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Obituaries for Week of August 26

Richard A. Boehm, Sr., 79, of Winfield, went home to the Lord on Friday, August 20, 2021 after a long illness.
Born February 2, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was a son of the late Richard and Helen Boehm. He is also preceded in death by two loving wives, Linda Boehm and Judith Boehm.
Following high school graduation, Richard had the honor of serving his country with the United States Army in Korea. Later, he volunteered his service again in Vietnam. Upon his return from the military, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Pittsburgh while working. After college graduation, he began a 39 year career with EI Dupont de Nemours.
Richard is survived by two daughters and one son, Lauri Dyer of Milton, Richard A. Boehm, Jr. and his wife, Kara of Scott Depot, Emily Kearns and her husband, Jeff of Red House; brother, Thomas Boehm and his wife, Nancy of Beaver Falls, PA; sister, Helen Damiano of Bethel Park, PA; eight grandchildren, Olivia Dyer, Luke Dyer and Leah Dyer of Milton, Isabella Boehm of Scott Depot and Meagan Kearns, Cameron Kearns, Micah Kearns and Malia Kearns of Red House; his beloved pet, Sadie; and special friends, W.K. and Sherrie Munsey, John and Wanda Perkins, Melinda Burden.
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Harold Maxwell “Mack” Boggess, 82, of Liberty, passed away August 18, 2021.
Mack is retired from Century Aluminum.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Boggess; daughter Shelia Reynolds; sister Helen and brothers Sterling and Darrell.
He is survived by his two grandchildren Megan Smith and Travis King; sister Brenda Persinger and brother Kayo Boggess.
Gatherin of family and friends was Friday, August 20, 2021, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Entombment was in the memory gardens.

Byrdie Freda Brunton, 97, of Hurricane, has gone to her eternal Home in Heaven, Monday, August 16, 2021.
Born May 28, 1924 in Charleston, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Ullman and Thelma Cochran Ullman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Brunton; her son, Edwin “Butch” Kisamore; her step-son, Jerry White.
She is survived by her son, Roger Kisamore of Columbus, OH; daughter, Reba Beaver (Kermit) of Fraziers Bottom; step-sons, Richard White of Dunbar, Everette Kisamore (Jean) of Ocala, FL, Randy Kisamore (Carol), Eddie Kisamore (Donna) all of Lewisburg, Jerry Brunton of Columbus; special niece, Mary Lanham of Beaumont, TX; five grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Marmet First Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Burnside officiating. Burial was in Marmet Memorial Gardens.

Dwane Lee Garrison, 73, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at C.A.M.C. Teays Valley following a long illness. He was a loving father and grandfather, and loved his entire family dearly.
Born September 25, 1947, he was the son of the late Haskel Garrison and Mary Blankenship Garrison. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Garrison.
Survivors include his daughters, Melissa Garrison, Tina Garrison and Crystal Garrison; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mike Garrison and Carl Garrison; sister, Dottie V. Warren; as well as extended family and friends.
In accordance with his wishes his body was cremated. There are no services planned for the public at this time.

William Lee “Bill” Gillespie, 79, of Scott Depot, formerly of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
Bill was born to the late William Harvey Gillespie, Jr., and Dorothy Lookado Gillespie. He is a graduate of Dunbar High School and married the love of his life in 1964, Rebecca Ord Gillespie. He accepted Jesus as his savior at age 19 and was a lifelong member of Rock Branch Independent Church, where he loved singing tenor in the choir and a current member at Teays Valley Baptist Church.
He was retired with 35 years of service from Rhone Poulenc. He has always had a love for drums and music his whole life, especially Dixieland and Jazz. He had played with numerous bands throughout the Kanawha Valley. He was a member of the Collis P. Huntington Train Society where he narrated for Amtrak through the New River Gorge, a Ham Radio Operator and was former Chaplain with the Poca Fire Department. Bill never met a stranger and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Mrs. Becky Gillespie; daughters Lora and her husband Chuck Huffman, Susan and her husband Joe Kirtner and Anita Gillespie; grandchildren Allison Garrett and her fiancé Brock Buckhannon, Rachel Garrett, Blake Huffman, Emily Huffman, Joe Mike Kirtner and Travis Kirtner and special friends Elicia Miller, Heather King and Chris Cavender.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Bill Gillespie was held Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Rock Branch Independent Church with Pastors Delbert Hawley and John Smith officiating. Entombment was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

George Franklin Hayes, 78, of Parma, Ohio (formerly of Hurricane), passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021.
Frank was married to Jane Hayes (nee. Maher) for 55 years. He had two children, Jennifer Hayes Tulloh of Valrico, Florida and Jeffrey Franklin Hayes of Parma, Ohio. Frank had two grandchildren, Justin and Tyler, and one great-granddaughter, Ella, of Plant City, Florida.
Funeral service was Monday, August 23, 2021 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, with Pastor Larry Cooper officiating.

Linda Ruth McGehee, 77, of Nimitz, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 16, 2021 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a short illness.
Born February 15, 1944, in Hurricane, she was the daughter of Howard and Virginia Maxine Estep Collins. She was a member of the Putnam County 4-H Club, a majorette at Hurricane High School and a Golden Horseshoe award winner. A homemaker, Linda loved the WVU Marching Band and grabbed every opportunity to go see them, and an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds. She enjoyed fishing, spending time with her family and friends playing card games until the wee hours of the morning, and gave a piece of her heart to everyone who knew her.
Preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Howard, brother, Jay Howard Collins, sister, Judith “Penny” Collins Qualls and grandson-in-law, David Lenox.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 60 years, George “G.G.” McGehee of Nimitz, children, George “Greg” McGehee Jr. of Hurricane and Melisa D. McGehee of Winter Haven, FL; grandchildren, George Gregory McGehee III and wife Tiffany, Anna Nicole McGehee, Alyssa Dawn McGehee and Joshua Howard McGehee.
There will be no services.

Michael Frederick Elliott, 64, of Hurricane, passed away August 13, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick J. and Locie M. Hamrick Elliot.
Mike was retired from Tasty Blend Foods, he loved the Lord and attended Community Chapel, Cross Lanes. He also served his country in the US Army.
He is survived by his wife, Diana F. Elliott, son, Waylon Thomas (Brittany), grandchildren Cheyenne, Allie, Jackson, Blake, Brianna, Desiree, and Bryleigh, great granddaughter Paisley, sisters Penny Chauvin and Kathy Elliot, and brother Allen Elliot.
Graveside service for Mike was Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Forest Memorial Park Chapel, Milton, with Pastor Jeff Arthur officiating.

Da’nija Lashae Marie Miller, 14, of Hurricane, passed away on August 15, 2021.
Born April 2, 2007 in Charleston, she was the daughter of Danny Ray Delaney and Sierra Miller.
Da’Nija attended Capital High School.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Ronda Miller and Stanley Smith, Pamela Delaney and Danny Freshour, and Zina Hill and John Ford; brother, Rayshod Delaney Miller; sister, Ayonna Delaney; cousin, Leah Ward and a host of other cousins, friends and relatives.
We are confident that Da’Nija is now in the comfort of God’s arms. She touched the lives of many and will leave us smiling throughout our tears.
Funeral service was Monday, August 23, 2021 at Grace Bible Church, Charleston, with Rev. Matthew J. Watts, officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park in South Charleston.

Tami Kay Slayton, 62, of Scott Depot, passed away from this life at CAMC-General Division on Thursday, August 12, 2021.
She was born June 11, 1959, the daughter of the late Gary and Saundra Olsen. She was an only child. She worked two jobs, at GoMart and the Charleston Gazette. Tami was caring, kind, funny and so much more. She always put others need before her own. She had the biggest heart. She loved teddy bears, family and all of her friends. She was the best mother that you could ask for. Her ideal day was spending time with her loved ones.
She left to mourn and celebrate her life her two children, Brandon Slayton and Brittany Slayton; four grandchildren, Aiden Agosti, Austin Slayton, Carlee Slayton and Riley Slayton. She is gone, but will never be forgotten.
Funeral service will be held 3pm on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Linda Zuretta Wyant Sowards, 78, of Culloden, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 16, 2021 after a short illness. She was a member of Sousanah Freewill Baptist Church and Sousanah Freewill Baptist Ladies Group.
She was preceded in death her parents James and Ora Wyant, her first husband Larry S. Thompson and her second husband and the love of her life Junior Sowards.
She is survived by the daughter she never had Kathy Roberts, her very special cousin Tammy Sovine, and her three honorary grandchildren Fritz and Shane Sovine and Breanna Roberts. Aunt Pansy Sovine and a host of other extended family.
Funeral service was Friday, August 20, at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Junior Smith officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

Kenneth Harold Steele, 82, of Nitro, went home to be with the Lord, August 16, 2021.
Kenny is a member of the Nitro Nazarene Church. He is an Air Force Veteran and attended the Hometown Senior Center.
He is preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Stella Steele; brothers Roy, Douglas, Johnny and Elliott; sister Ruby Higginbotham; nephew Gary Higginbotham and niece Susie Higginbotham.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews Phyllis, Sharon, Connie, Steven Ray, Ronald Wayne and Paula and a host of other family and friends.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Kenneth Steele was held Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Bron Walker and Jim Cash officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Robert E. “Bobby” Teal II, 53, of Teays Valley, entered into eternal life Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Born in Columbia, SC, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Sexton Teal. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Teal; daughter, Kitrina Teal; son, Caleb Teal; sisters, Donna Teal, Cyndi Trotter; brother, David Poticher; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Karen Sox and Susie Large and a brother, Chris Silkwood.
An employee of Lamar Advertising until his back injury, Bobby was also skilled in construction work. He knew God through all his pain. He was a SC Gamecocks fan and loved music and animals. He supported the United Way and other charities all his life and was an organ donor. He instilled these same values into Kitrina and Caleb.
At Bobby’s request there will be no formal service. Instead, he asked that friends and loved ones remember him by spreading acts of kindness.

Edna B. Westfall, 77, of Leon, passed away Saturday August 21, 2021 at CAMC Teays Valley following a short illness. She loved gospel music and enjoyed watching church services on television.
Born October 10, 1943 in Kanawha County, she was the daughter of the late Edward Leon Westfall and Freda Blanche Westfall. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Clemmon Westfall.
Survivors include her daughter, Clara (Charles) Elswick of Leon; brother, Edward Leon Westfall Jr. of San Antonio TX; grandchildren, Charles Elswick Jr. (Crystal Underwood), Jane (Thomas) Hickman and Amanda (Jay) Terry; seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 27, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Elmer Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Elswick Family Cemetery, Leon.

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