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Obituaries for Week of July 1

Betty Sue “Nana” Adkins, 78, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 21, 2021. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane and loved watching Kentucky Wildcats basketball.
She was preceded in death by her husband Hal Adkins and her parents Earl and Bertie Horseman.
She is survived by her daughter, Aimee Renick of Hurricane, son, Patrick (Christie) Adkins of Savannah, TN; grandchildren, Trey (Felicia) Renick, Ethan (Peyton) Renick, Emma Renick, Gwyneth Renick, Jack Renick, Nathan Adkins, Katie Adkins, sister, Barbara (John) Hamilton, niece Lori Poe and nephew Jake Rose.
Funeral service was Friday, June 25, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Losh officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

James “Ireland” Alford, 94 1/2, of Eleanor, went home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2021 after a long illness at Genesis Health Care.
He was a member of the Hometown Independent Mission. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in Korea.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Mae Harris Alford; his parents, Joseph Cephas Alford and Elcie Lee Dalton Alford; his brother, Leroy Alford (Sis); and nephew, Fred Alford.
He is survived by his nieces, Margaret “Margie” Alford Mitchell (Okey) and Pam Alford, all of Hurricane. Stepdaughter Linda Martin of Buffalo and Stepson Roger Harris of St. Albans.
Service was Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane with Rev. Darren Persinger officiating. Burial was in New Antioch Cemetery, Red House

Dale S. Allen, 86, of Eleanor, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at St. Mary’s Medical Center following a short illness. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eleanor.
He was preceded in death by his parents John Valmore Allen and Stella Martin Allen. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son James Michael Lake, two sisters and one brother.
Survivors include his loving wife Judy Allen; son, Gary Lake; daughter, Lori Cook of California and Mark Allen of Milton and sister, June Franzlow of Rogers AK. Dale is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday July 3, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Greg Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Mary Beth Beaver, 51, of Hometown, departed this life Thursday, June 24, 2021. She was a graduate of Buffalo High School.
She is survived by her father, Keith Sullivan of Buffalo; mother, Sandra Sullivan of Hometown and son, Keith Dale Martin of Hometown.
Funeral service was Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Bill Severn officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

The family of Gail Hilda Craig Buck sadly conveys the news of her passing from breast cancer on Friday, June 25, 2021, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Leon. She was 85.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Lottie Craig; husband of nearly 60 years Burdell Buck; brothers, Darrell “Bub”, Paul, Wendell, and Mark Craig; sisters, Evadene Craig Buck and Marilyn Craig Crump.
Continuing her legacy of love and laughter are brothers, Barton (Janet) and Danny (Wilma) Craig; sisters Joann Craig, Darlena Kirk and Ernie Ruth Plante; and children, Clodus “Burry” (Sofia) Buck, David Buck and Terry (Faith) Buck, and Dreama Buck Pritt; as well as special friend Gilbert Martin.
She was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Maria (Andrew) Azar, Trinity, Shane, Deana, Mikele (Allison), Colle (Brandy), and Corey (Stella) Buck, and Jack (Jessica), Gray, and Julia Pritt. .
She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren: Brandon, Alexandra, and Adam Azar, Makala, Kylie, Marcus, Joshua, Emily, Savannah, Callie, Jolie, Corben, Crawford and Conway Buck; Harrison Baucom; and Victoria Pritt.
Also mourning her loss are many beloved brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was a longtime member of New Life Fellowship (a congregation of Grace Communion International, formerly the Worldwide Church of God) in Ripley, WV. She also was a member of Eastern Star, Mason County Gourd Society, Red Hat Society, and the Belles and Beaus square dancing group. She retired from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) as a Field Enumerator, and over the years had also served as a Farmer’s Mutual insurance agent, a Mason County school bus driver, a home health care aide, an aide at Lakin State Hospital, an artist, among other interesting professions.
Her pastor, “Chappie” Linda McCartney, will officiate the funeral service, which will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday July 1, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Gregory Donald Chaney, MD, 56, of Hurricane, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, June 24, 2021. He was a graduate of Hurricane High School and a graduate of Marshall Medical School. He had a private practice for 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his father Donald F. Chaney. Surviving family members include his mother, Barbara S. Chaney, sister, Kimberly S. Chaney, wife, Susan R. Chaney, daughter, Jordan C Chaney, son, Gregory C. Chaney, step-daughter, Ashley N. Wade, grandchildren, McKinley R. Chaney, Maxwell C Chaney, Madilyn F, Chaney and Landyn A Wade. Special uncle & aunt Arthur and Joyce Chaney.

James Earl “Jimmy” “Butch” Dean, 70, of Black Betsy, passed away June 27, 2021, at home.
Butch is retired from AEP with 33 years of service and was very active with Poca sports.
He is preceded in death by his parents James Dean, Jr. and Greta Ward and three brothers Dennis Dean, D.J. Neuenschwander and Jay Neuenschwander.
He is survived by his companion Becky Walker; children Scott Eastwood, Brandon Dean and wife Sarah, Corey Dean, Ceirra Dean and Libby Dean; sister Therisa Clark and husband Donnie; 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation was Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home.

Gary Gene Dunlap, 80, of Scott Depot, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side.
He was born in Sod, WV to the late Cal Jefferson and Madeline Paul Dunlap.
He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Susie Dunlap and brother, Louie Dunlap.
Gary was retired from Bayer Corp., Institute Plant. He graduated from Duval High School and was a U. S. Air Force veteran.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Doris Burns Dunlap; daughter, Stacey Ramey (Mike); sons, Christopher Dunlap (Leigh) and Morgan Sexton (Cindy); brother, David Dunlap (Cathy): sister-in-law, Diania Dunlap; grandchildren, Dylan, Kelsey, Haiden, Carter, Zach and Jeremy; great granddaughter, Ryleigh.
Funeral service was Monday, June 28, 2021 at Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans with Rev. Craig Gillenwater. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Evelyn Mae “Sid” Easter, 88, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on June 22, 2021 after an extended illness, She was preceded in death by her husband Ned Easter and parents Monroe and Margie McClung and sisters Jean Groves and Bonnie Ellison.
She is survived by her daughter, Kristi (Richard) Tucker of Hurricane, sons, Ned (Jane Amory) Easter II of Scott Depot, Greg Easter of Hurricane, 3 Grandchildren, Travis Easter, Caleb Easter and Cammeron Easter and great grandchild Cora Easter another one on the way, sister Georgia Smalley of Lewisburg, several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service was Monday June 28, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home.

Sharon Theresa Hackett Gibson, 76 of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 21, 2021, her 58th wedding anniversary with the love of her life Cecil E. “Cooney” Gibson, Jr.
Sharon was a faithful member of Bancroft Church of God Mission, a member of the Faithful Friends and past member of the Church Choir.
She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil “Cooney” Gibson, Jr., parents Clarence “Skillet” Hackett and Velva Faye Hackett, sister-in-law Linda Fern Davis Casto.
Sharon is survived by her daughter Paula Wandling of Creedmoor NC; son, Cecil Gibson, III and wife Tracy of Hamersville, OH; grandchildren, Daniel Wandling, Sydney Van Meter (Justin) and Samuel Gibson. She is also survived by her sister Nora Faye Lovejoy (Charles) and brother C.B. Hackett (Karen).
A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Bancroft Church of God Mission with Pastor James Legg and Frank Allen, Jr. officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

John Wesley “Johnny” Samms, 30, of Cross Lanes, passed away June 22, 2021.
Johnny is a 2009 graduate of Winfield High School, lead guitarist for Advent Ascended Band and a member of North Charleston Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his biological father George Samms and grandparents Erma and Ed Samms.
He is survived by his children October, Wynter, Sophia and Peyton; step-son Emerson; parents Billy and Ann Short; biological mother Terry Craddock; sisters Jessica Slay and husband Mike, Amber Jones and husband Andrew, Beth Martin and husband Lamar and Ashleigh Tilley and husband Adam; brother Brett Carrow and a host of other family and friends.
A tribute to the life of Johnny was held Monday, June 28, 2021, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel.

Frederick Donovan “Don” Raines, of Hurricane, passed away on June26, 2021 at the age of 82 years old. He was born on May 8, 1939 the son of Charles D. and Edna L. Raines.
He is survived by his brother Charles “Duke” Raines and his wife Jeanni of Hurricane, niece Teresa Harris and husband Chris of Hurricane, a cousin Bonnie Hutchison of Ohio, and many, many friends around the world. Don attended college and became a very talented landscape architect and worked in New York City. He could name any tree, plant or flower and always appreciated nature and the creation around him. He traveled to many countries abroad and found beauty no matter where he went. His appreciation for this beauty was heightened even more when he learned about his creator, Jehovah God. On August 23, 1975 he dedicated his life and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and used his talents locally and abroad to landscape places of worship all over the world. He also devoted the remainder of his life zealously helping others to know about his loving creator and what Jehovah’s purpose is for the earth and mankind. We will all miss his humor, his unique laugh and his loving generosity.
Out of an abundance of caution because of the pandemic and love for our neighbors, there will be a virtual memorial service in the coming weeks. For information on how to view this service, please email Joe Bentley at jbentley135 @suddenlink.net or Ed Hicks at [email protected]

Frances A. Showalter, 80, of Winfield, went to be with her loving husband on June 24, 2021.
Fran was a homemaker most of her life, she loved to bowl and play bingo.
Fran was a strong woman who positively affected everyone she met. Her grandchildren were the sparkle of her eye.
Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lenora Carrow, husband Jay Showalter and son Steve Hurley.
Fran leaves behind 4 daughters, Paty (Scott) Jewett of OH, Debbie (Charlie) Winter of Winfield, Sandy Johnson of Huntington and Beth (Buddy) Roach of Dunbar, as well as 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Graveside service was Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House, with Pastor David Roach officiating.

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