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Obituaries for Week of June 10

Samuel L. Barnette, 71, of Winfield, went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 31, 2021.
He was retired from Union Carbide/Dow, South Charleston Plant with 38 years of service. Sam was a Christian and member of Teays Valley Baptist Church and a devoted husband and father.
Surviving are his wife, Deb Barnette; daughters, Jessica Marie Buckner (Andy) of North Carolina, Emilie Jo Graham (Dusty) of Elkview, Audra Renae Pritt of Charleston; eight grandchildren, Derrick (Brittany), Savannah (Chase), Trent, Kaylee, Jon, Mikey, Sammie Jo and Titus; Georgia, his first great-grandchild on the way; siblings, Karen Waugh (Butch) of St. Albans, Larry Barnette of Texas, Kimberly Kerns of Ripley, Sharon Mitchell (Ken) of Ripley; son-in-law, Aaron Tucker of Sissonville; sister-in-law, Sherry Ann Thompson of North Carolina.
Funeral service was Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Dr. John D. Smith and Dr. Fred Christian officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.
Sam’s goal was to further the Kingdom of God. To honor him, do what YOU can to further the Kingdom of God.

Charles W. Boggess, 83, of Scott Depot, passed away Sunday June 6, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Boggess; daughter, Lesley Ann Boggess-Wilcoxen; grandson, Joshua Allen Wilcoxen; parents, David Rector Boggess and Rebecca Lamb Boggess; siblings, David Dempsey Boggess, Theodore F. Boggess and Judith Boggess Ball-Koolbaugh.
Charlie served his country in the United States Navy. He retired as a Heavy Equipment Operator with the Local 132 with many years of service.
He is survivied by his son, Dale Boggess of Scott Depot; sister, Doris Boggess Campbell of Charleston and special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Linda Castle.
Graveside service was Thursday June 10, 2021 at Heaven’s Gateway Memorial Gardens, Winfield.

Dr. Garry Wayne Burkholder, 53, passed away on June 2, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice at CAMC, Charleston, after a battle with prostate cancer.
Garry was born on June 9, 1967 in Parkersburg to Mary Ann and the late Blaine Burkholder.
He was a 1986 graduate of Parkersburg High School and spent 6 years in the United States Marine Corps as a member of the 1/6th 2nd Marine Division. While serving he earned 2 Bronze Stars during his combat tours. He attended Marshall University and graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine. Following residency, he worked as a Hospitalist at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He had a passion for medicine and a love for helping those in his care.
In addition to his mother, Garry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy; son: Blake; and twin daughters: Alva and Reagan, all of Hurricane; brothers: Melvin Burkholder of Parkersburg, Robert Burkholder (Missy) and Michael Burkholder both of Sanford, NC; mother-in-law: Terri Bond of Hurricane; and brother-in-law: Ryan Bond (Kelly) of Frisco, Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews and a lot of special friends and co-workers.
Burial was at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane, with full military honors provided by the James Marshall American Legion Post # 187, Winfield.

Amelia Erin Cobb was called home suddenly by God on May 29th, 2021, while resting in the arms of her mother. She was 26 years old.
Amelia was a 2013 graduate of Buffalo High School. She honorably served in the United States Navy for five years as an Aviation Boatswain Handler aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Amelia received several meritorious promotions, as well as other forms of recognition. She was currently enrolled at Sentera College of Health Sciences and was pursuing a surgical technician degree. Amelia was looking forward to graduating in May, 2022. She faithfully attended Believers Church in Suffolk, Virginia and was a member of the Praise and Worship Team.
Left to cherish her are her parents, Richard and Carla Cobb; brother, Gabriel and wife Jessica Cobb; nephew, Nicolas David Cobb, whom she adored; fiancé, JustinYoungs. They both expected to spend the rest of their lives together. She was his “heart and soul and would have given her anything.” She is also survived by her grandparents, Jimmy and Leda Dunn and Brenda Cobb; aunts and uncles, Jay and April Dunn, Jeff and Heather Miller, Dwayne and Cheryl Cobb, and K.L. and Debbie Tucker; cousins Taylor and Parker Dunn, Ian Dunn, Lilly and Caroline Kirk, Josh and Jake Tucker and their families. Amelia was preceded in death by grandparents, Bob and Palastean Cobb.
Amelia had an impact on so many lives and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our greatest joy was hearing her sing. She truly had a special gift and God knew we needed her songs to help us endure the pain of living without her. We were so proud of her. Her loving, serving heart, her courage, bravery, and grace made her so special. Forever our Princess.
Funeral service was Sunday, June 6th, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home (Eleanor Chapel) with Pastor Andy Tuel officiating. Amelia was placed to rest in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor, beside her grandparents.

Gene Junior Cook, 47, of St. Albans, passed away June 3, 2021 at home.
Gene attended Poca High School and is a former employee of Hometown Tire.
He is preceded in death by his mother Betty Lett Cook.
He is survived by his father Roy Gene and his wife Margaret Cook; brother Charles Ray Cook and sister Maggie Vance.
At his request there were no services.

Gary Eugene Ellis, passed away on May 18, 2021 after a long-extended illness.
He was the son of the late Harold “Ned” and Ruth Ellis of Scott Depot.
He lived all of his life in Scott Depot and was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he served in many capacities and was a member of the adult choir. He later attended Teays Valley Church of God where he sang in the choir with his wife Betty Johnson Ellis. He and Betty had a love of animals. They helped found, supported and served on the board of the Winfield Animal Shelter. Gary was a graduate of Hurricane High School. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia State University and Master’s Degree from Marshall University. Gary served as principal at several Elementary schools in Kanawha County. He was dedicated to serving the church and his schools.
He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Betty. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Cindy Ellis . He will be dearly missed by his many friends and family.
Memorial service was Thursday June 10, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson and Reverend Dr. Melissa Pratt officiating.

Billy Joe Grass Sr., 83, died at his home Friday, June 4, 2021 after an extended illness. He was born June 11, 1937 and was the son of the late John Jackson Grass and Pauline Reynolds Grass.
He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter Fallon Nicole Grass. He attended Glenville State College, graduated from Marshall University and Miami University. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and Navy. He dedicated his working career to education, retiring from the State of WV. He was also consultant, writing training programs for many underdeveloped countries throughout the world.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judy Grass, his brother John Grass Jr. (Barb), daughter Vickie Pauley (Tim), son Billy Joe Grass Jr. (Lisa), grandchildren Billy Joe Grass III (Sarah), Josh Pauley (Keri), Jake Pauley (Lani), Heather Pauley (Mark) and Jessie Arthur (Brent); 7 great grandchildren.
He thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf and was an avid supporter of Marshall and WVU sprots.
Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Rena Proudfoot, 71, of Culloden, joined Heaven’s choir Monday, May 31, 2021 after a long illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Pearl and Dottie Reba Wood and her brother, Buddy Wood.
She is survived by her husband, Norman of Culloden; her loving daughter, Amy and son-in-law, Todd Crookshanks, grandson, Joshua and grand dog, Suzy all of Hurricane; sister, June and brother-in-law, George Polk of Barboursville; sister, Ruth Hall of Bardstown, KY; brother, Donald Wood of Hillard, OH. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
She was a 1967 graduate of Hurricane High School and later the Huntington School of Beauty Culture. She worked for Ruby Cottrell for several years prior to opening her own shop.
Funeral service was Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Stephen Glen Woodall, 49, of Poca, passed away June 5, 2021 at home.
Glen attended Poca High School and was a construction worker with his long-time friend D.J. Smith. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.
He is preceded in death by his father Ernie Woodall, Jr. and man’s best friend Ozzy.
He is survived by his grandparents Ernest and Dorothy Woodall; children Courtney Woodall and Melissa Boso; life-partner Jenny Woodall; brother Josh and his wife Michelle Woodall; grandchildren Ryder and Karsyn and nieces and nephew Aiyana, Netis, Tahanee and Raini “RC”.
A tribute to the life of Glen will be 7:00 PM Monday June 14, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Those unable to attend may view the service by visiting the Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Facebook page. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday.

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