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Obituaries for Week of May 6

Jack D. Chapman, Sr.
Jack D. Chapman, Sr., 85, of St. Albans, formerly of Scott Depot, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
Born May 5, 1935, he was a son of the late Willie P. and Easel J. Hill Chapman as well as his first wife of 55 years and mother of his children, Connie.
Jack was retired from Union Carbide Corp. Tech Center, South Charleston and was a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Scott Depot. He also had been employed by the Department of Defense through RCA at Cape Canaveral, worked at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN.
Surviving are his wife, Beth Milne-Chapman; sons, Richard of Peyton, CO, Jack D., Jr (Jena) of Milton, Paul (Cinda) of Mint Hill, NC; step-children, Cheryl Williams of Cross Lanes, Greg Snodgrass (Kim) of Charleston; grandchildren, Crystal and Aaron of Denver, CO, Matthew and Christine of Mint Hill; step-grandchildren, Jeremy Williams (Bobbi Sue) of Myock, NC, Jerrod Williams (Bobbi Jo) Tornado, Joshua Snodgrass (Talia) of St. Clairsville, OH, several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Monday, May 3, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Rev. J. Kent Estep officiating. Entombment will be in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Diana Kay Edwards
Diana Kay Edwards, 67, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 30, 2021, after a very long illness, and many health issues.
Diana was a graduate of Hurricane High School, where she lived most of her life and graduated with honors. She was preceded in death by her sister Regina Bird, along with both her parents Kines and Herman (Munk) Humpreys. Diana was survived by her only daughter Christie Edwards of Hurricane, and her only beloved granddaughter Destiny Kelly also of Hurricane. Diana will be remembered as a loving grandmother, mother, and friend. As well as for her love for all animals but especially her love of her birds and bunnies.
Diana’s final wishes were to be cremated; her memorial service will be held from 5pm-7pm on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at Allen’s Funeral Home with pastor Dan Mallot officiating.

John Koehn
John Floyd Koehn, 78, of Hurricane, passed away on April 25, 2021.
John was a born in Charleston, and graduated from Charleston High School. He attended Georgetown College in Kentucky and graduated from WV State University. He was a devout Christian who was baptized at Oakwood Baptist Church at the age of 10 years old. He was a retired CPA and grocery store owner. From his time in Charleston to Wilmington John was passionate about people. The Foodland and IGA grocery stores were always a staple in the Oakwood community. He was a very joyful and fun loving man who loved his daughters, grandchildren, and great grandson. John had a passion for football games at Mountaineer Field and North Carolina Basketball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Margaret Koehn; his wife, Brenda Carney Koehn; daughter, Lori Pinson.
John is survived by his daughter, Kimberli Koehn Anderson of Hurricane; grandchildren, Nathan Kennedy, Dustin Pinson, Ciara Anderson, Cassie Pinson and Marissa Carter; great grandson, Liam Pinson; sister, Susie (Peter) Vaslow of Bethesda, MD; several nieces and nephews; and last but certainly not least, his besties, “The Ellison/Stricker Rd. Gang”.
A service to Honor the Life of John was held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, So. Charleston, with Rev. Brandon Carter officiating.

Charles “Chuck” Savilla
Charles “Chuck” Savilla, 45, of Hurricane, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
Born August 19, 1975 in Charleston, he was preceded in death by his Granny Kate Fisher; grandparents, Rockford and Nellie Barnett Thornton, Ruth “NahNah” Savilla and his cousin, Ben Savilla.
Chuck is survived by wife, Kerri Spears-Savilla; children, Tobi Starr (Drew Pauley), Ashton KayAnne, Johna Blayne, Manny and Chase; parents, Shirley Thornton Whittington (Woody Baldwin), Charles M. Savilla; father and mother-in-law, John “Silverfox” and Debbie Spears; sister-in-law, Missy Johnson and her children, Peyton and Kaylee Johnson, Tate Grierson; best friend, Jamie Shuff (Natalie); other close and special friends, Sam and Jeanine Carpenter, Hop White, Torrey Clark (Rachel), Loren and Sterling Banks; his extra children, Jackson and Olivia Shuff, Anna, Aidan and Austin Shannon; niece, TJ Baldwin.
Chuck was a 1993 graduate of Winfield high School and a retired Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy along with his K-9, Jackson. He considered his current employer, Nehemiah Construction-Matt Ryder as family. He enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling with his family. He proudly coached his girl’s ball teams and entertained the neighborhood children with energy and compassion. Many knew Chuck by his tough exterior, but his girls knew him as their “motherly father”. You may be surprised to learn that he was an accomplished nail tech, hair dresser and could sew a mean blanket or two. He was the epitome of Mr. Mom. He would often say, “I don’t know how you girls will survive without me.” Today, they question the same.
A private celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at a later date.

James “Jim” Schad
James Alan Schad, known to all as Jim, met Jesus face-to-face on April 26, 2021, after complications from surgery. First and foremost, Jim accepted God’s will through it all.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Schad and Lillian Nagy Schad. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Schad, children Cory (Sarah), Erin (Heather), Brandon (Angelica) and Lindsey “Meredith”(Mike). Jim has ten grandchildren left to cherish him – Phoenix, Jaden, Jace, Jarron, Olivia, Abigail, Victoria, Odin, Keegan and Baker; one brother Larry (Rick) and a host of friends.
Jim was born and raised in Butler, PA. He attended Penn State University with a degree in geology. He later obtained an MBA from ETSU. Jim worked in coal industry management his entire career until retirement in 2016.
Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed life to the fullest. Travels took Jim and Sheila to Scotland, Aruba, St. Thomas, Florida, but his most touching travel was to Israel with Grace Life Church. Here, Jim visited the empty tomb, walked the roads walked by Jesus and was baptized in the Jordan River. Jim’s faith in God was unmeasurable on this earth.
Jim loved to trap shoot and this too took him to many places where he met new friends. Jim loved a good friendly game of poker. Both of these brought smiles and laughter to his life. Above all Jim would tell anyone stories of his love for God, his family and his grandchildren.
Jim will be missed by many family and friends. The family extends their sincere gratitude to CAMC Memorial medical team for the greatest of care and being faithful with his family and to all who prayed with and for him. Although Jim’s race on earth ended way before we wanted it to, God knew what was best for him and with that those left to cherish Jim know we will see him again. Jim would say “To God be the Glory.” On Jim’s hospital window this verse was placed “I will not die, instead I will live to tell what the Lord has done.” This will be carried out during his celebration of life.
A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, May 2, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Ministers Jamie Wright, Lisa Wright and Debby Meadows officiating. Entombment was in Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane.

Phyllis Ann Swann
Phyllis Ann Rappold Swann, 85, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 in St Mary’s Hospital after a long illness. She was born on Main Street in Hurricane on December 25, 1935 to the late C. W. “Pete” and Ruby Beckett Rappold. Living her life within a few blocks of her birthplace she graduated from Hurricane High School where she played Saxophone in the Marching Band and was the Jr. Attendant to Miss Redskin. She married the love of her life on January 29, 1953 Joe Franklin Swann, She worked at Lake & Davis in Hurricane, sold Avon and was a Teacher’s Assistant at Ready Set Go Preschool for several years. She was a member of the Pine Grove Church of Christ in Scott Depot, WV.
She was preceded in death by her parents C. W. “Pete” & Ruby Beckett Rappold, Brother and sister-in-law Lewis & Nancy Swann of Milton and Clifford Swann of Texas and sister-in-law Joyce Rappold of Hurricane.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years Joe Franklin Swann; daughter, Teresa Adkins (Michael) and son Gary Swann (Kim), grandchildren Ashley Roberts (David) and Corey Swann, great grandchild on the way Baby Roberts due late 2021. step grandson Adam Adkins (Alisha), step great granddaughter Adelay and beloved four-legged son Peanut, brother, Darrell Rappold, Sister, Carolyn Handley both of Hurricane and brother and sister-in-laws David & Pat Swann of Santa Maria, Cal.
Funeral service was Monday, May 3, 2021, at Allen Funeral Home with Minister Jack Gilchrist and Mr. Roger Odell officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

George D. Vorholt
George D. Vorholt, 84, of Hurricane, passed away Friday, April 30th, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He was a 1955 graduate of Charleston High School. He graduated from West Virginia Tech in 1959 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He held numerous management positions during his 38 year career with The FMC Corporation beginning in 1959 as Utilities Superintendent in Chlorine Caustic and Superintendent and East Plant Manager for the South Charleston Industrial Chemical Division. Maintenance Manager of the Phosphorous Division in Pocatello, Idaho. Plant Engineer and Maintenance Manager of the Lithium Division of FMC in Bessemer City, North Carolina. Start Up Manager of the Lithium Hydroxide Plant in Salta, Argentina.
George served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C, and Deacon of First Baptist Church of Hurricane.
George was a 50-year Mason of the Kanawha 20 Masonic Lodge, 33rd degree Mason in the Valley of Charleston. He was a member in good standing of the Beni Kedem Shrine Temple.
George held a deep love and affection for his Alma Mater WV Tech and served on the WV Tech Advisory Board and as Vice President of the Golden Bear Athletic Club. He was honored by the Faculty and Alumni in 1983 as the recipient of the WV Tech Alumnus of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his parents George Archie and Marjorie Foreman Vorholt; brother Allen Richard Vorholt. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Helen Samples Vorholt; daughter Cathy Hart(Brad) of Birmingham, Alabama; son Steve Vorholt(Kim) of Poca; sister Julia Leroy of Scott Depot; four grandchildren that he adored, Erin Reese, Abby Gilliam, Emily Hart and Joshua Hart; one great grandson Weston Reese; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
George loved his WV Tech Golden Bears and WVU Mountaineers. George was such a kind, loving and gentle soul that left a memorable impression on anyone he met. George was devoted to his family and friends and family time was a priority in his life. He was always available and in attendance for his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He enjoyed the golfing/fishing getaways with his Charleston High buddies to Santee Cooper, S.C. annually.
Funeral service was at First Baptist Church, Hurricane, Thursday, May 6th. Entombment was in Valley Memorial Park, Hurricane.

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