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Obituaries for Week of November 18

Rick “Norton” “Redeux” Beeler of Hurricane, passed away on November 13, 2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington from complications of COVID-19.
Rick served his country in the US Marine Corps, was a member of the Alliance Motorcycle Club, and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David F. and Janet C. Beeler.
Rick is survived by his loving family, longtime girlfriend, Charlene W. Jaggers, father, William Stout; sisters, Buffy and Eric Thornhill, Kerri L. McDuff, and Debra Penninston; step-brothers, Tony and Mike Beeler, nieces and nephews, Trisha and Nicole Thornhill, Jim and John Penninston, Seren McDuff, and David, Brian, Ashley, Anthony, and Sarah Beeler.
Funeral service for Rick will be Monday, November 22, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial will be in Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, with the James E. Marshall American Legion Post #187, Winfield, WV providing honors.
Friends may visit the family Sunday 5:00 – 7:00pm and an hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

James Edward “Eddie” Berry, 62, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 8, 2021.
Eddie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all, he enjoyed playing golf with his friends. He also took pride in his yard as it was admired by many in the area. Eddie loved traveling with his wife and family. He was also a passionate WVU Mountaineers fan. “Let’s go Mountaineers!” When he wasn’t enjoying time with the people closest to him, he worked in the automotive industry, with a career that lasted 40 years.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 31 years, Vicki Berry; children, Nicole Suarez (Jose’), Justin Thornton (Mary), and Corey Berry; sister, Wanda Bowman (Dewitt), Becky Bowen (Bill), and Connie Berry; grandchildren, Ava Suarez, Hailey Thornton, and Jacob Thornton; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Luddie and Dorothy Berry.
Funeral service was Friday, November 12, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Jim Dennis officiating. Internment was at Cunningham Memorial Park.
Millard Carroll “Kayo” Boggess, 87, of Grandview Ridge, passed away November 9, 2021.
Kayo is retired from Avtex Fibers and Putnam County Schools. Kayo served as a bus driver for Putnam County Schools and will always be remembered for the love he showed to the kids on his bus. He was a lifetime member of Viscose Athletic Association.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Rose “Shorty” Boggess.
He is survived by his daughters Vanessa Boggess and Lisa Boggess; son Rick and his wife Laura Boggess, who was a wonderful caregiver to Kayo; sister Brenda Persinger; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Millard “Kayo” Boggess was held Friday, November 12, 2021, at Center Point Cemetery with Pastor Darren Persinger officiating.

Stephen E. Browning, aka “Poppy,” left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on November 13, 2021.
Steve was a lifelong resident of Eleanor and was a 1970 graduate of Buffalo High School. He attended Winfield United Methodist Church and loved the opportunity to witness for the Lord. He was a chemical operator at Monsanto for 20 years, drove a school bus for Putnam County Schools for 20 years and worked at the Edgewood Country Club following his retirement. He loved all the children that he transported to and from school, they held a special place in his heart. Since 2006, he and his wife have operated the H&R Block office in Eleanor.
He loved family trips spent with his grandchildren and was an avid New York Yankees fan, loved the West Virginia Mountaineers and never gave up on the Cleveland Browns. One of the greatest joys he had was spending time on the golf course with Jimmy, Richard, Dave, Eddie and many others.
Born August 9, 1952 he was the son of the late Adolphus and Helen Browning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Browning.
Steve leaves behind the love of his life of 43 years, Donna Browning, and their two children, Erica (Jon) Panaro and Steven (Gabrielle) Browning. The light of his life was his four grandchildren, Karli Panaro, Evan Panaro, Ace Browning and Tori Browning. Steve also leaves behind his siblings, William Browning of Borger, TX, Brenda (Dave) Smith of Red House, Sandy (Rod) Nicholson of Midway, David Browning of Eleanor and Paul (Dena) Browning of Red House.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M on Friday November 19, 2021 at the Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Paul Browning and Pastor Chris Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Carl Boyd Burdette, 79, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, West Virginia after a long illness. He had made his home in Cassell’s Board and Care in Princeton, the last four years of his life.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Jewel Burdette; sister Leona Miller; brothers Robert, Davy, Billy, Phillip and Gerald Burdette.
He is survived by brothers, Max Burdette of Columbus, Ohio and Forrest Gene Burdette of Huntington. Ex-wife Jessie Burdette and son James Burdette and two granddaughters.
Boyd was an honorably discharged Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Funeral service was Monday, November 15, 2021, at Valley View Memorial Park with Steve Miller officiating.

John F. “Nick” Lett, 89, of Hometown, passed away November 8, 2021, at home.
Mr. Lett is retired from Laborers Local # 1353 with over 50 years of service and an Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged February 17, 1961, as a Corporal.
He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Lett; son Ken Lett; parents Kinner and Retha Lett; step-mother Zelma Lett; half-brother Gene Lett and half-sister Faye Lett.
John is survived by his children John “Buggy” Lett, Jr. and wife Janet and Teresa “Annie” Perdue and husband Scotty; daughter-in-law Judy Lett; four grandchildren Stefani (Ishmael), Kristyn (Brandon), Kasey (Tanner) and Landon and three great grandchildren Daniel, Aaliyah and Weston.
Private services will be held and burial will be in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Debra A. Guthrie Luster, 66, of Michigan City, Indiana passed away November 8, 2021.
She was born in 1955, in Hurricane, to the late Ralph W. and Eloise E. Guthrie. Debra had worked as a dispatcher/broker in the trucking industry. She was a very good artist who enjoyed quilting and painting.
She is survived by her best friend and husband, Charles Luster of Michigan City, Indiana, and siblings Pamela Dean (John) and Charles Guthrie of St. Albans, WV.
Private services were conducted in Michigan City, Indiana.

Ralph Gordon “Shorty” Noffsinger, 86, of Red House, went home to be with the Lord November 9, 2021.
Mr. Noffsinger is retired superintendent from Cleveland Wrecking Co. with 35 years of service; 69-year member of the Laborers Local # 1353; attended Raymond City Community Church and was co-founder of the Putnam County Sportsman Club.
He is preceded in death by is parents Herbert L. and Freda E. Higginbotham Noffsinger; son-in-law Rex DeVore and brothers Clayton, James, Thomas, Lloyd and Howard Noffsinger.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mrs. Eleanor June Childers Noffsinger; children Timothy and wife Eva Noffsinger, Randy and wife Debee Noffsinger; Penny DeVore and Kelly and husband Joseph Good; brother Jackie Noffsinger; sister Sarah Sayre; grandchildren Wendy and husband Cliff Parsons, T.J. and wife Tiffany Noffsinger, Amber Noffsinger, Shannon Noffsinger, Anthony and wife Kelsey DeVore and Laythen Good and seven great grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Ralph Noffsinger was held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Rick Legg and Nyle Fisher, Jr. officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

Dana Quoetone, 62, of Hurricane, passed away November 13, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.
She is survived by her son, Kellen (Kelly) Sheridan of Centennial, CO; her daughter Tawnee (Jimmy) Sheridan of New Braunfels, TX; her grandson Reznor Sheridan of Centennial, CO and her soon-to-be born grandson Wyatt Lamb of New Braunfels, TX; her beloved boyfriend Artie Reeves and his dear extended family of Zach (Megan) Reeves of York, PA; Montana (Todd) Bailey; Desirae (Philip) Ellis and four grandchildren, Cadian, Lillian, Donovan and Tyler of Hurricane.
She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all that knew her. Born in Denver, CO, in 1959, she graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1977. She worked as an accounting clerk for Gates Rubber Co. and Great-West Life Assurance among other companies over her career.
She was full of unending pride for her children and stated that they were the greatest accomplishment in her life. Her life was filled with many friends and lots of laughter. She moved from Denver, CO to Hurricane in 2015 to live with Artie and near his family. She had recently waged a battle against gallbladder cancer and ultimately, succumbed to complications of COVID-19. A service will be held in Colorado on a date yet to be determined. May she rest forever pain-free and her big, loving heart never be forgotten.

Stacy Jo (Moore) Rakestraw, 47, of Port St. Joe, Florida, formerly of Hurricane, passed into the arms of her Savior on 11/6/21 after a long 3 year battle with cancer. She withstood so many obstacles in this valiant fight, and she was so blessed to have her loving husbamd by her side every step of the way. She always had a smile on her face for everyone regardless of how she felt.
Her family was so important to her and when she was able, she always tried to win ANY game played against her dad. She loved the beach and was finally able to live there. She enjoyed so much taking rides on the beach or just having a nice bonfire in the evening with the love of her life and soulmate. They made many wonderful memories in such a short time.
Stacy gave her life to the Lord and was baptized at a very young age. Even to the very end she was aware of where she was going and that she would be reunited with loved ones in Heaven and she was ready to go.
She was a graduate of Calvary Baptist Academy where she excelled in volleyball. She also was the pianist for the choir and competed in piano and volleyball in state competitions and won awards. After graduation she used her talent for the Lord by playing piano in several churches. After graduation from CBA, she got a degree from business college and she was employed as a paralegal for many years both in WV and FL.
Stacy was preceded in death by her daughter, Jessica Anne-Marie, paternal grandparents Bill and Doris Moore and maternal grandparents Raymond and Lucille Cowan.
Those left to cherish her memories are her loving husband Jeff, her son, Justen; daughter, Morgan (Austin); granddaughter Nevaeh and another granddaughter Makenna due very shortly. She also leaves behind her parents, Raymond and Linda Moore; her sister, Lisa and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on November 16th at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Bancroft with Pastor Jeff Arthur officiating.

Carol “Lynn” Rigsby, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday November 9, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington.
Lynn was born in Grove City, PA, on August 24, 1952, to the late Richard and Helen Dobie.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Arlie Lee Rigsby Jr. and her sister, Cheryl Beckham.
Lynn was a faithful Christian for many decades and loved to serve the Lord. As a member of Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, she served in the Sparks Awana Club and was on the videography team.
She is survived by her niece, Christina Kulp (Kevin); nephews, Richard and John Beckham, great nieces, Haley Kulp and Gabrielle Beckham; great nephew, Richard Beckham II; and great friend Marie Lamont, although Lynn also leaves behind many close friends and her church family.
Graveside service for Lynn was Saturday, November 13, 2021 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Barboursville, with Rev. Dr. John D. Smith officiating.

Forest Eugene “Pete” Rogers, Sr., 82, of Scott Depot, passed away at his home on Friday, November 12, 2021. He served our country in the United States Army. Pete was an active member of the Dunbar Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and the Iron Workers #301; he was also a small business owner.
Pete is preceded in death by his loving wife, Wanda Lois Rogers; parents, Minnie and Morrison Rogers; sisters, Velma Irene Wilson and Delores Atkins; and brother, Larry W. Rogers.
Left to cherish his memory is his children, Carol L. Cunningham (Earl), Forest E. “Pete” Rogers, Jr. (Lisa), and Charles E. “Tiger” Rogers (Patricia Kraft); brother, James “Jimmy” D. Rogers; granddaughters, Nicole Nutter and Haley Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, in Hurricane.

Larry Kenna Skaggs, 82, of Hurricane, passed away November 10, 2021 in Hubbard Hospice House after a short illness.
Larry was a U.S. Army and National Guard Veteran and retired from Retail Sales after working in several stores in Putnam County.
He is survived by his son Ken Skaggs, daughter Lynna Skaggs, brother David Skaggs, 5 grandchildren Sierra, Elisabeth, Emily, Amanda and Travis and 5 great grandchildren Emma, Melody, Eli, Aiden and Ryder.
Funeral service was Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. James Jobe and Pastor Brian Matthews officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

Mary Elaine Smith, 70, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 6, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Pauline Webb.
Mary was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Mary kept a meticulous house, and it was always warm and inviting. She enjoyed cooking for her family during the holidays. Mary had an amazing sense of humor and had an infectious laugh. She had an impeccable sense of style, and her hair and make-up were flawless – a total class act. Her life was devoted to her family and their happiness. Mary was a proud cancer survivor and health food enthusiast. Christmas was her favorite holiday. Mary liked to make sure children in need had a wonderful Christmas by anonymously purchasing them toys and necessities. It was a way for her to spread Christmas spirit and she did so every year. Mary loved to share her gift of song with her church family. Mary was an animal lover especially when it came to her beloved dog, “Gizzy.” Mary had a special bond with her grandson, “Pay Pay” who she considered number one and her partner in crime.
Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of fifty-two years, Richard Smith; children, Stirl “Rich” Smith (Sally) and Brian Ashton Smith; sister, Donna Krugman; brothers, Aaron Webb, James Webb, Terry Webb, and Butch Webb; grandson, Richard Payton Smith; and host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in the death brother, Larry Webb, and John Webb.
Funeral services were private.

Steven Allen Steele, 48, of Hurricane, passed away November 10th, 2021 surrounded by family.
He is survived by his parents, Roger and Helen Steele of Hurricane; his sister, Beverly Steele of Hurricane; his four sons, Shawn Steele (Taryn), Cameron Steele, Greg Steele, and Kallen Steele. Steven also has two grandchildren, Rylan and Hadleigh Steele.
Funeral service was Saturday, November 13th, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Roxie “Bea” Stone, 89, of Buffalo, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Hospice House at CAMC Memorial. She worked at Lakin State Hospital for over 20 years.
Born January 3rd, 1932 in Putnam County, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Icie Fisher. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Michael W. Fisher; daughter, Rose Marie Thomas; granddaughter, Caitlin Ashley Buck; grandson, Christopher Higginbotham; 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
Survivors include her children, Brenda Fisher Bias of TN, Elizabeth Lampos of TX, Stanley Higginbotham of Racine OH, Debbie Collins of Leon, Roberta Doyle of FL and John D. Higginbotham of FL; sister, Sue Fisher of Teays Valley; 22 grandchildren and 35 great and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Thursday November 18, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Tom Doyle officiating. Burial was in Rutland Cemetery, Rutland OH.

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