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Obituaries for Week of July 15

Gary Gene Dunlap, 80, Scott Depot, died Thursday, June 24, 2021 at home with family. Born in Sod, he was the son of the late Cal Jefferson and Madeline Paul Dunlap; widow of Susie. He was predeceased in death by his brother, Louie Dunlap. Gary was a Bayer Corp., Institute Plant retiree, Duval High School graduate, and a USAF veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Burns Dunlap; three children; a brother; sister-in-law; six grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.
Service was held Monday, June 28, at Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans, by Craig Gillenwater with burial in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Sandra Cook Gilbert, 79, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Scott Depot, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021.
Born June 18, 1942 in Welch, she was a daughter of the late Herman L. and Minnie Maxie Cline Cook. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne Mason Gilbert, Sr.; sister and brother-in-law, Freda and Ed Harless; infant brother, Charles Herman A. Cook.
Sandy was a graduate of Morris Harvey College, Charleston and was a retired Kanawha County Elementary School teacher. She was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane.
Surviving are her son, Dwayne Mason Gilbert, Jr. (Colleen) of Charlotte; niece, Joyel Finley (Scottie) of Milton; nephew, Parrish Harless of Charleston and several other family and friends.
Funeral service was Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Finley officiating. Graveside service was at Cline Family Cemetery, Hanover, WV.

Robert McKinley Glenn, 82, of Frazier’s Bottom, passed away July 9, 2021 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, following a short illness.
He was a retired road maintenance worker for the West Virginia Department of Highways and loved riding 4-wheelers.
Preceding him in death were his daughter, Wanda Glenn; parents, Andrew and Ruth Hughes Glenn; brothers, Lotus and Russell Glenn; and sister, Betty Taylor.
Surviving are his sons, Robert Glenn of Frazier’s Bottom, Jeffery and Chuck Glenn both of St. Albans; brothers, George and John Glenn both of New Carlisle Ohio, David Glenn of Troy, Ohio; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
In keeping with Mr. Glenn’s final requests, his cremation wishes will be honored and there will be no other services.

Jeanettia Harrison, 56, of Scott Depot, passed away July 9, 2021, peacefully at home after a long history of illnesses.
She will be remembered for how big her heart was, and how she always took care of everyone else before herself.
She is survived by her daughters Nesia and Chad Arthur of Winfield and Brittany Harrison of Scott Depot; her grandchildren whom she loved very much Quentin Allen, Ian Harrison, Hunter Arthur, Elijah Harrison, and Kira Harrison and her sister Tane Smith of NC.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Jonathan Harrison of Scott Depot, her parents Patricia Perry and William Perry of Scott Depot, and her brothers Carl and William Perry of Scott Depot.
At Jeanettia’s request there will be no services.

On Friday, June 9, 2021, Helen Dorsey Hemmings passed away after a battle with cancer. She is survived by her sons, Aaron and Chad, her grandchildren Cole, Lane and Olivia, sister Glendale and brothers, Glen, Calvin and Bernard.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Helen during her 70 years, among them: Family and friends are the most important, hard work and self-reliance leads to success, gratefulness is the key to life, all snakes and lizards are bad, no exceptions and many others.
As a sales manager, florist and landlord, Helen was a force, worked tirelessly and made long lasting impressions. She found her place in life helping others. As a mother and grandmother, she instilled lifelong virtues and left us with an extraordinary example of the beauty of the simple human heart.
Helen left detailed instructions for her sons to celebrate her life here. Her letter to everyone she knew includes the following:
“If you are reading this I have passed through this life and it’s ok, I have seen my sons grow to become fine men. I have the privilege of knowing and loving all of my precious grandchildren, what wonderful times we have had…… I am so very grateful for the time.”
“I want all of you to have lots of happiness, lead a productive life by following your dreams and know I will always be with you. Don’t be sad for too long because I am so grateful for the time I have had with each of you. I always thought maybe I could write you letters for when I pass but there are no words I can write to go to the depth I feel for each of you.”
A graveside service was held at Emma Chapel United Methodist Church in Liberty, West Virginia.

Mary Frances Koontz Lane, 85, of Hurricane, received her wings Monday, July 5, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was a member of the Hurricane Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands Dana O. Koontz and James Vernon Lane; mother Mary P. Oye; father Henry Pearl Armstrong; daughters Nancy Jane and Judy Ann Koontz; son Ralph E. Koontz; sisters Leone Bailes and Gealinde Cook, and brother Pearl Golden Armstrong.
Surviving her are her three children Carolyn Alley of Chesapeake, OH, Dana E. (Buzz) Koontz (Elizabeth) of Lansing, WV, and Cynthia Brubaker of Oak Hill, WV; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Norma Grubbs of Amherst, VA, Carolyn Detraz of Bedford, VA, Nancy Harris of Vineland, NJ, and Olivia Bowyer of Vineland, NJ.
Funeral services was Thursday, July 8, at High Lawn Funeral Home with Kenneth Hayes of Hico officiating.

Terry Wayne Lucas, the only grandson of thirteen grandchildren, passed from this life July 5, 2021, from complications of diabetes.
Left to enjoy the memories of his life are Teresa, his wife of 42 years, son, Kenny (Becky), daughter, Christa (Jay), grandchildren, Lucas and Maddy. He is survived by his sister Cathy (Danny), and nephew, Christopher “Bubba”( Kaylah “Josephine”)
He was retired from Charleston Newspapers after 42 years. He loved riding his Harley and watching Westerns. Also, left to mourn his passing, is every hot dog vendor in the valley and Little Debbie.
Funeral service was Thursday, July 8th, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Donnie Joe Matthews Sr., 77, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2021 at CAMC Memorial following a long illness. He was a 1962 graduate of Nitro High School and a graduate of WV Barber College. He attended the Buffalo Church of God. Donnie worked for 55 years as a barber and worked in the chemical industry for 29 years. He was a member of Kanawha Valley Lodge No. 36 A.F &.A.M. in Buffalo and Buffalo Chapter No. 150, Order of the Eastern Star. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt rabbits, deer and turkey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Lee Matthews and Helen Whittington Matthews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant brother.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Gaye Harlow Matthews; sons, Donnie Joe (Lee Ann) Matthews II and William Lee “Bill” (Melody) Matthews; daughter, Melissa Gaye (Mitchell) Burch all of Buffalo; grandchildren, Jacob Matthews (fiancé Madison), Hannah Matthews and Cali Smith (fiancé Preston); great grandson, Jase Matthews; step grandchildren, Meagan (Leo) Flores, Andrew (Jessica) Burch; step great grandchildren, Kohen, Shiloh, Jaunie, Sparrow and Goldie.
Funeral service was Friday, July 9, 2021, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Mitchell Burch and Rev. David Bowen officiating. Burial with masonic graveside rites was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Joseph A. McKay, 69, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 9th, after taking his long health battle one day at a time.
Joe was born April 18, 1952 in Charleston, and was preceded in death by both his parents, Clifford and Pauline McKay, grandparents, John and Dorothy Cobb and Virginia McKay. They later moved to Ironton, OH where he met his surviving wife, Cheryl Legg McKay, in high school. The two married a few months after graduation and reached 50 years of marriage this past December. Also surviving is their only child and daughter, Allison, the founder of Delight Thyself Design Ministries, a ministry focused on reaching people with the printed Word of the Gospel.
He was a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church in Hurricane, who always wanted to lift up the Name of Jesus, and was an avid soul winner who simply believed that one tract can make a difference. Joe worked for The Kroger Company for 45 years, and was loved by many faithful customers. Also surviving are his oldest brother, John (Annette) McKay of Charleston, sister, Joyce (Steve) Cook of Nitro, youngest brother, Jim (Lydia) McKay of Nitro, brother-in-law, Jim (Jenny) Legg of Lexington, Ky. and several close friends who were really family: Ron (Donna) Hunt, David (Ruthanna) Withrow, Harold (Kay) Hillabold, Dwaine (Dee) Withrow, and several others.
Services were Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Teays Valley Baptist Church with Pastor John D. Smith officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Judith Kay Simpson, 74, of Hurricane, passed away on July 6, 2021 to be reunited with her one true love, husband Sam on what would have been their 58th wedding anniversary and her daughter Carissa.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, John Lewis Young and Eunice Watkins Young, husband Sam Simpson, daughter Carissa Simpson-Averbeck and siblings, Peggy Rigney and Danny Young.
Kay was a 1966 graduate of Huntington East High School and was an avid WVU football fan.
She is survived by her beloved daughter and daughter-in-law, Kindra Simpson (Hannah) of Dunbar and other family members.
Funeral service was Friday, July 9, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Gerald Foster officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Michelle Lee Smalley, 51, of Hometown, passed away July 8, 2021.
Michelle is a graduate of Poca High School and a former employee of Putnam County Schools. She is a former bar tender for the Nitro Moose Lodge and loved fishing and the outdoors. Michelle also loved supporting her community.
She is survived by her husband Danny Smalley, Sr.; father Joseph Dolson; mother Debra Dolson; sons Scott Faulkner and Danny Smalley, Jr.; brothers Joseph and Derrick Dolson and granddaughter Leighton Hope.
The family will have a gathering of family and friends starting at 6:00 PM on Saturday July 17, 2021 at the home of Michelle’s uncle Keith Meeks.

Robert G. “Bob” Whittington, 81, of Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Bellaire at Devonshire following a short illness. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He retired from from the I.B.E.W Local 317 with 36 years of service. He was a faithful Christian and member of Oma Chapel Church, Grimms Landing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brodie and Leona Whittington. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 41 years, Ruth Ann Whittington; sisters, June Mitchell and Reba Tucker; brothers, Melvin Whittington and Gary Whittington.
Survivors include his children, Robert Lee (Kristen) Whittington of Leonardtown, Maryland, Melinda A. (Jamie) Barton of Hurricane, Lexa K. Lyons of Grimms Landing, Patty L. Karnes of Lubbock, Texas, and Leeanna (Bravin) Hughart of Point Pleasant; grandchildren, Olivia L. Whittington, Sophia G. Whittington, Amelia E. Whittington, Owen R. Whittington, and Daizy Hoffman; sister, Karen Jeffers of Robertsburg; as well as extended family and many friends.
Funeral service was Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Larry Mobley and Pastor Randy Parsons officiating. Burial with military graveside honors was in Tucker Cemetery, Grimms Landing.

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