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Obituaries for Week of November 11

Linda P. Burrows, 53, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away November 6, 2021, in St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Linda is survived by her sons Curtis and Brandon Runions; brothers Brian and Denzil Rhodes and sisters Breanna and Savannah Rhodes.
At her request there will be no services.

John Henry Crist, 94, of Frazier’s Bottom, passed away peacefully surrounded by family October 27, 2021.
He was a lifetime resident of Fraziers Bottom and a member of the Frazier’s Bottom United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Putnam Lodge 39, Buffalo AF & AM, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and James E. Marshall American Legion Post 187, Winfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Andrew Crist and Oga Crist, his wife of 65 years Betty DeVore Crist; his siblings: Earnie, Alma, Earl, Ruby and Rena; his grandsons: Andrew Lewis Grant and James Christopher Frazier.
He remarried Thelma Pauley on November 2, 2011 and thrilled her as they traveled the United States. John and Thelma found love and enjoyed their time together. Thelma has been a very loving and loyal wife. He gained a stepson Glen Pauley (Cindy).
John left behind four children: Franklin Crist (Marsha), Virginia Sisson (Linford), Shirley Keeling Jones (Richard) and Connie Ranson (Rick); 7 grandsons: Tony Crist (Amy), John Frazier (Brandi), Brian Jones, Mark Crist (Aimee), Jason Keeling, Matt Crist (Shanda), Adam Keeling (Gillian); 12 great- grandchildren, 3 great- great grandchildren and three sisters, Garnet Galloway, Goldie Powell, and Mary Ekers.
He was an entrepreneur, making anything he needed to provide for his family, he sold fans before air-conditioning, was a lumbar jack and tree harvester, Christmas Tree Farmer, surveyor, and retired from FMC after 35 years. He worked for the WV State Road maintaining vehicles and placing decals. John owned many successful businesses including, Precision Sealfit, Get the Photo Before its Gone, and Straps Plus.
He was a self-taught musician, learning by ear the banjo, guitar, accordion, piano, organ, and harmonica. He would delight many children and grandchildren with early morning renditions of Wild Wood Flower, Cripple Creek, Soldiers Joy, and Turkey in the Straw.
John was a songwriter publishing “The Silver Bridge Disaster” by the three J’s.
John joined the Navy during WWII. He worked on the U.S.S. Hamul. He was a Fireman First Class, a Machinist, and Motor Launch Driver. He also ran a side business sewing buttons for other sailors, and in his down time he enjoyed boxing.
John will be greatly missed. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He taught all his kids the essentials of life, working hard, being creative, farming, canning, and repair work of any sort. Anything you needed he was there, he was a “Go To Daddy.”
Service was Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor Rick Ranson officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

John Patrick Conlon, of Leon, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Matthew and Irene Conlon, who will meet him in heaven.
He was father to Kimberly Patrice for whom he always kept a special place in his heart, widower to Susan Patrice Conlon (nee Clancy) with whom he brought their beloved daughter to this world and awaits her loved ones in heaven, loved and missed by his brothers, Matthew Conlon, Bobby and Michael Wilson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom he loved very much.
John had a unique and special mind and was offered nuclear engineering school by the United States Navy for his advance mathematic abilities but instead chose nursing and medicine, and later worked passionately as a home healthcare nurse. After returning to inactive duty he bravely answered the call from his Country for Operation Desert Shield and served his family and his Nation honorably.
John was as gregarious and fun as he was mischievous. An avid sports fan, hunter and fisherman, he returned to his ancestral roots in Appalachia to enjoy the wilderness and living from the heart of the land. John enjoyed sharing his time with friends and family and he will be missed by all especially those whom he helped through his nursing care, his family and friends from a full, well lived life.
Eternal rest with Christ our Lord to our beloved son. Amen.
Graveside service was Monday November 8, 2021 at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, with military honors provided by James E. Marshall American Legion Post #187, Winfield.

Billie Don Fore, 84, of Hometown, passed away November 4, 2021, in the CAMC Hospice House.
Billie was superintendent over the camping project at Beech Fork State Park. He was a professional auctioneer and a Navy Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. Billie loved to fish, watch football and Nascar. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and family. He attended Hometown Independent Mission.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ruford and Winky Fore; sons Roger Fore and Jason Long; brothers Johnny and Mike Fore; sister Betty Moyer and seven half-brothers.
Billie is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Janice Fore; sons Billy and wife Sue Fore, Tony and wife Amy Long, Travis and wife Kristi Long and Adam and wife Michelle Long; 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Billie Fore was held Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darren Persinger officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

Donal “Don” Jeffrey Greene, 65, of Winfield, passed away at his residence on November 5, 2021.
Don was retired from Union Carbide and a member of Winfield Presbyterian Church.
He was a son of the late Morris R. and Dottie Childers Greene. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his: wife, Judy Greene and his siblings, Morris R. “Morty” Greene Jr. and Peggy Greene.
Don was survived by his children, Mark Greene of Mountain Lake Park, MD, Andrew Greene (Kristen) of Winfield and Rebekah Withrow of Eleanor; his grandchildren: Robbie Withrow, Zoe, Gracie and Josie Greene; brother: Dave Greene of Harrah, OK; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Pastor Steve Hewitt and Pastor James Dennis officiating.

“A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.”
This is Teresa Ann Honaker, and on October 30, 2021 she went home to live eternally with her Creator, the Lord Jesus! Teresa passed peacefully at her home in Eleanor, at the age of 67.
A life well lived! That was Sissy. Sissy’s life had a plan and purpose that started before she was ever born. Psalm 139:13-16 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book!” God allowed Sissy to live with her disabilities for His purpose and plan. Her life impacted many for good! As Job 33:4 says, “The Spirit of God made her, and the breath of the Almighty gave her life.”
Teresa was preceded in death by her loving mother, Annetta Jane Honaker, and her father, Jackie Ray Honaker.
Surviving family includes her beloved sister, Deborah Honaker-Ross, and her husband, Philip T. Ross; her nieces Morgan and Michaela Ross, whom she adored; her aunt, Elva Scott; and many cousins.
Teresa’s Celebration of Life was held Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home in Eleanor with Pastor Larry Hammett officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, Red House.

Annette M. Smith Mitchell, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov 5, 2021, at her home in Culloden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Wilma Smith, brothers, Robert L. Smith and David F. Smith, and sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Virgil Brogan.
Annette retired from Pinnacle Environmental and enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing, crocheting, spending time with her grandchildren, and visiting the Ocean.
She is survived by her sons Larry Mitchell (Christina Gonzalez) of Culloden and Chris Mitchell (April Mitchell) of Lake Saint, MO, her grandchildren Dustin, Brian, and Ty Mitchell and her siblings Roberta, Chuck and Dawnetta.
Funeral service was Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Allen Funeral Home with her brother Chuck Smith officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

Franklin Delano Neary, 84, of Bills Creek Road, Winfield, died Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Eldercare of Ripley after a long illness.
Frank was a 1955 graduate of Winfield High School. He served in the army as a mechanic from 1956-1958. He owned Neary Development Corporation. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. Frank loved Winfield and especially his lifelong home on Bills Creek Road.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Patti, parents, Jim and Annie Neary, brothers, James “Doc”, Robert, and Lawrence. Sister, Mary Ellen Sturgis, niece, Kim Scarpa and nephews, Christopher Maddox and Justin Wygal. Sister-in-Law Barbara (Tom) Miller and brother-in-law Jim Wygal.
Frank is survived by daughter Olevia Neary of Winfield, daughter Renee Wheeler (Mike) of Lavalette, granddaughters Jessica Wheeler of Las Vegas, NV, Jennifer Pridemore (Justin) great granddaughter Elyse; sister Doris (Wayne) Maddox of Teays Valley, sisters-in-law Debbie Bridgette (Ed) of Kentucky; Patti K. Wygal of Poca; many treasured nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Frank was held Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dave McCormick officiating. Burial was in Judson Baptist Cemetery on Bills Creek Road.

With God in his heart Larry Riddle, 59, left the world on October 10, 2021, at the James Cancer Center at O.S.U., with his wife Sandy by his side.
Larry and Sandy were united in Holy Marriage September 26th 1998 and were together for 26 years.

He was a restaurant manager and chef. Most recently being the chef of the Bar 101. Before that he was the general manager of the Chop House Restaurant. He was the Chef of the Chop House Restaurant prior to that. He also worked as a general manager for Wendy’s International. He started working as a child passing papers and then helped run the Boys and Girls Club on the West Side. He always had a great work ethic and won many awards over his career. Larry grew up on the West Side of Charleston and was proud of that. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High in 1980. He also graduated from N.I.T. with a 4.00 grade point average. He was a 26 yr. resident of Teays Valley.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Sandra Halstead Riddle, son Matthew at home, Tyler Riddle fiancée Emily Combs and their newborn daughter Gemma Rose, mother Joyce Romsky, brothers, Terry and Brad, sister Kim Morton and husband Dave. Many extra special Uncles and Aunts, Great Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Many special friends he loved like family. You know who you are. And his loyal loving dog Puppy.
Preceding Larry in death were his Father Gary Riddle, Stepfather Nick Romsky, Special Grandparents Louise and Virginia Riddle and in-laws Clyde and Wilma Halstead.
The memorial service is set for 1:00 Saturday November 13, 2021, at the 1st. Church of the Nazarene 200 Park Ave and Hall Street. Charleston, WV. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Larry was a big Sport’s and WVU fan so if would like to wear WVU attire and colors that would be great.

Jan Vance, 56, of Scott Depot, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021.
She was born on August 30, 1965 in Charleston to the late Harry Carlos, Sr. and Mary Ellen Vance.
For 28 years, Jan was the Operations Manager at Office and Commercial Cleaning. She enjoyed her many travels with the owners, Matt and Robbie Coleman. Jan was a member of Harper Memorial Gospel Tabernacle in Cross Lanes.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her many nieces and nephews . She was also a dedicated foster parent for many years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her partner in life, David Parsons; brothers, Larry and Charles; niece, Amanda; and nephews, Kelly and Brandon.
Jan is survived by her brothers, Harry and Rick; her sisters, Debra, Karen, Billie and Bobbie; 14 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services will be held at a later date.

Joyce L. Vaughn, 76, of Red House, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
She was a graduate of Nitro High School and was member of Otter Branch Church. She owned a beauty shop in Nitro and worked as a hairdresser for several years. Joyce left her hairdresser career and went to Thomas Memorial Hospital in 1976, where she worked for 34 years until she retired. Around 1993 she joined the Home Health Family as administrative Secretary to the Director.
Joyce was loved at her job and one of her co-workers shared the following…
“As a family we always had disagreements, but Joyce never sided, she just gave you the look or a gentle tap and you knew to shut up and listen. Her sign in her office read “Don’t make me let my flying monkeys out.” Joyce always believed in the best of everyone. Her door was always open for encouraging words or hugs. She was a Momma to us all, including our children and grandchildren. We love you and we will miss you.”
Born August 31, 1945, she was the daughter of the late, George Witt and Thelma Fowler Witt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 41 years, Archie Albert Vaughn Jr.; son, James Michael Witt; sister, Mary Catherine Witt; brother, James Lloyd Witt; father and mother in law, Archie and Helen Vaughn; sister in law, Nadine Vaughn; brother in laws, Bobby Vaughn and William Vaughn.
Survivors include her daughter Nelsa Naugle; grandson, Devon Naugle Jr.; sister in laws, Barbara Vaughn, Sharon Stutler and Karen (Keith) Casto; niece, Tammy (Mark) Warner. Joyce is also survived by her fur babies; Lilly, Skittles, Thumper and Milo along with a host of friends and work family.
Graveside funeral service was Monday, November 8, 2021 at Buffalo Memorial Park with Pastor Mike Tucker officiating.

Bonnie Sue Wheeler, 81, of South Charleston, formerly of Hurricane, passed away on Nov. 3, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston after a brief illness.
She was born in Huntington on July 6, 1940, the daughter of Henry Booth and Carl and Dorothy L. Alls Nida. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Dannie Lee Mullins and second husband, Arthur “Dave” Wheeler, brother, David H. Booth and a stepson.
Bonnie was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane and was a retired General Manager from Days Inn, Teays Valley.
Bonnie is survived by her children: David W. Mullins (Terry) of New Holland, OH, Deborah S. Mullins (Kelly Pleasants) of Louisa, VA, Shawn Wheeler (Kaycee) of Hurricane, and Tamra Hamrick Wheeler of Scott Depot, 7 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She was also survived by 4 step children, 14 step grandchildren and 16 step great grandchildren.
Funeral service was Monday, November 8, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor James Dennis officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

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