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Obituaries for Week of September 9

Ronald Lair Allen, Sr., 82, of Red House, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021 at C.A.M.C. Teays Valley. He was a retired ca, Sr., 82, of Red House passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021 at C.A.M.C. Teays Valley. He was a retired carpenter and worked for many years for CY Inc. He could fix anything and work on just about everything. He will be sadly missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.
Born August 9, 1939, he was the son of the late Lawrence Allen and Dora Lee Fortune Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Katheren “Louise” Allen; brother, Val “Sonny” Allen; twin brother, Donald Allen and sister, Jo Lucas.
Survivors include his daughter, Marie A. Lucas of Grandview Ridge; his son, Ronald L. Allen, Jr. of Dunlap Ridge, Buffalo; his grandchildren, Ashley M. (James) Panaro, and Stephanie “Danielle” Lucas (Keion Saunders); his great-grandsons, Austin J. Panaro, and Aiden Panaro; brother, Laryy; sisters, Charlotte and Janetta; special friends, Shirley Sergent, and Mary and Jim Michael Young; as well as extended family and friends.
Funeral service was Friday, September 3, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Francine Saunders officiating. Burial was in Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg.

Maria Alvarez, 42, of Poca, passed away on September 4,2021.
Maria was born on June 16th, 1979, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico to her mother Angela Alvarez. Maria was raised in San Luis Potosí where she met her husband, Jose Hernandez, 45, and later had their first child Uriel Hernandez, 23, they then came to the United States together with hopes of giving their family a better life. After coming to the United States they had their other two children, Estrella Hernandez, 17, Jasmine Hernandez, 7.
Maria was a successful business owner and extraordinary hard worker. She was loved by many that she was able to meet along the journey of running a business. Maria was a very caring person who always put others before herself. To Maria her family was the most important thing in her life and the reason for how hard she always worked to provide for her family. She was an outstanding mother to her three kids and loving wife to her husband. Her smile and spirit was unmatched and could light up any room with her presence. Maria was taken too soon from not only her family but a whole community who loved her dearly but will forever be in our hearts.
For the people that were fortunate enough to meet this beautiful soul know that she would want everyone to stay strong and keep moving forward. So as a community we must come together to appreciate our lives while celebrating hers. A visitation will be held 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 11th, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens followed by a service at 11:00 AM for anyone who would like to join us. Burial will follow in the memory gardens.

Mary Jane Anderson, 88, lovingly known as “Mrs. A” by generations of Winfield High School graduates, passed away August 28, 2021 at her home.
Born September 25, 1932 in Huntington, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Leroy and Erma Lake Mynes. She was also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas Edward and Irene Mynes.
She was a 1950 graduate of Huntington East High School where she was a member of the Highlanders Majorette team and the band. She received her college education through Marshall and Ohio State Universities attaining the degree of Masters +15. She taught Home Economics and was the cheerleading coach for 60 years at Winfield High School, and one year as majorette coach. Mrs. A’s cheerleading teams won many awards over the years including 2003 AA State Cheerleading Championship and Runner-Up in 2002, 2004 and 2005 as well as numerous Regional Championships and State appearances. She was the Regional Cheerleading Coach of the Year, 1989-90, WV Coach of the Year, 2003-04, Putnam County Teacher of the Year, 2011-12 and Retired Coach of the Year, 2016. She was also recognized as a WSAZ Hometown Hero.
Surviving are her husband of 61, years, Gene Anderson; her daughter, Kelly R. Anderson; nieces, Sharon Mynes Martin and Tony Gail Napier; nephew, Stephen Mynes; as well as her two cats whom she loved dearly, Lula Belle and Weezie.
Funeral service was Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield with Pastor Dana Gatewood and Dr. Paige Carney Salgado officiating. Burial was in Winfield Cemetery, Winfield.

James Lee Boone, 88, of Winfield, died Sunday, August 29, 2021 at CAMC after a short illness. He went home to join his beloved wife of 44 years, Mary F. Boone.
He was born on May 28, 1933 in Rainelle, and was the only child of the late Joseph and Margaret Boone of Victor, WV.
He was a member of Winfield United Methodist Church. He was drafted into the Korean War serving in the US Army 931st Aviation Engineers and achieved the rank of Corporal. He retired from the State of West Virginia as Claims Manager for the Board of Risk and earned the” Distinguished West Virginian” award. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and later became an avid golfer.
He is survived by son; James L. Boone Jr. and wife, Stephanie of Fort Smith, AK; daughters, Lee A. Dages and husband Kevin of Cashiers, NC; Valerie B. Six and husband, Charles of Winfield; six grandsons, James L. Boone III, Joseph M. Boone, Lucas O. Dages, Samuel J. Dages, Michael A. Marino II, Charles E. Six III and two great-grandchildren, Jack F. Marino and Charlee M. Boone.
A private burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens at a later date.

Walter Daten Harris, 90, of Poca, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021 at his home. He retired as Head of Maintenance for Charleston Area Medical Centers, including General, Memorial, and Women’s and Children’s Divisions. He was a United States Navy Veteran, with 4 years of service. He loved to hunt, fish, and go to his camp in Pocahontas county. He will be sadly missed by his family, hunting buddies, and many friends.
Born June 4, 1931, he was the son of the late Walter J. Harris and Mae Harper Harris.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Frances M. Harris; daughter, Deborah K. Slack of Poca; son, Richard D. (Gail) Harris of Scott Depot; grandsons, Jesse A. Slack of Poca, Travis D. Harris of Gas City, Indiana, Jeremy R. Harris (Faith Adkins) of Milton; great-grandsons, Paxton G. Harris and Owen M. Harris, both of Milton; sisters, Eva Keogh of Toledo, Ohio, Dola Stone of Nitro, and Florence Selbe of Midwest City, Oklahoma; brothers, Arnie Harris of Perry, Georgia, and Kenny Harris of Leon; and can’t forget “Macho”, his Minature Pinscher, his companion for many years.
There are no services planned for the public at this time.

Linda Sue Hitchcock, 70, of Winfield, formerly of Poca, passed away September 5, 2021, at home.
Linda is survived by her husband Mark Hitchcock; daughters Dannette Clendenin, Angela and husband Jerry Randolph and Nicole and husband Brett Knutson; sisters Tama Rae Jividen, Ruby Poindexter and Anna Dorsey; grandchildren Levi and wife Mikayla Clendenin, Autumn Grace Randolph and Cody Clendenin and great grandchild Abel James Clendenin.
A tribute to the life of Linda was held Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel.

Helen Faye Hudson, 97, widow of Richard L. Hudson, passed away August 27th, 2021, in Hospice Care in Summerville, SC. Born February 4, 1924 in Red House, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Nona Higgins Brown. She was a retired U. S. postal employee.
Survivors include one daughter Jeannette Lynne Hudson of Scott Depot: 2 sons; David (Janice) Hudson of Hanahan, SC and Michael (Rita) Hudson of Harrodsburg, KY. Also, surviving are four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were four sisters: Macelle Fish, Madeline Parkins, Ruth Kirkland, and Kathleen White and four brothers: Maxwell, Ralph, Robert, And Donald Brown.
Graveside service was conducted at Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens in Red House on September 1.

Dorothy Mae Geyer, 94, of Scott Depot, passed away at her home on Thursday, September 2, 2021. She was the manager for Piece Goods store in St. Albans and Teays Valley for 23 years.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Phil Geyer (Darlene); Grandchildren, Tyler Geyer (Amber), Cara Chaney (Kyle Thompson), Maj. Matt Hill (Katrina), and Tabby Craddock (Shawn); great grandchildren, Vivian M. Geyer, Nolan S. Geyer, Cassidy Banton (Andrew) Griffin Craddock, Scylah Hill, Kora Hill, Ryan Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, Laiken Thompson; several of nieces and nephews; and a host family and friends.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her loving husband, Alvin C Geyer, Sr.; parents, Carl and Ira Houchin; children, Marsha Geyer, Cynthia Geyer, Alvin C. Geyer, Jr., and Ronald Scott Geyer; three sisters and two brothers.
Private graveside services were held.

Toby Ann Gilkeson, 82, of Scott Depot, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021 at her home surrounded by love.
Born July 25, 1939 in Hemlock, she was a daughter of the late Julius Homer and Edith Mary Fox Bragg. She was also preceded in death by her Brother and sister-in-law, Julius and Loretta Bragg, her first husband, Lloyd and her second husband and soulmate, Charles “Buck” Gilkeson.
Toby loved crafts and going out to eat. She simply enjoyed being with family and friends and also country line dancing.
Surviving are her nieces, Sherry, Rhonda, Kristie and Stacy; several great-nieces and nephews; step-son, Doug Gilkeson. She is also survived by several cousins including Diane Pendleton of TN, Gene Ferrell of St. Albans as well as a host of family and friends whom she loved.
Graveside service was Friday, September 3, 2021 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

David Kent Ramey, 79, of Culloden, is in heaven and singing with the angels. He passed Friday, September 3, at St. Mary’s Hospital of Covid.
He was married to Marilyn D. Carter Ramey for 41 years.
David was born January 3, 1942, in Kokomo, Indiana to the late Earl and Margaret Broyles Ramey.
He graduated from Milton High School (1959), retired from CSX Transportation, and then enjoyed developing properties.
He belonged to Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene where he sang in the choir and used his gift for solos. Singing gospel music was a big part of Dave’s life. He sang with Grace Melody Boys, Shoreman, Calvarymen and Clear Vision.
He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Cierra and by sisters Lilly Mae, Barbara and Carolyn.
David is survived by his loving wife Marilyn. He is also survived by his sons Ashley Ramey, Aaron Ramey, Adam Ramey and Zachery (Susan) Carter and daughter Kristi Johnson. Grandchildren: Makenna, Skye, Anthony, Timara, Casey, Kallan and Kensley. Great grandchildren: Destiny, Ethan, Hunter, Luna, Lillyan and Eli, and sister Norma.
Funeral Service was Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33).

Joel C. “Joe” Snodgrass, 77, of Scott Depot, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at home.
Born February 23, 1944 in Chesapeake, he was a son of the late Clim and Dorothy Snodgrass. He was also preceded in death by his step-daughter, Regina Hilbert; brothers, Jimmy and Johnny Snodgrass.
Joe was a retired pipefitter from Union Carbide and was a member of the Nitro Moose Lodge. He graduated from East Bank High School and served his country with the United States Air Force.
Surviving are his wife, Gaynell Snodgrass; step-son, Edward Hilbert; step-daughters, Debrah Perkins and Lacinda Hilbert; brother, Jack Snodgrass.
At his request, there will be no formal service at this time.

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