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Obituaries – Week of March 18, 2021

Joe Douglas Allen
Joe Douglas “Doug” Allen, 71, of Hurricane, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Born June 7, 1949 in Milton, WV, Joe was the son of the late William Holcomb Allen, Sr. and Ruby Norma Allen (Ramey). On July 21, 1973, he married Hannelore Ingeborg “Hanna” Allen (Kröger) with whom he had one son, Joe Douglas Allen, Jr.
Joe graduated from Hurricane High School in 1967 and volunteered for the United States Army where he served in Vietnam, the United States, and Germany retiring with the rank of Sergeant Major in 1989. Joe eventually continued to serve as a mail carrier with the US Postal Service in Hurricane, until his final retirement in 2007. Throughout all of this, Joe was also always a farmer at heart and enjoyed farming until his passing.
Devoting his life to the cause, whether it was for his country or for the happiness of others, Joe always showed his loyalty, selflessness, and kind heart to those around him. He often left a lasting impression on everyone and will forever be remembered by all he touched.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruby Allen, and brother William “Bill” Allen, Jr. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Hannelore Allen of Hurricane, son Joe Allen, Jr. and daughter-in-law Ashley Allen (Morgan) of Hollywood, MD, sister Jeannette Riffe (Allen) and brother-in-law Charles Riffe of Leesburg, FL, sister-in-law Frances Allen (Riffe) of Leesburg, FL and Hurricane, nephews Bradley Allen and family, and Matthew Allen and family of Cincinnati OH, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Internment was at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mary Jo Bailey
Mary Jo Bailey, 58, of Maysel, formerly of Scott Ridge, Red House, passed away March 8, 2021 at home.
She was a graduate of Poca High School and a member of Bancroft Church of God Mission.
Mrs. Bailey is preceded in death by her parents James and Beatrice Randolph; son Kenny Bailey; husband Lee Bailey and sisters Frances Griffith and Patricia Walker.
She is survived by her children Loni Sparks and Brandon Bailey (Tiffany DeMorato); brother Jim Randolph and nine grandchildren Jack, Michael, Colton, Austin, Dallas, Mason, Jason, Grayson and McKenna.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mable Ilene Beaver
Mable Ilene Beaver, beloved mother went home March 15, 2021, at the age of 91, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and complications of several strokes. She was the daughter of the late James Mervin Dent and Sabie Ann Dent.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hubert Beaver Jr.; Son, Rusty Edwin Beaver; Daughter, Connie Beaver Parker and Brother, James “Jim Bob” Robert Dent; Son-in-law, Steve Miller
She is survived by daughters, Deborah Beaver with whom she made her home and Rinda Ann Beaver Miller; Sister, Rachel Dent Johnston; Brother and Sister-in-law, Clinton “Bud” and Xylphia Beaver and Sister-in-law Alice Bird Beaver; Son-in-law, Marion Parker; 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, 1 great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dawn Richardson-White
Dawn Richardson-White, 63, of Hurricane, went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 12, 2021, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, following a long illness.
She was born July 23, 1957 in Charleston, to the late Claude and Juanita Hamby. In addition to her parents her sister, Kay Graham, also preceded her in death.
Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 5 years, Randy White; daughter Brittany (Brad) Cochran of Winfield; stepson Chris White of Scott Depot; stepdaughters Melissa Childers and Courtney White both of Scott Depot; grandsons Isaiah (Buddy) and Jacob (Peanut) Cochran and step-grandchildren Brennan, Arwin and Christopher White, Bryson, Brayden, and Tori Childers, Anna, Cassie and Emily Allen; sister Beverly (Larry) Lanham of Pensacola, FL; brother Harold (Ginny) Hamby of Hurricane; nieces Angie (Dan) Massey of Palmyra, VA, Leslie Lanham and Wendy Wilson of Pensacola, FL and Kelli Ross of Hurricane; nephew Brian Hamby of Wilmington, NC and a host of other friends and family members.
Dawn worked for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. She was a big WVU fan, loved the beach and especially loved her dog, Sophie, and cat, Simba. Dawn was a very courageous women, she was a giver and lover, and loved her grandchildren dearly.
Service was Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Grant officiating. Burial was in the Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty.

William “Smokey” Stover
William E. “Smokey” Stover, 90, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away Friday March 12, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.
Born October 20, 1930 in Gallagher, he was a son of the late Charles and Sylvia Stover.
Smokey served his country in the United States Army. He retired from Prime Energy as the Eastern Operation District Manager after many years of faithful service. Smokey was a member of Harmony Baptist Church, Southside where he served as Deacon. In his free time, he enjoyed visiting with people at local nursing homes and hospitals.
He is survived by his wife, Lavaughn Stover; children, Gloria E. Thompson of Arkansas, Ronnie E. Stover (Heather) of Florida, and Wilma Tennant (Howard) of Texas; Terry Stover; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Faye Collins and Charles Stover both of South Carolina.
Funeral service was Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Rev. David Radcliff officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Joseph Curtis “Joe” Taylor
Joseph Curtis “Joe” Taylor, 50 of Scott Depot, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington.
He loved fishing and playing his guitars.
Surviving are his loving mother and father, Judith Lynn and Paul Smith of Scott Depot; sisters, Jan Trimble (Tim) of Hurricane, Julie Hass (Steve) Charleston and Jamie Taylor of St. Albans; blessed with his best friend and brother, Jack Payne of Ona and Mark Grubbs of Ona. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and his dogs Rudy and Niko.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his parents’ home at 103 Dawn Heights, Scott Depot.

Jessica Lauren Yates
Jessica Lauren Yates of Hurricane, passed from this life to be with the Lord on March 7, 2021. Jessica was born November 9, 1999 to Michael and Beverly Yates.
Jessica had a smile that would light up the room as she entered it and touched everyone’s heart. She had many talents. She played the piano beautifully, loved playing tennis and her voice was breathtaking as she sang.
Jessica was attending Marshall University and was to graduate this May 1st with a bachelors degree in Health Science. She was planning to enter the social work program. She was doing exceptionally well and remained on the deans list. She loved helping others and recently called her Mother to hear the letter read aloud that she had written to the University while applying for acceptance into the program. She had big dreams.
Jessica was a math tutor at Marshall University and was a 3-year member of the American Red Cross. She also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and loved it. Jessica loved children and life. She meant the world to her Mother and Father.
She walked this earth for just 21 short years but will live through her Father and Mother, friends and families whose lives she has touched forever.
Jessica is survived by her Mother and Father, Beverly and Michael Yates of Hurricane; Grandfather, Grant Allen Yates of Ormond Beach Florida, Grandmother Barbara Rowe of Fairmont, and Grandfather Wilbur M. Smith of Fairmont, West Virginia.
She was preceded in death by the late Carol Lee Yates Grandmother, the late Rachel E. Yates step Grandmother, the late Suzanne Smith step Grandmother, the late George P. Rowe step Grandfather and the late Grant Allen Yates Jr. uncle.
Jessica was especially fond of her Uncle Rick Marcena of Fort Lauderdale Florida. He knew she was destined to change this world and do great things and was always there for her.
She spoke often with Aunt Heidi Goff of Fairmont, West Virginia. They would chat for hours. Heidi knew she had a bright future and treated her like one of her own.
Jessica’s Grandfather Allen Yates was especially fond of her. He said, “she was the daughter he never had.” She adored him and could not wait to go to her “happy place” as she called it.
Others that held a special place in their heart for Jessica were her Great Aunt Kim and Uncle Bill from Fairmont, West Virginia. Her Uncle Mike and Aunt Tabby of Grant Town, West Virginia, Great Uncle Preston from Kokomo Indiana and his late wife Melissa, her Great Aunt Shirley of Russiaville, Indiana. We cannot forget her rowdy puppy Boomer, which her Mom and Dad will cherish him and love him for the rest of his life.
Funeral service was Saturday March 13, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Charles V. Williams officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

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