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Obituaries for Week of October 7

Burk F. Bell, 87, of Winfield passed away peacefully on October 3, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West surrounded by his loving family. He was retired from the United States Navy as a Senior Chief after 21 years of service, and a retiree from Dominion Energy. Burk was an active member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church as a deacon and organizer of the men’s breakfast. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. In his free time, Burk enjoyed golfing, bowling, coin collecting, vegetable gardening, and traveling.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Estelle L. Bell; children, Carla J. Davis, Dwight F. Bell (Darlene), Rodney A. Bell (Wendy), and Brian D. Bell (Nina); grandchildren, Shannon (Weylin), Travis, Ryan Bell, Robbie, Logan, Ryan McDaniel, Andrew, and Jeanna; great grandchildren, Loreligh, Liam, Lucas, and Latham. Burk is preceded in death by his wife, Floral Jean Ullom; parents, Ezeriah and Hazel Bell; sister, Ruth E. Ilar; and son in law, Michael K. Davis.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Funeral service will be at 11 am on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Good Shepherd Baptist Church with Pastor Travis Rucker officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Teasy Valley.
Leona A. Shamblin Casto, 90, of Hurricane, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021, at her home in Hurricane.
She was born on February 14, 1931, to the late Champ and Cora Bell Shamblin and she was also preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Casto
Leona is survived by her children Roger (Becky) Pennington of Golf Port, MS, Daughters, Brenda (Jerry) Herron of Greenville, SC and Tammy (Ric) Marshall of Simpsonville, SC Stepchildren, Bruce (Kathy) Casto, Brian Casto, Ken (Linda) Casto Jr. Cathy (Dennis) Chaney. 8 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren 1 Great Greatgrandchild and several step grandchildren.
Private burial was in Tyler Mountain Cemetery.
Christine E. Cipolla, 64, of Hurricane, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston on Monday, September 27, 2021.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elaine Kardosh and her mother in-law, Marlene Cipolla.
Christine was a loving mother, wife and sister, a homemaker and they were members of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Charleston WV.
Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, Donald A. Cipolla; son, Timothy Cipolla (Kristina) of Shiloh, IL, her father in-law Joseph Cipolla (Helen), of Herperia, MI; and her sister, Donna Montoya of Oak Lawn, IL.
A Memorial Service was held Monday, October 4, 2021 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Charleston, with Pastor Jamie Strickler officiating.
Edward Mervin Frank, 83, of Leon, formerly of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021. He was a member of Teamsters Local Unions #19 & #507. He was an avid fan of Cleveland sports, especially the Browns and the Indians, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He loved his family and helping others and serving the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Frank and Rae Rosenberg Frank; wife, Maria Stewart Frank; children, Joseph Frank, and Jay, Donald, and Mary; sisters, Maureen Pavlik and Iris Frank; and brother, Robert Frank.
He is survived by a son, Phillip John (Sue) Frank of Cleveland; daughter, Anna Ganss; daughter-in-law and caregiver, Dorothy Michelle Frank; sister, Beatrice Mankowski; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild on the way; as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated. A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.
Donald Frazier of Hurricane, passed away in the early morning of September 30, 2021 and was at peace knowing Jesus was there to take him home.
Donald was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Nancy who passed in 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Romie and Katherine Dobbs Frazier, his brother Robert “Bobby” Frazier, baby sister Virginia, his mother and father-in-law Mae and Harold Mynes, brother’s-in-law Frank Mynes and Roger Mynes.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law April and Steven Pauley, granddaughters Sabryna and Alaura Pauley, sisters Glady King and Rebecca (David) Gibson and many cousin, nieces and nephews.
Donald graduated from Nitro High in 1968, that summer he started working for FMC and worked there 33 years before the plant closed.
Growing up, Donald attended Nitro Church of God. He never lost faith in God, but stepped away from church until 2015 when he started going to Open Door Bible Church with his wife. This Church brought him several friends. The ones outside of church he spoke with often were Monty, Helen and Mr. and Mrs. Bays.
Per Donald’s wished he will be cremated and there will be no services.
Tony Edward George, 62, of Hurricane, formerly of Mineral Wells, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Tony was the son of Lillian Bargeloh George and the late Bob George.
Left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Ellen Bowie (Keith) and Angela Sansom (Jerry); partner, Tammy Chapman; five nieces and nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition to his father, Tony is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, L.D. and Dortha George; maternal grandparents, Karl and Eloise Bargeloh; and brother, Roger George.
Tony was a retiree from Wood County Board of Education. He enjoyed watching Nascar, hunting, and fishing. Tony was an avid WVU fan, “Let’s Go Mountaineers!”
A memorial graveside service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mineral Wells.
William McKinley “Bill” “Poochie” Gillispie II, 72, of Red House, formerly of Winfield, passed away on September 26, 2021 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.
He was the son of William and Iva Mae Henson Gillispie. A sister, Pattie Watson, also preceded him in death. Bill graduated from Winfield High School in 1968, was drafted into the US Army in 1968 and served his country proudly in Vietnam until 1971. He was retired from the Putnam County Sheriffs Dept, was a member of Adda Baptist Church, Hurricane and an active member of the Winfield area athletic community.
Surviving Bill is his wife of 46 years, Sharon Gillispie, son Shawn (Danielle) Gillispie of Fort Myers FL, daughter, Roxanna Hawkins (Tom Pinson) of Red House WV and William “Billy” (Amanda) Gillispie of Parkersburg, his grandchildren, Peyton and Adyson Gillispie, Zachary Searls, Nichole Wysong, Briauna Hailey, and Bayleigh and Brock Gillispie, and one great grandson Aiden Wysong, sisters Mae Erwin (Aubrey) and Caroline King and his special friends, Doug Parsons and Rick Painter, among many other friends and family.
Funeral Service for Poochie was Saturday, October 2 2021, Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.
Larry G. Hill, 75, of Buffalo, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 at CAMC Memorial following a short illness. He was a member of the Buffalo United Methodist Church. Larry loved his town of Buffalo and everyone in the community loved him.
Born April 11, 1946 he was the son of the late Hallett B. Hill and Cora E. Nease Hill. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother- in- law, Kenny Tucker.
Survivors include his loving sister, Susie Tucker of Buffalo; brother, Hallett Hill Jr. of Teays Valley; nephews, Kenneth L. “K.L.” (Debbie) Tucker of Winfield, Thomas E. Tucker, Timothy E. (Lisa) Tucker, and Todd H. Tucker, all of Buffalo; as well as many friends and extended family.
Funeral service was Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Mark Harris and Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial wasw in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.
Lona A. Hull, 85, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a short illness. She was a member of the Buffalo Baptist Church. She retired from Putnam County Schools as a cook with several years of service.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Alma Parsons Sayre; her husband of 56 years, James Vincent Hull Sr. and her son, Timothy A. Hull.
Survivors include her sons, James V. (Nancy) Hull Sr. of Red House, Ronnie (Nikki) Hull of Buffalo; sisters, Linda Sayre and Sandra (Rick) Morgenstern; brother, Mike Sayre; daughter in law, Cheryl Hull; grandchildren, Jillian (Adam) Jividen, Samuel (Jana) Hull, Molly (Mikyle) White, Abby Hull and Makenna Hull; great grandchildren, Mason, Rease, Creed, Judah, Joel, Morgan and Mitchell.
A private family graveside service was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Cross Creek Church Cemetery, Buffalo with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.
Ronnie Jackson, 80, of Culloden, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021 after a extended illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Mildred; sons Timothy and Daniel, brothers Jimmy and Michael as well as 7 nieces.
He was a 20 year Veteran of the Marine Corp, and attended Springdale Freewill Baptist Church.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 61 years Sue Ann Burns Jackson, Daughter -in-law Lisa Jackson and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the Jackson Burns cemetery on Coon Creek with Larry Cooper officiating.
Francis L. “Dickie” Martin Jr., 65, of Red House, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Hospice House at CAMC following a long illness.
He was a 1974 graduate of Buffalo High School and was the owner of Moles Mobile Home Movers. “Dickie” loved the outdoors and spending time in Pocahontas County at his camp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis L. Martin Sr. and Delores Spencer Hawk.
He is survived by his loving wife Susan Martin; son, Steve (Nancy) Martin of Liberty; daughter, Kristin (David) O’Brien of Winfield; son, Earl Hill of Red House; daughter Erica Hill of South Charleston; grandchildren, Shane Martin, Thomas Tucker, Chad, Sam, and Allie O’Brien.
Memorial service was held Friday October 1st, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating.
Sherri Louise Phillips, 45, of Hometown, formerly of Clarksburg, passed away September 29, 2021, at home.
Sherri was a graduate of Bridgeport High School and attended Fairmont State College and Glenville State College.
She is preceded in death by her parents John and Margaret Phillips.
She is survived by her fiancée Ashley Fluharty and beloved pugs Lily and Ozzy; sister Stephanie Michelle Phillips; brother Michael Todd Phillips; special family members Kevin and Berri Fluharty; nephews Justin (Sarah) Elliott, Brennan (Chelsea) Elliott, Brandon Elliott and Jayden Haikel; niece Reagan Smith; great niece Isla Elliott and great nephews Easton and Cruz Elliott.
A tribute to the life of Sherri was Thursday October 7, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home with Justin Elliott and Kelly Clevenger officiating.
Darrell Gene Rappold, 81, died at CAMC Memorial Hospital on September 28, 2021 in Charleston, after a short illness. He was born on August 28, 1940 in Hurricane, to Clyde “Pete” Rappold and Ruby Beckett Rappold. He married Joyce Hammack Rappold on February 16, 1963 and has been a lifelong resident of Hurricane.
Darrell had a love of music that he shared with his kids, grandkids, and fellow musician friends. He played many instruments and in various bands. He was a skilled mechanic who was able to fix anything. Always hospitable, he was always up for an impromptu “call all of your friends and invite them over” with a mentality of “the more, the merrier.” In his later years, he lost his vision and was unable to drive. This kept him confined to home. Nothing made his day more than a visit or a phone call.
He is survived by: son, Keith Rappold, of Hurricane; daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Jerry Kreps of Lincoln, NE; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Shelia Rappold of Scott Depot; daughter and son-in-law Tina and Antony Roberts of Dublin, OH; grandchildren Lakan Rappold of Hurricane; Christian (Leah) Hale of Franklin, TN; Collin Roberts and Abby Roberts of Dublin, OH; Jordan Kreps of Lincoln, NE; Zachary Rappold of Hamlin; and Garrett Rappold of Scott Depot; great grandchildren Wesley and Wyatt Sowards of Hurricane; sister, Carolyn Rappold Handley.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Ruby Rappold, wife of 53 years, Joyce, and sister, Phyllis Rappold Swann.
Darrell will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 on October 16, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home, Visitation will be from 10-11 prior to the service.
Carol Rae Williams Russell, 86, of Scott Depot, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021.
She grew up as a child in Richwood, WV. She often talked of visiting Hinkle Mountain and her grandfather Charlie and Celicia Williams farm. Her fondest memories happened there talking of the ringing bells on the cows and pleasant scents early in the morning. She loved to read and oil paint. Many of her precious friends have gone on before her, but she mentioned them all many times.
She was a faithful and loving wife to Bill Russell that preceded her in death. She lived in Scott Depot since 1968, where she owned and worked as a Realtor along beside her husband of 59 years Bill Russell. Carol was also preceded in death by her parents Renick and Thelma Williams.
She was a wonderful mother and doting grandmother. Carol was a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Diane (Tony) Parog, Tony Russell; grandchildren, Krista (Jay) Garnes, Emily, Paul and Lillian. Laikin (Sara), Libby (Triston) and David; great-grandchildren, Josiah Lawrence, Eva, Jax, Vivian and Ily Brown: godson, Chuck (Deidra) Dent; Two girls very special to her, Alex and Tori. She was like a mother to many she adored!
There will be a private memorial for the Russell family to celebrate this wonderful Godly lady. The family would appreciate you love, thoughts and prayers.
Patrick Junior Sigman, 79, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Pat was a retired steel worker, and many may also remember him from his carpet store in Raymond City. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Pat was a Christian and a member of Faith Christian Fellowship. He loved to fish, hunt and garden. He was especially proud of his tomatoes.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mrs. Sue Sigman; mother Maggie Sigman; brother John Sigman and sisters Della Smith, Ruth Landers, Violet Craigo and Betty Wright.
Pat is survived by his daughter Kathy Hailey and her husband Jim of Winfield; granddaughter Maggie Harper and her husband Matt of Poca; two great grandchildren Hailey Grace and Georgia Faith; special niece Jan Sigman; special nephew Mike “Bubba” Sigman and loyal companion Ivy.
A tribute to the life of Pat was held Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens with Pastor Paul Boggess officiating. Burial was in the memory gardens.

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