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Obituaries for Week of December 9

Joan Evelyn Adkins, 77, of Hurricane, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 1, 2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents Watt & Dora McDowell, sister, Edna (Delmar) Atkins, brother in law Kevin Adkins, father and mother in law, Donald J. and Della Adkins, and special granddaughter, Shawna Adkins. She was a longtime member of Main Street Church of Christ, Hurricane. She retired from the State of West Virginia.
She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years Donald M. Adkins, children, Susan Neace (Tim), Donny Adkins (Heather), grandchildren, Robert Adkins, Samantha Jenkins (Daniel), Kayla Saunders (Keith), Zoey Grace Adkins, and her two very special fur baby’s, Baby Girl and Rita, and special sister in law, Pauline Adkins, and nieces and nephews, Donna, Michelle, Byron and family.
Graveside service was Monday, December 6, 2021 at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Juanita “Nete” Rose, 101, of Winfield, passed away on November 27, 2021 at her daughter’s home with family at her side.
She was a daughter to the late William I. and Mildred G. Fish Fitzsimmons in Red House. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband George Arrington and son in-law, Carl B. Pape.
Nete has spent a lifetime working, whether it be as a CNA (working up to the age of 86 when she wasn’t able to continue due to injuries), as a private secretary in state government, or her favorite, as a mother.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Clara Pape and George Arrington (Rebecca); grandchildren: Carl Pape Jr., Christy Pape-Payne, and Richard Arrington.
Following Nete’s wishes, she was entombed alongside her husband at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Cheryl Jividen Barnett, 64, of Winfield, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital following a short illness. She was a graduate of George Washington High School in Charleston, Asbury College in Wilmore KY and Marshall University in Huntington. She went on to spend 34 years in Putnam County Schools teaching music. She taught at Winfield High School, Eastbrook Elementary and Winfield Middle School. Cheryl left a legacy in the lives of many students through the art of music. She preformed in several community choirs and choruses including the Charleston Light Opera Guild. She was a member of Winfield Baptist Church. Cheryl was also a member of the Huguenot Society of America, American Choral Directors Association, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Charleston Camera Club.
,Cheryl is survived by her parents Merrill and Patti Jividen of Midway; loving husband of 46 years, Rev. Rod Barnett; son, Drew (Kelsey) Barnett of Wichita KS; grandchildren Callie Haven Barnett, Levi Jordan Barnett and Isaiah River Barnett.
,Funeral service was Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Winfield Baptist Church with Pastor Andrew Gordon and Rev. Ed Grant officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

George William Monroe Blackshire, 79, of Hurricane, surrounded by his loving family, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
George was preceded in death by his parents, William Dexter Blackshire and Jesse Kittle Blackshire; brother Rex Lee Blackshire of Sunrise, Florida; stepmother Donna Lee Abrams Blackshire of Apollo, Florida and daughter-in-law Cathy Easthom Blackshire of Huntington, WV. George is survived by his wife, Janice Ruth (Holley) and six children: Deborah Lynne Bailey (Toby Saadeh) of Princeton, WV; Vicky Marie (Edward Rexroad) of Hurricane, WV; Janette Kathyren “Kathy” Gillispie of Milton, WV; Todd Stuart (Angela) of Hurricane, WV; Timothy Monroe (Pamela) of Culloden, WV; Eric Scott (Laura Conrad) of Walton, WV. George is also survived by 46 grand and great grand children; a brother Carol Dana of Wallula, Washington; stepsister Julie Anne Abrams (Roger) Justice of Valrico, Florida; brothers‑in-law, Joseph, Hersel (deceased), Marvin and David; sisters-in-law, Judy Houck and Maria Blackshire; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
George was a Free Will Baptist minister who ministered and evangelized many churches in his local area and brought the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who would receive it. He was a member of Springdale Free Will Baptist Church.
A family service was held at Allen Funeral Home, followed by graveside service at the family cemetery on Hurricane Creek with the Reverends Maitland Bailey and Larry Cooper officiating. Music was provided by Stan, Melissa and Cody Holley.

Irvin “Rusty” Casto, 56, of Robertsburg, passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021 at CAMC Memorial following complications from a cardiac arrest. He was a 1983 graduate of Buffalo High School and retired from The Laborers Union Local #1353.
Born July 1, 1965 in Charleston he was the son of Alva Bonnett of Kenna and the late Billy Casto. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his brother, Jackie Lee Casto.
In addition his mother he is survived by sisters, Leona (Terry) Garnes of Kenna, Kim (Bob) Donahue of Robertsburg; brothers, Billy (Angie) Casto Jr. of Hurricane, Johnny (Debbie) Casto of Red House; nephews, Todd Garnes, Jarrod Garnes, Eric Donahue; niece, Erin Renee Painter and his fur baby Sadie.
Funeral service was Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Mt. Zion Church, Given, with Pastor Scott Casto officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Given.

Kevin Earl Fluharty, 60, of Hometown, unexpectedly departed this life on November 30, 2021.
Kevin was born and raised in Clarksburg and was a 1979 graduate of Washington Irving High School. He is the sales manager at Charleston Mitsubishi.
Kevin is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Earl Fluharty. He is also preceded in death by Sherri Phillips, T.J. Scott, and Andre Haikal.
Kevin is survived by his wife and soulmate of 31 years, Mrs. Berri Fluharty; children Brandi (Danny) of Poca, Ashley and Cody both of Hometown; grandchildren Jaydon Haikal and Reagan Smith both of Poca; brother Bradley “Rusty” Fluharty and wife Donna of Elkins; mother and father-in-law Sue and Dick Clovis of Clarksburg and three dogs Zoey, Echo and Sadie. He is also survived by special family Randall and Susie Eddy, Deanna Scott and David and Debbie Wagner and family.
Kevin will be remembered for his humor and quick wit and ability to find the humor in any situation. He always brought a smile to your face. He loved spending time with his grandkids. He was the one that had to take care of his family and he always tried to take away their pain and worries.
A tribute to the life of Kevin was held Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kelly Clevenger officiating.

Joyce Ann Vinson Lincolnogger, 85, of Culloden, passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Joyce along with her late husband, were the Owner and Operator’s of Hurricane Equipment, Culloden WV.
She is survived by nine children, seventeen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane, with Rev. Claude Spurlock officiating.

Dilemma Laferne ‘Dolly’ Alford McClain, 83, of Scott Depot, left this life to be with her Lord and Savior on December 4, 2021, at Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.
She was born June 5, 1938, in St. Albans to the late Norris Ellis and Jewell Kathryn Webster Alford. Her beloved husband of 57 years, Robert Gary McClain died in 2019.
Dolly graduated from Winfield High School, Class of 1956. She worked for the Travelers Insurance in Charleston as a typist in the later 1950’s-early 1960’s. Dolly was active in church activities for most of her life. She served as secretary at The Depot in Scott Depot for many years. Dolly currently attended Teays Valley Church of God.
Dolly is survived by a son, Robert McClain, and wife Lynn Braskey McClain, of Daniels, WV; three grandchildren: Elizabeth McClain (Manny Santana), of Kalamazoo, MI, Caleb McClain, of St. Joseph, MI and Richard Tyler Underwood (Battine Batina), of Washington, DC; great-grandson Sebastian Santana; sister Lowella Morris (Roger), of Wilmington, DE; brother Norris Alford; of Tucson, AZ.; a niece, Sarah White, of Tucson, AZ.; a nephew John Alford, of Parkersburg; and her precious Furbaby ‘Sassy.’
Funeral services were Thursday, December 8, 2021 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. Rod L. Taylor officiating.

James A. McCoy, Sr., of Hurricane, passed away on November 28, 2021 with his family by his side
Mr. McCoy was born on February 10, 1932, and raised in Wharton, W.Va. and a graduate of Van High School and attended Morris Harvey College and the University of Dayton and C.L.U.
Mr. McCoy was a Christian, a devoted, loving Husband, Father, Uncle and Grandfather and will be missed and remembered.
He was a Coal Miner with Eastern Associated Coal and Gas Co. but spent his career as an agent and Manager for Peoples Life Insurance Company until his retirement. He was a camp counselor at Eastern Coal Camp Thomas E. Lightfoot, and a veteran of the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict Era.
Mr. McCoy is predeceased by his parents, Harry Arthur McCoy and Nancy Ellen McCoy formerly of Wharton, W.Va. and his brothers and sisters, John “Jack” McCoy, Nancy Louise McCoy, Helen McCoy, Janice Erle McCoy Cole, Billie McCoy Hall, Harry “Mac” Arthur McCoy, Betty McCoy Wert, Nancy McCoy Lally and Theodore R. McCoy.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Velma Atkins McCoy; daughters, Nancy McCoy Kalen of Richmond, Va, Julie McCoy Stowers of Dunbar; son, James A. McCoy, Jr. of Hamlin. He is also survived by his brothers, William McCoy of Indianapolis, Ind., Robert L. McCoy of Kettering, Ohio and Sherman “Randy” McCoy of Centerville, Ohio; grandsons, Nick Kalen of Blacksburg, Va., Matt Kalen of San Diego, California and granddaughter, Emma Stowers of Dunbar.
A graveside service was held Sunday, December 5, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with Pastor Aaron Mills officiating.

Eleanor Miller, 87, of Scott Depot, formerly of South Charleston, daughter of the late Hobert and Arnette Skidmore, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. She was born in 1934 in Braxton County and was the youngest of five children. She later moved with her family to Calhoun Co. and graduated from Calhoun County High School. Eleanor attended Glenville State College and pursued a degree in education. When she was 40 years old, she attended Charleston School of Beauty Culture and later started a 35-year teaching career in cosmetology and finally retiring from Mountaineer Beauty College. Her students meant the world to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Miller; brother, Jim Skidmore; sisters, Helen Webb, Eloise Miller.
Surviving, daughter, Jackie Hill (Paul) of Scott Depot; grandchildren, Robert Hill (Missi) of St. Albans, Jerry Steed (Kina) of Dunbar, Jeremy Hill (Amanda) of Dunbar, Chena Hill (Nathan) of Sissonville; great-grandchildren, Kyla, Lee, Makenna, Kristian, Jerron, Haydyn, Kalee, River, Reign; and sister, Phyllis Roach of South Charleston.
Service was Monday, December 6, 2021, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Pastor Scott Beha officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

David Ray Poore entered into the Eternal Kingdom on November 28, 2021.
He was born October 15, 1938 to Arthur Ray and Frances Irene Poore in Raleigh, West Virginia. Growing up in the Raleigh Coal Camp, he attended Woodrow Wilson High School, where he met the love of his life, Martha Jane Poore (Weaver) who predeceased him in death. After graduating high school, Dave went on to have successful careers in the construction industry and as a salesman for various companies including Lucas Tire, GE, and Appalachia Tire.
After retirement, Dave started a tee-shirt printing business with his oldest son Mark called “Certain-Teez.” When not printing tee-shirts, Dave was traveling with and supporting his younger son, Bryan and his West Virginia State University Men’s Basketball team. Known affectionately as “Pops” to the players, Dave rarely missed a practice, or a game.
Dave and Martha were married for 51 years before her death on August 18, 2011, and the family rejoices for their reunion now. Left to cherish his memory are Mark and Pam Poore (Satellite Beach, FL); Bryan and Jennifer Poore (South Charleston) and Susie and Paul Konstanty (Hurricane). Grandchildren Brittany, Brandon, Bryan David, Trevor, Chloe, Anna, and Great-Grandson Cooper will forever miss their beloved Paw-Paw/Grand-dad.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be 1:00pm on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Walker Convocation Center upon the campus of West Virginia State University. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with a service to follow.

James Lee Robertson, 94, of Hurricane, passed away on December 2, 2021, of a cardiac arrest. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle Robertson, his parents, William Sebert Robertson, and Mary Garrett Robertson, and his three brothers John, Raymond, and Herbert.
He is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Wright (David) of Louisville, KY, Mary Noble of Hurricane, WV, Rebecca Robertson of Hurricane, WV, and son James Robertson (Deborah) of Springfield, VA. He had six grandchildren, Wesley Wright of Louisville, KY, Travis Noble of Hurricane, WV, Matthew Robertson (Vicki) of Honalulu, HI, Sarah Jacobsen (Alain) of Charlottesville, VA, Luke Robertson of Springfield, VA, and Hannah Robertson of Springfield, VA. He had two great grandchildren, Hayden Noble and Hoke Robertson.
He was retired from FMC Corporation with 37 years of service.
He served in the US Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. He was a World War II Veteran.
He attended Nitro Church of God (Anderson, IN) and served the Lord faithfully as a Lay Minister for a number of years.
Service was Monday, December 6, 2021, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Dave McCormick officiating.

Thurman Dwight Sargent, 85, of Scott Depot, died December 4, 2021 following a long illness at Genesis of Hurricane.
Dwight was a retired heavy equipment operator for Cypress Kanawha Corporation and a member of the United Miner Workers of America.
Dwight was preceded in death by his parents Thurston and Louie Grey (Bailey) Sargent; sons Larry and James Sargent as well as several brothers and sisters.
Dwight is survived by his wife Virginia Sargent, stepdaughter Karen Stover; stepsons Larry, Terry and Eddie Burns; grandchildren Tom Sargent, Amy George and Amber Carney; stepgrandchildren Christina Stover and Terry Burns II; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Delmas, Dale, Tracy and Charles and sisters Jean and Kathern.
Funeral service was Tuesday, December 7th at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor Jim McCallister officiating.

Rosalie Nutter Thomas of Hurricane passed away on December 7, 2021, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
She was born March 18, 1941, in Elizabeth, WV to the late Avery and Rosella Nutter, she was also preceded in death by her daughter Teresa Lynn Thomasson.
She is survived by her husband Hershel E. Thomas, daughter Kriste Thomas Tolbert (Alan) of Barboursville, son Eric Thomas (Laura) of Huntington, grandchildren Jessica, Kyle and Madison Thomasson, Abbie, Allie and A J Tolbert, Collin, Erica, Sierra and Brooke Thomas, great grandchild Warren Thomasson
A private graveside service will be held in Valley View Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Losh officiating.

John H. Whittington, 71, of Hurricane, passed away on December 4, 2021 at his home after a short illness. He was the former caretaker of Mt. Moriah, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Olive, and Harvey’s Creek Cemeteries. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lilly Whittington, one sister and six brothers.
John is survived by his wife Sharon of 29 years, son Samuel Ball and daughter Suzanne Forbes all of Hurricane and daughter Penny Chambers of Gallipolis, OH., 4 grandchildren, 2 great grand and special grandchild Isaac Forbes. Sisters Shirley of St. Albans, Jewell of New Mexico and Roxie of Georgia
Funeral service was Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Adkins officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

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