian Hospital. Born on March 3, 1940 at Lansing, he was the son of the late George Hamilton Stevenson and Gertrude Edith Stroud Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson served in the US Navy from 1956-1958 where he served on the USS Columbus in the Mike Division in engineering. After that he...
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Joseph Moreland Cowgill

September 20, 1915 - August 29, 2016

In keeping with Mr. Cowgill's wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.Arrangements under the direction of Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, WV.
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Charles William Bryant

January 16, 1930 - August 19, 2016

Charles William Bryant, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.Born on January 16, 1930 at Kaymoor Bottom, he was the son of the late Charles Franklin and Biddie Bertha Kesterson Bryant.Mr. Bryant was a retired Sgt. Major. with the U.S. Army with 27 years of service to his country. He was a member of Kaymoor Community Church.Besides his parents,...
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Gabriel Dwayne Poland

July 6, 2016 - August 8, 2016

Gabriel Dwayne Poland passed peacefully in the arms of his parents on August 8, 2016 and is now in the arms of his Heavenly Father. Gabriel was born on July 6, 2016. Gabriel was a special boy who blessed many and was loved deeply in his short life. He is survived by his parents, Dan and Ashley Poland, his big brother, Daniel; grandparents Jeff and Sherri Sisk and Dan and Marcy Poland;...
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Helen Virginia Rogers

December 6, 1939 - July 30, 2016

Helen Virginia “Jenny” Treadway Rogers, 76, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.Born on December 6, 1939 at Garten, she was the second daughter of the late John Robert and Gertrude Irene Withrow Sampson.Mrs. Rogers was a member of Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle where she used to sing in the choir. In 1958 she graduated from Collins High...
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Thelma Lavers

December 3, 1925 - July 21, 2016

Thelma Voeca Lavers, 90, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Fayette Nursing and Rehab, Fayetteville.Born on December 3, 1925 at St. Petersburg, FL, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Voeca Edwards.Mrs. Lavers was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday School. At the Episcopal Church at West Palm Beach in Florida she was a member...
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Patricia Anne Wendell

July 24, 1927 - July 20, 2016

PATRICIA PHILLIPS WENDELLPat Wendell – a woman of many passions, talents and accomplishments – died at home on Wednesday, July 20th, surrounded by people who loved her. She was 88 and, having made clear her dismay about turning 89, avoided that indignity by leaving us four days before her birthday.She was born on July 24, 1927 to Charles L. and Frances Phillips, who named her Patricia...
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Edward Schoolcraft

October 22, 1926 - July 17, 2016

Edward Lee Schoolcraft, 89, of Fayetteville, West Virginia, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Fayette Nursing and Rehab, Fayetteville.He was born on October 22, 1926, in Huntersville, West Virginia to Kenneth and Daisy Schoolcraft.He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Daisy Schoolcraft, brothers Herb, Jack, Wilbur, and Roy Schoolcraft, and son, Bruce Schoolcraft.Survivors...
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James Grose

November 17, 1925 - July 2, 2016

James Alfred “Jim” Grose, 90, of Fayetteville, passed away, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. Born on November 17, 1925 at Swiss, he was the son of the late Ollie and Carrie Hypes Grose. Jim proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a member of...
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Mary Shieler

April 3, 1947 - June 27, 2016

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - Mary Yvonne Shieler, 69, formerly of Fayetteville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.Born on April 3, 1947 at Rt. 2 Fayetteville, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd David and Susie Ellen Bailes Shieler.Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers: Edward Eugene Shieler, Harold Lloyd Shieler, Louis...
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Burrel H. Williams

January 9, 1928 - June 27, 2016

Burrel Harrison “Burley” Williams, 88, of Fayetteville passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.Born on January 9, 1928 at Kaymoor, he was the son of the late John and Mayme Jackson Williams.Burley was a retired coal miner having worked at Kaymoor Mining and New River Piston Sewell Company. Following retirement from the mines, he worked for King Coal...
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Paula Gilliam

August 24, 1963 - June 13, 2016

Paula Canterbury Gilliam, 52, of Fayetteville went home to be with the Lord on June 13, 2016.“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”Paula was born at home on August 24, 1963 to Shirley and Ralph Canterbury, the seventh of nine children.Paula was married to the love of her life on November 11, 1983, Luke Gilliam. They shared many wonderful years...
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Gloria Marguerite Null

October 23, 1921 - June 12, 2016

Gloria Marguerite Epperly Null, 94 of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her home. Born on October 23, 1921 at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Molly Moses Epperly. Marguerite was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church; Order of Eastern Star #107, Arrowhead Home Makers, Ruth Thurmond Circle, former Sunday School teacher, graduate of...
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Evan Matthew Nottingham

March 31, 2016 - June 12, 2016

Evan Matthew Nottingham, 10 weeks old, went home to be with the Lord suddenly on Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Indiana.Born on March 31, 2016 in Jeffersonville, IN, and was the son of Karey Nottingham and Amy Dickerson.He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Margaret Dickerson and paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Nottingham.Left to cherish his memory include his parents, Karey...
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William Hizer

June 11, 2016

William Eugene “Billy Boy” Hizer, 60, of Red Star was granted eternal peace with his Lord on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA following complications from a long illness. He was surrounded by loved ones as he left this world behind.He was born on January 14, 1956 to Freda and the late Eugene Hizer. He grew up in Brooklyn with his brothers and sisters...
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Delores J. Falls

July 25, 1948 - June 11, 2016

Delores Jean (Wendell) Falls, 67, passed away in her home on Saturday, June 11, 2016.Born on July 25, 1948 in Courton, WV; to still surviving mother, Gladys Elkins Wendell Wise.Delores was a 1966 graduate of Fayetteville High School and shortly after graduation she married the love of her life, Alfred Falls. Their marriage of 49 years produced two children: son, Stephen Falls and daughter,...
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Margaret Capps

December 5, 1941 - June 4, 2016

A great light has gone out in the world, Margaret Ann Capps, 74, of Fayetteville went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.Born on December 5, 1941 in Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Elden and Lucille McNeely White.Margaret was a member of First Church of God, Fayetteville. She loved the Lord, her daughter, and her church family. In...
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Robert McKown

March 19, 1930 - May 31, 2016

ROBERT “BOB” EVAN McKOWN FAYETTEVILLE, WV – Robert “Bob” Evan McKown, age 86, of Fayetteville, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in the Harper Mills Rehab/Nursing Home, following a brief illness.He was born in Millstone, Calhoun County, on March 19, 1930, a son of the late Evan McKown and Shirley Powell McKown.He is survived by his wife Nancy Strickland McKown of...
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Alma Dorcas Keaton

June 14, 1916 - May 12, 2016

Alma Dorcas Skidmore Keaton, 99, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill. Born on June 14, 1916 at Given, WV; she was the 8th child of 9 children and daughter of the late John B. Skidmore and Louisa Martha Susan Jones. Dorcas was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church, Leota Campbell/Ruth Thurmond Circle, Well I’ll Bee,...
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Dolores Evelyn Kincaid

May 23, 1930 - May 3, 2016

Dolores Evelyn Rockhold Kincaid, age 85, passed away under Hospice care on May 3, 2016 at Port Saint Lucie Nursing and Restorative Care, FL. Dolores and her husband Don had lived in Fort Pierce, FL since 1985.Born on May 23, 1930, in Dunbar, WV, she was the daughter of the late Charles William Rockhold and Harriet (Peggy) Rockhold.Dolores was employed at Kanawha Glass Company in Dunbar before...
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Joyce Ann Sampson

April 18, 1935 - April 29, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home, FAYETTEVILLE, WV.
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Anna Lee Meadows

October 24, 1926 - April 14, 2016

Anna Lee Meadows 89, of Marion, VA went to her heavenly home April 14, 2016. She was born on October 24, 1926 in Brooklyn, WV. She was a resident of Fayetteville, WV for 72 years before moving to Virginia.Ms. Meadows loved going to church, spending time with family and friends and taking care of her grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Edith Tincher,...
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Alice Womack Todaro

November 27, 1922 - April 14, 2016

Alice Womack Todaro, age 93, passed away April 14, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV after a short illness.Born on November 27, 1922, in Colorado, TX, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Henry Womack and Viola Jane Bozeman Womack.Alice was a career U.S. Civil Service employee who retired in Fayetteville in November 1993 after 26 years of government service in the U.S. Department of...
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Steven Michael Richards

June 12, 1954 - April 6, 2016

Steven Michael Richards, 61, formerly of Fayetteville, WV, passed away on April 6, 2016 in Lafayette, LA. Born on June 12, 1954 at Oak Hill, WV; he was the son of the late Harry L. and Helen Jacobs Richards. Steven graduated from Fayetteville High School and attended Marshall University. While in high school, Steven worked cleaning the local airport hangar in return for...
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James E. Roles

June 7, 1932 - March 30, 2016

James Emmett Roles, 83, of Fayetteville, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Fayette Nursing and Rehab. Born on June 7, 1932 at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late James Samuel Roles and Myrtle Mason Roles Simmons. Mr. Roles attended Salem Road Free Baptist Church. He was a disabled truck driver and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Besides his parents,...
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Roberta Ramona Barton

August 17, 1927 - March 21, 2016

Roberta Ramona Pennington Barton, 88, of Lansing, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016 in Greensboro, NC. Born on August 17, 1927 at Lansing, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Gladys Howell Pennington. Mrs. Barton was of the Baptist faith and attended Lansing Baptist Church. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Florida International University. She retired from...
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Betty Lea Maples

July 3, 1931 - March 19, 2016

Betty L. Maples, of Oak Hill, was reunited with the love of her life, Elwood, on March 19, 2016, following a short illness. Born on July 3, 1931, in Romont, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Russie McClung Skaggs. Other than her husband and parents, Betty was preceded in death by sisters Inez Foster and Glenna Kesler. Betty was a proud...
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Bonnie Carol Ellison

September 28, 1948 - March 17, 2016

Bonnie Carol Ellison, 67, of Carlisle, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at home. Born on September 28, 1948 at Kaymoor Bottom, she was the daughter of the late Carl Woodrow Ellison and Glenora Mae Robinson Ellison. Ms Ellison attended Carlisle Church of God when she was able. She worked 20 years at the Holiday Inn in Oak Hill. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening,...
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Rhonda Kincaid

April 7, 1952 - March 12, 2016

RHONDA KAYE WHITE KINCAIDApril 7, 1952 – March 12, 2016 Rhonda Kaye White Kincaid, (“Nonny”), 63, of Fayetteville, passed peacefully into eternal paradise, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 7, 1952 in Montgomery, WV to Betty June White and the late and beloved Lawrence Charles White. She...
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Olivia Hubbard

May 8, 1961 - March 9, 2016

“Olivia “Dee Dee” Diane Lane-Conliffe-Hubbard” In the early afternoon of Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Olivia passed away peacefully at Chesapeake Regional Hospital in Chesapeake, Virginia. Olivia was 54 years old. Olivia was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 8, 1961. She was the oldest child of Nellie B. Lane and Sam Crosby. Olivia was often...
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Betty Broshears

October 22, 1923 - March 9, 2016

Betty Louise Broshears, age 92, died peacefully on March 9, 2016 at a Charlotte, NC hospital with her children at her bedside. Betty was born October 22, 1923 in Lansing, WV to parents John Augustus (Gus) and Laura Ellison. She was the next to the youngest of eleven children.Betty was a member of Fayetteville Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed her circle meetings. She also belonged to the Red...
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Eileen P. Kinder

September 1, 1920 - February 25, 2016

Eileen Parsons Kinder, 95, of Fayetteville, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.Born on September 1, 1920 at McKees Rock, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clinton Hilton Parsons and Farice Pearl Chambers Parsons.Mrs. Kinder was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church. She received her RN training at Laird Memorial School of Nursing in Montgomery. She...
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Kathryn R. Drennen

June 21, 1928 - February 23, 2016

Kathryn Ruffner Drennen, 87, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the home of her son and his family. Born on June 21, 1928 at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Charles Herbert and Eva Belle Eades. Kathryn was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church. She graduated from Ansted High School. She was a retired Fayette County School Lunch Supervisor....
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James H. Bragg

February 22, 1938 - February 22, 2016

James H. Bragg, 78, of Oak Hill passed away on February 22, 2016 at Medina County Hospital in Medina, Ohio.Born on February 22, 1938 at Widen, he was the son of the late Carl and Sybil Hall Bragg.Mr. Bragg retired from the Ford Motor Company.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife and the love of his life, Stella Annie Bragg on September 24, 2014; his son, Sam Taylor;...
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Clifford Lee Burdette

February 12, 1926 - February 20, 2016

Clifford Lee “Speedy” Burdette, 90 passed peacefully through heavens gates on February 20, 2016 in Ashland, Kentucky. Cliff was born in Handley, WV on February 12, 1926 to the late William and Anis Walker Burdette, formerly of Oak Hill, WV. In his younger years, Cliff played semi-professional football where he earned the nickname, “Speedy” that he carried with him through...
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Robin Adkins Wheeler

January 4, 1968 - February 18, 2016

Surrounded by her family at 6:42 PM on February 18, 2016 Robin Adkins Wheeler gained her wings to go be with her dad and grandparents at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. At Temple she won her fight against cancer but lost the war to surgery complications.She was born on January 4, 1968 at Oak Hill.Robin leaves behind her husband of 28 years, Bob; her two children, daughter Ashley and son...
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Reed Andrew Austin

July 8, 1986 - February 13, 2016

Reed Andrew Austin, 29, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 from injuries he received in a house fire.Born on July 8, 1986 at Beckley, he was the son of the late Donnie Lynn and Jo Elizabeth Cherrington Austin.Reed is survived by his brother, Christopher Nicholas “Nick” Austin; his grandparents, Joan and Leon Cherrington; his mother’s siblings, Chris...
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Emma Christine Goodson

February 18, 1947 - February 13, 2016

Emma Christine Tincher Goodson, 68, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 of injuries received in a house fire. Born on February 18, 1947 in Raleigh County, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur Allen and Emma Della Smailes Tincher. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by Reed Austin whom she considered as one of her own sons and one sister,...
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George Daniel Brewer

May 29, 1953 - February 10, 2016

George Daniel Brewer Sr., 62, formerly of Bradley, WV passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Charlottesville, VA from injuries he received in an automobile accident on January 22, 2016 in Virginia. Born on May 29, 1953 at Bradley, WV, he was the son of Ella Jeannine Elliott Brewer of Bradley, WV and the late Ronald Leslie Brewer Sr. George attended Waynesboro...
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Virginia Ellen Ellison

October 12, 1940 - January 28, 2016

Virginia “Ellen” Mazur-Ellison, 75, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.Born at Fayetteville on October 12, 1940; she was the daughter of the late Herman and Mary E. Dial Royal.Ellen was a member of Solid Rock Worship Center, Oak Hill. She was a homemaker and enjoyed raising cockatiels and doves, raising flowers, and reading her...
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Rodney Armstrong

December 29, 1925 - January 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home, FAYETTEVILLE, WV.
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Stephen John Olsavsky

August 21, 1929 - January 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home, FAYETTEVILLE, WV.
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Dorothy Cutright

June 12, 1948 - January 13, 2016

Dorothy Shockey Cutright, 67, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. Born on June 12, 1948 at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Houston and Emma Westfall Shockey. Dorothy was a 1966 graduate of Fayetteville High School. She enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters. Besides her parents, she...
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