Shirley Jean Allen
Shirley Jean Kinder Allen, 82, of Culloden gained her wings Monday, April 5, 2021, surrounded by family. Born August 29, 1938, a daughter of the late Paul “Pete” Kinder and Eloise Kinder Jackson.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life Charles W. Allen and three brothers George, Charles and Danny Kinder. She is survived by her two daughters, Dwana Cremeans of Culloden and Regina (Carl) Cardwell of Milton, four grandsons, Josh (Sarah) Cremeans of Burlington, CT, Cody Cremeans of Culloden, Tyler Cardwell (Lauren & Emma) of Milton, Matt Cardwell of Houston, TX and her great granddaughter Sutton Cremeans, who she absolutely adored. She is also survived by two sisters Beth (Brent) Spencer and Brenda Keaton of Milton and two brothers Greg (Lisa) Kinder of Florida and Ricky “Cotton” Kinder and half brother Eddie Jackson of Milton and a host of nieces and nephews she dearly loved.
Shirley was a retired Putnam County School Teacher and a devoted Christian. She was such a loving, giving person who will be sorely missed.
Graveside Funeral service was Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Valley View Cemetery with Rev. Dicky Jobe officiating.
Alice M. Bartley
Alice M. Bartley passed away on April 2, 2021, at St. Mary’s Medical Center after a short illness. She was a retired teacher and, for the past forty-eight tax seasons, worked as a tax professional in the Milton and Hurricane offices of H & R Block. She had been involved in the credit union movement for more forty years and did book keeping for more than fifty years.
Her parents were the late Ralph Griffin and Glenna Hoskins. She is survived by her husband of over 56 years, William (Bill) D. Bartley, her brother Thomas Griffin of Austin, Texas and several cousins.
Service was at Allen Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021, followed by a graveside service at Valley View Cemetery.
MARK ALAN BURKS
Mark Alan Burks, 61, of Frazier’s Bottom, passed away suddenly at his home on March 19, 2021.
He was a former brick mason and graduate of Winfield High School. He enjoyed fishing and playing music in his spare time and was a member of the Musicians Union.
He is preceded in death by his father, Earnest Ross Burks and mother, Courtney Ann Talkington as well as his paternal and maternal grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Roberta Burks, 2 beloved dogs Josey Wales and Bandit and his children Chad Burks, Justin Tate, Shanah Burks, Leshay Burks, Cameron Burks, Cody Burks, and 13 grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, 4 sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Sammie Kelly Caldwell
Sammie Kelly Caldwell, 74, of Poca, passed away March 31, 2021.
Sammie was retired owner of a seamless gutter company.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Shirley Jean Caldwell.
He is survived by his three children DeAnna Lynn Morgan and her husband Doug, Sammie Kelly Caldwell, Jr. and his wife Stefanie and Ervin Dewight Caldwell; five grandchildren Brett Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Amanda Hilbert and her husband Jerrid, Lucas Caldwell and Christopher Caldwell and two great grandchildren Jace and Zane.
A tribute to the life of Sammie was held Tuesday April 6, 2021, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Doug May officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.
Linda May Hager
Linda May Hager, 82, of Culloden, passed away at Putnam Center on Monday, April 5, 2021. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Rayburn Hager; son, Mark Ryan and parents, May Holley and Raymond Egnor; brother, Steve Egnor and sister, Nancy Whitten.
She is survived by her daughter Marilyn Preston of Tornado, grandchildren, Chris Preston, Melinda (Jason) Stanley, Stepchildren Pam (Rick) Estes of Hurricane and Mark Hager of St. Louis.
Graveside funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021, at Culloden Cemetery.
Kyle L. Hall
Kyle L. Hall, 85, of Scott Depot went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.
He was born in Logan to the late Rush Walter and Maxie Mae McDonald Hall. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Ann Szabo Hall; daughter, Debbie Hall Bliss; sister, Nancy Broom; brothers, Chester and Carl Hall.
Kyle was a retired truck driver from O’Neal Steel Corporation, Kentucky.
He started his career as a truck driver with Bell Lines and was known by his CB handle, “Silver Fox”. Kyle worked for Capital Auto Auction, St. Albans.
He was a member of Grace Baptist Temple, St. Albans and a graduate of Logan High School, class of 1954. A Father of Marshall University who loved driving, vacationing and enjoying his grandchildren Brett and Blake.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Nancy Moulder Hall; daughter, Teresa Morris (TJ); sons, Walter Hall (Susan) and Rudy Moulder (Amy); son-in-law, Tom Bliss; brother, Tom Hall (Debbie); cousins, Roger McDonald and Judy Wayne; grandchildren, Brett, Blake, Peyton and Georgia.
Funeral service was Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Grace Baptist Church, St. Albans with Pastor Jason Thomas and Pastor Aaron Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
Betty L. Lipscomb
Betty Leah Lipscomb, age 78, of Hurricane, passed away on Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at Cleveland Clinic after a hard-fought battle with congestive heart failure.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, last year and by her brother, Greg, also last year.
Betty was born in Hurricane, on September 10th, 1942. Her parents were Jesse and Rosetta Thornton. She had a twin, Bobby, who was still born. She was raised in Hurricane with sisters Janet, Irene, Brenda and brother Greg.
Betty graduated from Hurricane High School with honors and soon married Frank, her high school sweetheart. After having two daughters, Beth and Jennifer, Betty pursued her dream of going to college at West Virginia State to become a teacher. She taught in Putnam County for over 30 years and touched many lives.
Betty was known for being very active and adventurous. She loved to travel and visited many states and many countries, including Italy, Russia, China, Finland, and many others. She was always ready to jump in the car or on a plane for “Girl Trips” with daughters, grand-girls, and great grandsons.
Betty was a voracious reader and loved to quilt and cook delicious meals for many. She was active in the community, including Newcomers & Neighbors, YMCA water class, Forever Friends Teachers, and playing cards with many friends.
Betty had a strong commitment to her large family – organizing reunions and trips with her sisters and cousins.
Left to cherish her memory, and to continue her wonderful traditions are her children Beth Lay, Jennifer (Tom) Midkiff, granddaughters Leah (Jimmy) Scheidler, Erin (Alan) Short, and Rachel Midkiff, and great grandsons Owen, Hudson, and Sutton Scheidler, and soon-to-arrive Jackson Short. She is also survived by her loving sisters Janet Chapman, Irene Goff, and Brenda White, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of her life was held on Thursday, April 1st at Chapman Funeral Home followed by burial at Cunningham Memorial Park.
Dorothy Virginia Reed
Dorothy Virginia Reed, 99, of Elkview, formerly of Buffalo, departed this life Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Born December 13, 1921 in Baltimore, OH, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. Whittington and Nora O. Reedy Whittington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel E. Reed; sons, Jerry Reed and Mark Reed; four brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her children, Linda McDaniels of Nitro, Raymond (Karen) Reed of St. Helen Island, SC, Patricia (Bill) Cogar of Elkview, Tom (Barbara) Reed of Buffalo, Robert Reed of Buffalo, and James Reed of Huntington. Dorothy is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service was Friday, April 2, 2021, at Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo with Pastor Bill Cogar officiating.
Marisha “Paige” Roush
Marisha “Paige” Roush 24, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021 and entered heaven on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Paige was born May 16, 1996, the daughter of Mark Roush and Heather Patterson Hatfield. Paige was welcomed to heaven by her Papa Tom, Uncle Joey Patterson, paternal grandparents, Dencil and Carmella Roush and maternal grandfather, William K. Patterson and her dog, Hustle.
In addition to her parents, Paige leaves behind two brothers, Hunter and Nathan Hatfield; sister, Riley Roush; Mawmaw, Missy Patterson, who was like a mother to her, Paige called herself “Mawmaw’s Brat”; a special aunt that Paige nicknamed, “Me-Me”, Mandy Jividen and her husband Chris; uncles, Bill Patterson and Eric Roush (Julie); special grandparents, David and Karen Jividen; cousins that were more like brothers and sisters to her, Lexy Jividen (Seth), K.C. Nease (Jeff), Christie Jividen (Josh), CJ Jividen, Noel Patterson, (Ace and Jazz), Matthew, Brooke and Raven. Paige also had an extended amount of family and friends from the VFW, Riverside Café and Paradise Inn. Paige leaves behind many great aunts and uncles and a host of cousins and her dog, KY.
Paige was a 2014 graduate of Buffalo High School where she was a member of the basketball and softball teams. She had two special coaches we would like to mention, Brandon and Darryl. Thank you for all the memories. Paige was a former student at Marshall University and a former mail carrier with the United States Postal Service in Huntington. Paige had a smile that could brighten any room, she greeted everyone with a big bear hug and was without a doubt, the life of any party. Paige loved the WV Mountaineers, the North Carolina Tarheels, going to the beach and anything outdoors, especially playing in the mud with her jeep.
A celebration of her life was held Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, officiated by Donnie Fisher. She was laid to rest in Concord Cemetery, Henderson, beside her uncle, Joey.
ROSALEA “ROSE” SOMMERVILLE
Before dawn on 3 April 2021 Rosalea Mae “Rose” Sommerville, 87, of Hurricane arose from her bed, quietly kissed two children asleep at her feet, and left for a better place.
She was born 30 December 1933 on Butcher’s Fork in Lewis County, the eldest daughter of Charles David Edward and Lilly Melvina Queen Hefner. She was a member of the Weston High School Class of 1954. She was wed to the late Robert Wesley Sommerville II and raised two children, Troy Donald Sommerville and Diana Dawn Sommerville Bennett, both of Hurricane. She has two grandchildren, Jeffrey Ryan Bennett and Talina Dawn Bennett Darquenne, and five great – grandchildren, all of Good Hope.
Rose’s steely determination in the face of challenge, her fearless stance in support of the people and values she held dear, her uncompromising grit when hard work was in order, and the open-minded grace with which she weighed the human condition is an example for us all.
Gathering of family and friends was Wednesday, April 7 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans. Rose was laid to rest in Sommerville Family Cemetery, Lost Creek.
Ronnie Lee Sowards Sr.
Ronnie Sowards Sr., 69, of Hurricane, passed away April 1, 2021 from a long-term illness.
Ronnie was the owner of Sowards and Sons Concrete for forty plus years. Ronnie was proud to be a part of the community to become what it has developed into today. Ronnie was also a former employee at Union Carbide prior to starting his own business. Everyone that Ronnie met and had business with could tell you that he was a fair, honest and hard-working man that took pride in his work. He was a great provider for his family and many others. He loved to read his Bible and talk about the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Jeffery Scott and Timothy Shawn Sowards and grandson, Brandon Robert Wilcox. He was the son of the late William Sowards and Naomi Gilfilen of Hurricane. He was the 10th child out of 13 with only two surviving siblings, Jerry Sowards of Milton and Barbara Thompson of Chesapeake, Ohio.
He is also survived by his two children Ronnie and Loretta Sowards of Hurricane; grandchildren, Kassi Cremeans, Tyler and Breanna Sowards and great-grandchild, Jadelyn Tyler. He was well respected and honored by many. He will be sadly and greatly missed.
Funeral service was Tuesday April 6, 2021, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Rick Sovine officiating. Burial was in the Culloden Community Cemetery, Culloden.