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Obituaries for Week of January 20

Norval Austin Buddy Bowie, 82, of Poca, formerly of Indian Head, Maryland, passed away January 14, 2022, at home.
Buddy is former owner/operator of Bowie Trash Company in Maryland.
He is survived by his two sons Johnathan Bowie of Port Tobacco, MD and Charles Bowie of Poca, and their mother Adele Marie Bowie; grandchild Phoenix Bowie of Poca plus 16 grandchildren and a few great grandchildren.
At this time there will be no services.

Johnie Pat Brown, 79, “Poca Dot Avon Lady”, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022, in her home.
Johnie Pat was a retired teacher’s aide, at Poca Elementary and Poca Middle School. She was a member of Poca United Methodist, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School leader, member of the choir, and the 5 Loaves 2 Fishes Food Pantry. She was a public servant to the community, serving on the Heritage Day Committee, Senior Dinner, and as a Heritage Day Grand Marshall, Girl Scout leader, and a faithful fan and cheerleader of Poca High (Poca Dot) and WVU athletics
She was preceded in death by her mother Johnie Hinkleman, her father John Patrick Hunter, her stepfather Michael J. Foley, her brother Jerry Michael Foley, and her beloved daughter Treasa June Russell
She is survived by her daughters Jeanette (Tony) Marshall and Jessica (Dale) Van Lehn, their father Willard “Buck” Brown; brothers Senator John Blair (Judy) Hunter, Will (Susan) Hunter, and Joel Hunter; grandchildren Jacy (Will) Jones, Michelle (Brandon) Heideprim, Rachel Marshall, Alyssa (James) Rhiel, Josh Marshall, Derek Van Lehn, and Jonah Van Lehn, and several great grandchildren.
Private service was Saturday, January 15th, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home. Graveside service was held at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens in Red House.

Gene Fizer, 84, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord, January 15, 2022. Gene was employed with Continental Can with 31 years of service. Gene enjoyed farming, raising cattle, working with his tractor and dozer. He had an infectious smile that made him many friends in the community.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Fizer; children, Peggy Cremeans (Dave) and Danny Fizer (Denise); grandchildren Cathy Fizer (Robert), Brittany Quentrill (Michael), Daniel Fizer (Shelley); 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Darrel, Dave, Curtis, Randy and Randall; sisters Phyliss Rice, Bertie Fizer, Joyce Howerton, Lynda Allen, Christina Byrd and Beverly Jones.
Funeral service was Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor David Vickers officiating. Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery.

Joseph “Joe” Grant, 69, of Winfield, passed away at his home on January 8, 2022, after a long illness.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Alberta Call, stepdad Mervin Call and his dad Dale Grant.
He is survived by his children, Joey Wray of Winfield, Jonathon Grant of Huntington, Jessica Grant and Joshua Grant of North Carolina, his wife, Tammy Grant of North Carolina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, and brothers, Gene Grant, Eddie (Paulette) Grant, Timmy (Marjorie) Call, all of Winfield and Hurricane.
He served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a mechanic at Luke’s Chevron. He was a friend to everyone he met.
Funeral service was Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home. He was laid to rest at Grant Cemetery on Sugar Camp Road.

Cecil Eugene Haas, 53, of Poca, passed away January 7, 2022, at home.
Cecil was born in Charleston on September 18, 1968. He is a former employee of Dow Chemical (1997-2007).
He is survived by his wife, April Jordan-Haas; three sons Jesse Hastings, Dakota Jordan and Brett Haas; two grandchildren Kayden and Isabella; mother Pamela Dent Haas; sisters Angela Haas and Faye Haas; brother Jimmie Haas and a host of nieces and nephews along with other family. He is also survived by a very special nephew whom he treated as his own, Hunter Clark.
Cecil is preceded in death by his grandmother Betty Dent Pauley; grandfather Cecil Dent; nephew Cody Haas and father Herbert Haas.
Service was Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel.

Douglas James “Jim” Harrison Jr., 78, of Hurricane, was born January 11, 1944, and passed away peacefully January 12, 2022.
He was the son of the late Douglas James Harrison Sr. and Nona Evelyn Gunnoe Harrison. He was also preceded in death by his brother Robert Lee, sister Pamela Sue and nephew Robert Lee Jr.
He is survived by his loving daughter Terri Sue Brown and her mother Sharon Harrison, his granddaughter, who was the apple of his eye, Taylor Moore, his devoted brother Daniel Lynn (Cindy) Harrison and nieces and nephews Donna Lynn, Daniel Jr, Corbett, Jessica, James and other loving cousins.
Jim graduated from Huntington Barber College and worked for Randolph Engineering as a design draftsman.
Funeral service will be 11:00 Friday, January 14, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cunningham Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Linda Faye Holley, 81, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 16, 2022 surrounded by her family.
Linda was born in Hurricane on November 5, 1940, to the late Hubert and Rosa Wyant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Charles Wyant.
She was a graduate of Hurricane High School Class of 1958, and a homemaker who cared deeply for her family and friends. She was a long-time member of Springdale FWB Church, where she faithfully served and supported the ministry.
Linda was the faithful wife of Marvin L. Holley, whom she was married to for 63 years. She also leaves behind her children: Sandra (Bennie) Johnson of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Stanley (Melissa) Holley of Hurricane, Sheila Glenn of St. Albans, and Stephanie (Michael) Hill of Greenville, NC; her seven grandchildren: Michael Johnson, Victoria Wimer, Christopher Johnson, David Hill, Cody Holley, Abigail Hill, and Hannah Hill; five great-grandchildren: Ayden, Isabella, Elizabeth, William, and Ellie Ruth; and her sisters, Mary Jean Cooper and Barbara Wyant.
Funeral service for Linda was Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Reverend Larry Cooper and Reverend Michael Hill officiating. Burial was in Holley Cemetery, Hurricane.

James H. “Jim” Martin, 66, of Leon, passed away Sunday January 9, 2022 at Cabell Huntington Hospital following a long illness. He was a 1974 graduate of Buffalo High School and a member of Leon Community Church.
He was the son of the late Kenneth R. Martin and Rose Herdman Martin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Anna “Cricket” Martin; daughter, Rebekah “Becky” Martin of Leon; sister, Brenda Snyder of Leon; brothers, Melvin Martin of Pt. Pleasant, David Martin of Winfield and Tim Martin of Hometown.
Funeral service was Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Pete Cobb officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

On January 9, 2022, our beloved Greg “Tank” McCracken, 61, of Hurricane, was called to his heavenly home.
Greg loved his family and friends. He was a graduate of Winfield High School and retired manager from Nation Wise Auto Parts. Greg enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing.
He is preceded in death by his mother Phyllis McCracken and brother Gary McCracken.
Greg leaves behind his wife, Ellen McCracken; daughter Maddy (Joey) Watts; stepchildren Josh Allen, Adrien (Samantha) Allen and Ashley (John) Carter; sisters Vickie (Steve) Clark and Des Johns; father Jackie McCracken; 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
A celebration of Greg’s life will be held at a later date.

James Daniel McKay, known by most as Jim, and by a lucky few as Dad or Papaw, passed away January 11, 2022, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 13, 1957 in Charleston to the late Rev. Clifford and Pauline McKay. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Joe McKay.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 23 years, Lydia; his children, Jamie (Josh) Garnes of Cross Lanes; and JC at home; as well as grandchildren Ryleigh and Clifton Garnes. He is also survived by his siblings, John (Annette) of Charleston, Joyce (Steve) Cook of Nitro, and sister-in-law Cheri McKay of Hurricane, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Jim was a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church. He spent many years serving, while able, as a Sunday School teacher and AWANA leader. He enjoyed sharing with others about Jesus and what Jesus had done in his own life.
Jim was hard to love. He was stubborn as a mule, was always right, had an opinion about nearly everything, and enjoyed a good argument. He was always reading and learning. He was never afraid to stand up in the face of adversity for what he believed to be right and true. He always did the “right thing” even if he did it alone. While being all these things, he was also sweet, sensitive, and caring, if he allowed you to see that side. He was the one to go to with good news and the one to give sage advice when things were not going so well.
Jim loved sports. He would watch them on TV, listen over the radio, and even listen to broadcast shows of others talking about sports. You could always find him in the stands when one of his kids were playing a game, as he was always their number one fan. He was a former referee and umpire with the WVSSAC. He also was a former Nitro High School Volleyball Coach.
Jim had the capability of bringing big energy, charisma, and a strong work ethic into everything he did. This allowed him to have quite the career path including 16 years at Broughton Foods and a wide array of jobs in business, sales, and management. He attributed his success to his willingness to work harder than everyone else and felt it necessary to instill that same drive into his children. He believed that regardless of your job title, you should take pride in your work and always be the best version of yourself. His most difficult yet most rewarding job, was being dad and papaw. He loved hard, held high expectations, and wanted nothing but the best for the ones he loved most.
While being unable to work the last several years, he continued making an impact but in a different capacity. He previously served his local community as Councilman at Large of the City of Nitro, as well as former Civil Service Board Member for both the Nitro Fire and Police Departments. He enjoyed being able to make an impact, although he felt it small, and greatly respected those who he represented.
Funeral service for Jim was Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. John D. Smith officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Dickie Lee Mitchell, 79, of Buffalo, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant following a short illness. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother, who loved the Lord, and will be sadly missed by those who loved him.
Born April 8, 1942 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late John O. Mitchell and Ruby Mae Mitchell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Irene Matthews and Ruth Ann Jividen; and his brothers, Ray Mitchell, Darrell Mitchell, and Dennis Mitchell.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Peggy J. Mitchell; his daughters, Tonya Mitchell of Eleanor, Lisa Mitchell of Buffalo, and Michelle Garrison of Eleanor; his grandchildren, Gilbert Mitchell, Jacob Garrison, Zachary Garrison, Kristyn Lett, and Kasey Webb; his great-grandchildren, Ryan and Caleb; his sister, Sue Tucker of Buffalo; as well as extended family and many friends.
Funeral service was Friday, January 14, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial was in Craig-Douglass Cemetery, Leon.

Charles L. “Charlie” Parsons, 73, of Red House, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 10, 2022, at CAMC Memorial Division.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents Lovell T. Parsons and Velva M. Parsons and his grandson C.J. Parsons.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Mary K. Parsons; daughter Bobbie and Mike Jordan of Eleanor; son James and Amanda Parsons of Charleston; brothers Butch Parsons of Mason and Lindsey Parsons of Cross Lanes; sister Nancy Booth of Bancroft; grandchildren Jordan M. Jordan of Scott Depot, Josh Cooper of Gallipolis, OH, Madison Workman of Hurricane and Lauren Cooper of Gallipolis, OH, whom he loved as a grandchild; great grandchildren Demi Crow, Kennedy Crow and Jaxson Cooper who were all the little lights of Pop Charlie’s eyes. He is also survived by his precious companion, his dog Sugar and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Charlie retired from Joe Holland Chevrolet in 2014 after 47 years of service as Body Shop Manager. He was a former deacon at New Hope Baptist Church, Scott Depot, and was current member at Hometown Independent Mission. Charlie never met a stranger and treated everyone like he had known them forever.
A tribute to the life of Charlie was held Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

Scott was born on February 4, 1966, and passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his father John H. Persinger. Scott was a retired industrial electrician. He is survived by his wife Anna, sons Micheal (Adrianne) and Jacob and granddaughter Cadence all of Oak Grove, La.; mother, Helen C. Persinger and brother Tim Persinger of Hurricane. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Nicholas “Nick” Wilkinson, 40, of Huntington, formerly of Buffalo, passed away January 12, 2022.
Nick attended Cabell Midland High School and was a carpenter.
He is the son of the late Kenneth and Pamela Wilkinson and is survived by his son William Wilkinson of Buffalo and his daughter Alexas Wilkinson of OH.
At this time there will be no services.

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