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Obituaries for Week of May 20

David Lee Brafford
David Lee Brafford, 67, of Hurricane, passed away May 10, at home after a long illness. He loved fishing, camping his old car but mostly his grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons David Brafford of South Charleston and Matthew Brafford of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; daughter Tara Eaves of Kingsport, TN; 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and his best friend Gregory Goff of Hurricane.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Robert Eugene Davis
Robert Eugene Davis, 64 of Hurricane, passed away May 15, 2021 in CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.
Bobby is a former employee of Southern Supply, 1975 graduate of Poca High School and an avid Poca and WVU fan.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen Davis; father Gene Davis and brother Dennis Davis.
Mr. Davis is survived by his mother Louise Davis; brothers Ron and Gary Davis; step-children Denise Kirby and James Robinson; seven grandchildren Wesley, Alexus, Madison, Rylee, Jayme, Ryan and Kaylee; great grandchild Jamison and his dog Gizmo.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Robert Davis will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 24, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brenda McClanahan officiating. Burial will be in Goff-McClanahan Cemetery.

Patricia Ellen Dunlap
Patricia Ellen Dunlap, 71, of Scott Depot, formerly of St. Albans, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021.
She was born in Charleston, to the late Claude and Mable Shilling. She is also preceded in death by husband, Theodore Franklin Dunlap; brothers, Rod, Randall and Randy Shilling; and sister, Jean Buzzard.
She was a retired nurse with over 30 years of service at CAMC, and attended Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene. She loved her children and grandchildren, who were the first to call her “Nana” by which she was known by everyone.
Patricia is survived by her children, Melissa Taylor (Wade) of Dunbar and Ted Dunlap of Scott Depot; brothers, Michael Shilling of St. Albans and Barry Shilling (Brenda) of Hurricane; three grandchildren, Corey Leighton, Dillon Dunlap and Carla Shae Morris; one great grandchild on the way; and many other extended family and friends.
Graveside service was held for Patricia on Tuesday, May 18, at the Upper Mausoleum Chapel at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with Rev. Charles V. Williams officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Reginald T. Hart
Reginald T. Hart, 73, of Hurricane, went peacefully to be with his Lord on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Reg was born in Mason, the first child of James L. and Martha E. Hart. He was later joined by his siblings Alan, Jayne and Brent and later in life a little sister Jamell. A graduate of Wahama High School, a recipient of a football scholarship to Glenville State College, he served in the United States Army as a Psychiatric Corpsman and finished his education graduating from Marshall University in 1973 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Employment opportunities in pharmaceutical sales and management enabled Reg to move his young family to the northern panhandle of West Virginia and build their first family home in Wheeling. A drive for excellence in his work opened career moves throughout West Virginia, into Tennessee, and eventually back home where he was able to retire.
Reg was a Kentucky Colonel, and was an active and involved member of Forrest-Burdette United Methodist Church. He was a lifelong student of history. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, being outdoors, hunting for food, taking in a sporting event, and enjoying the company of his friends and family, especially beside the ocean.
Reg lived for his family, and family was his joy. It was rare for any family milestone or event to pass without his boisterous laughter, his calming presence, his deep respect for tradition, and his boundless love for everyone he cared for. He is known as the Rock, the Manager, the Cornerstone, and the Heart of the family. Reg received a gift of life through organ donation in 2014. He and his family were very grateful for this gift and the time it allowed him to spend enjoying an active life, travel, and his grandchildren.
Reginald is survived by his beloved and adoring wife of 51 years, Jennifer L. Hart. They fell immediately in love at the ages of 15 and 13. Reg and Jennifer have two daughters: Regina L. Hart-Smith (Huntington), wife of Mark J. Smith and mother of their grandchild Elijah M. Smith (18). Allison M. Curtioff (Marshall, NC) wife of Bradley R. Curtioff and mother of their grandchild Gwendolyn L. Curtioff (12). His loyal canine companion Ms. Sophie misses him very much, as do Reg’s cousins, friends, fellow church-members, nieces, nephews, former colleagues, and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents James and Martha, his beloved in-laws William L. and Lilah J. Zerkle, his baby sister Rhonda Lynn Hart, his Grandmother Freda A. Hart, his nephew Robert W. Thomas and a host of family members he loved deeply.
The loss of Reg is a loss to his family, friends, colleagues, his church, the community, and humanity. May those who love him find the strength to walk in his footsteps in love and service to each other and God.
Celebration of Life service was Wednesday, May 19, at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church in Hurricane. Interment was in Point Pleasant.

Ruth Eskew Halbert
Ruth Eskew Halbert, 96, of Hurricane, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Paramount Senior Living in Ona. Ruth was born October 17, 1924 in Hurricane, to Lilla Seawright Eskew and P. Albert Eskew.
She spent time living in Hurricane, Anderson, SC, and New York, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the Marshall University Teachers College in 1962 and her Master of Arts from Marshall University in 1969. She taught public school for many years and continued to substitute teach after she retired. Teaching and continuing her own education were so important to her, and she spoke fondly of her time in the National Teacher Corps. Ruth took voice lessons and had a love for classical, big band, and jazz music. She loved telling stories about her time in NYC with her best friend Kasey Howard watching famous jazz musicians perform. Her faith was also very important to her, and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hurricane.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents Lilla Seawright Eskew and P. Albert Eskew, brothers Albert Eskew Jr and L. Hugh Seawright, and daughter Kimberly Godfrey. She is survived by her granddaughter Brianna Godfrey and grandson-in-law John Leonard III, son-in-law Vernon Godfrey, and her remaining relatives in Anderson, SC.
At Ruth’s request, there was not be a service. Her remains are buried with her parents at Mount Moriah Baptist Cemetery in Hurricane.

Linda Louise Hayes, of Scott Depot, passed away on May 13, 2021 at home. She was born in Hudson, WV, the daughter of the late Guy and June Graham. She graduated from Kingwood High School in Kingwood, as well as Capital City Commercial College. She was employed by Union Carbide, Columbia Gas and Verizon over the years.
Linda is survived by her two children and their spouses, Amy Elizabeth (Josh) Kinder of Dunbar, and Seth Douglas (Astrid) Hayes of Estero, FL; grandsons, Brennon Elzy of Dunbar, and Sebastian and Cypress Hayes of Estero, FL; sisters, Rose Marie (Steve) Grimm of Kingwood, WV and Carolyn Lobb of Scott Depot; she is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews and a host of cousins.
Linda was a selfless, loving and kind woman who lived her life with a servant heart. She always put her family first and gave herself to them from beginning to end. All who knew her were blessed by her love and kindness. A farm girl at heart, she loved cardinals in her bird bath and Queen Ann’s Lace.
A family graveside service to Honor the Life of Linda was held at Blooming Rose Cemetery in Friendsville, MD.

James “Bunny” Henson
James Walter “Bunny” Henson, 73, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Mercy Hospital Anderson, Cincinnati, Ohio, following a long illness. He was a United States Army Veteran, and a retired School Bus Driver from Putnam County Schools. He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many, and will be sadly missed.
Born April 13, 1948, he was the son of the late James H. Henson and Bertha Burgess Henson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Bridgette C. Henson.
Survivors include his sons, George S. Henson, and Steven W. Henson, both of Buffalo; grandchildren, Jada Henson, Kaleb Henson, Maiya Henson, and Laiken Henson; brothers, Roy Henson of Buffalo, and Joe Scott of Alum Creek; sisters, Mary Craig of Red House, Debbie Blankenship of Buffalo, and Donna Schanz of Nitro; ex-wife, Sara J. Henson; as well as extended family and many friends.
In accordance with his wishes, his body will be cremated. A Memorial Gathering of family and friends will be held at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo in the near future.

Darrell Dwight Pickens
Darrell Dwight Pickens, 66, of Liberty, passed away May 15, 2021 at home.
Darrell is a former employee of McJunkin and a graduate of Ripley High School. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Madeline Pickens.
Darrell is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gloria Gail Pickens; children Carissa and her husband Brian Canterbury and Richie Pack; five grandchildren Alexandria, Brian, Abigail, Gracie and Alexis and two great grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Darrell Pickens was held Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Greg Michels officiating.

Thomas Wayne Reed
Thomas Wayne Reed, 68, of Buffalo, departed this life Friday May 14, 2021 at his home following a long illness. He was a former employee of Viscose and Parkline Inc. Tom was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and bass fish.
Born July 29, 1952, he was the son of the late Samuel E. Reed and Dorothy V. Whittington Reed. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry Reed and Mark Reed.
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Barbara Johns Reed; son, Jonathan Wayne Reed; daughters, Lisa Reed and Jessica Reed; grandchildren, Brody Shafer and Finan Wilson all of Buffalo; sisters, Linda McDaniels of Nitro and Patricia (Bill) Cogar of Elkview; brothers, Raymond (Karen) Reed of St. Helen Island, SC, Robert Reed of Buffalo, and James Reed of Huntington. Tom is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Funeral service was Tuesday May 18, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor Bill Cogar officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Virginia Mae Sayre
Virginia Mae Sayre, 85, of Pt. Pleasant formerly of Buffalo, departed this life Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital following a short illness.
Born August 1, 1935, she was the daughter of the late William and Nellie Richardson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Nile Sayre; son, Morgan Sayre; sisters, Opal Casto, Dorothy Davis, Annabell Stewart; brothers, Thurman Richardson and Howard Richardson.
Survivors include her children, Richard Sayre of Buffalo, Emogene Grady of Leon, Jessie Sayre of Buffalo and Lee Sayre of Leon; sister, Mary Wisko of Pt. Pleasant; brothers, Kenneth Richardson of Delaware OH and Eugene Richardson of Dayton OH. Virginia is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
A gathering of family and friends was Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. Burial was in Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg.

Jeffrey Scott Smith
Jeffrey Scott Smith, 62, of Hurricane, entered the gates of Heaven on May 10, 2021. He was born September 18, 1958 to James G. and Shirley J. Smith of Hurricane.
Jeff graduated from Hurricane High School in 1976. This was where he met the love of his life, Sharon Garrett, who fell for his curly permed locks and hot white ’79 Camaro. They were married in 1980 and began their family soon after. Jeff began working for Pepsi Cola in Nitro, at the age of 18 and worked hard to support his wife and children, driving routes in and around the Charleston area and creating lasting friendships over the next 44 years.
Over the years, Jeff, Sharon and their children spent many weekends camping at Watoga State Park and along the Greenbrier River. Jeff supported his four children at their various sporting events and also loved watching, listening to, and talking about the WVU Mountaineers. When he wasn’t attending a game with his brother Jerry or one of his kids, he was watching them on TV while wearing a radio headset so that he could announce the plays before they even showed up on the screen for everyone else to see.
Jeff was the grill master for family events and prepared bountiful buffets, including kabobs of the many vegetables he tirelessly tended to in the garden while being constantly bossed by his loving wife. Each fall, he and Sharon made and sold the best apple butter around, using the profits to support the missionaries of Community Church in Hurricane, where they were members. There he served on the board and greeted everyone at the door with a big smile.
Jeff could often be heard humming or singing as he worked around the flower beds at home, taking creative liberties with the lyrics of his favorite tunes. This was just one of the many ways he entertained everyone, or at least himself. He was quite the unsung hero of comedy during the holiday gatherings, causing chaos and stirring the pot. It is for these, and numerous other reasons, that Jeff will be so very missed by everyone that knew and loved him.
Jeff was preceded in death by his loving wife Sharon of 38 years and father-in-law Jim Garrett. He is survived by his parents Jim and Shirley Smith, sister Kathy Nelson, brother Jerry (Debbie) Smith, sister Robin (Keith) McCracken, brother Jamie (Sheryl) Smith, mother-in-law Marian Garrett, sisters-in-law Carol (Raymond) French and Joanne (Joe) Davis, children Josh (Tara) Smith, Kelly (CJ) Sadler, Andrea Smith, Kyle Smith, beloved grandchildren Delanee and Wyatt Smith, Cameron Sadler and Alivia Sadler, many nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.
Memoriual service was held Friday, May 14, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor David Bess officiating.

Colleen Johnson Taylor
Colleen Johnson Taylor, wife of Paul David Taylor, born July 8, 1962 to Jerry Johnson and Christine Watson, joined our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven on May 14, 2021.
She was a true lady of character, compassion, and a devout Christian that loved Christ. She was a member of Gateway Christian Church. She held several jobs during her career which included working for; Columbia Gas Transmission, NiSource, Owens Corning, and CAMC Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her mother Christine Watson, her father Jerry Johnson, and her step father Tony Watson.
She is survived by her husband of 29 years Paul David Taylor of Teays Valley, two daughters Cassie R. Gregg (Clark) of St. Albans, Cara C. Kessler (Zane) of Lewisburg, two brothers, Jerry Johnson of Aurora, OR and Wayne Watson of Ocala, FL. Her heart will continue to reside in each and every one of us who know her.
Visitation and Services to honor Colleen will be conducted at Gateway Christian Church in St. Albans, on Friday, May 21. Visitation will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm and service at 1:00 pm. David Stauffer, Senior Pastor of Gateway Christian Church, will be officiating the service.

Nancy Lee Rohrig Williams, 88, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 13, 2021. She has received her eternal reward for a successful, hard-fought life.
Nancy was born on March 9, 1933 in Charleston to the late Oliver H. and Osie N. Rohrig. She was a longtime resident of the Campbells Creek community and a 1950 graduate of DuPont High School. Nancy was continuously employed until she was 87 years old, retiring from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources State Parks Division and continuing her employment with Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. Her unfailing work ethic and determination were defining character traits throughout her life.
Nancy was a faithful Christian and worshiped at St. John United Methodist Church in Teays Valley. She spent most of her life as a member of Coal Fork United Methodist Church. Nancy’s active church involvement included teaching and/or attending Sunday school classes, Bible studies, church committees, and Christian book clubs. She also was a church musician, using her musical skills to direct choirs, sing in vocal ensembles, and play piano.
Nancy personified joy through her contagious smile, friendly demeanor, encouraging words, and hearty laughter. She valued formal education and emphasized its importance while raising a large family. Nancy enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, reading, gardening, being outdoors, the change of seasons, traveling, politics, and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities. Her legacy is widespread.
As a final act of lifelong generosity, Nancy’s body was donated to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) for neuromuscular research.
In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her siblings, June Shannon, Adam Rohrig, Frederick Rohrig, and Dale Rohrig. Nancy is survived by her children, Dan (Margaret) Williams, Becky (Terry) Tucker, Mike (Brenda) Williams, Cindy (Scott) Skiles-Mann, Doug (Linda) Williams, 14 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Coal Fork United Methodist Church, Campbells Creek with Pastor Charles Hicks officiating.

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