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Obituaries for Week of February 3

Joy Ann Burkett DeHart Thomas Ayers, 69, of Elkview, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 30, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Madison, on September 30, 1952. She was raised in Putnam County and graduated from Hurricane High School. She was preceded in death by her mother Augustene (Tena) Justice Burkett DeHart. She was also preceded in death by her infant son, Anthony C. Thomas, her stepdaughter Jessica Ayers and a step grandchild.
Joy is a member of the Elkview Church of Christ in Elkview.
Before retirement, she was an employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles Records Division. She was also a former employee of the United Talent Temporary Agency working at Union Carbide and Workers Compensation.
She is survived by her husband of 29 years Charley R. Ayers and stepfather Robert DeHart, Sr. She is survived by her siblings, Micheal (Mickey) DeHart (Cristal), Teresa DeHart Hice (Bob), Robert (Bobby) DeHart (Benita).
She is also survived by her children; Tina Thomas Habor (Brian), Melanie Thomas Davis (Paul), Robert Thomas (Brandy) and two stepchildren; Kimberly Patterson and Charley R. Ayers, Jr (Brittanie). She has nine grandchildren, three step grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral service was Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home with Minister Kenneth Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Forest Memorial Park in Milton.

Thelma Louise Comer passed away on January 28, 2022, at her home in Hurricane, West Virginia after a prolonged illness from a stroke.
Born July 27, 1928, she was the daughter of Blair and Narabel Nichols from Webster Springs, WV. She had three brothers, Richard, Ronnie, and Bob Nichols. She grew up and attended High School in Dunbar. After World War II, she graduated and met her husband, Eben Cross Comer. In 1946 they got married and moved to Hurricane in 1955. She was happily married for 68 years, attended church with family at First Baptist, taught Sunday school, and raised three children. She worked at Putnam General Hospital as a receptionist, and helped care for and raise her grandchildren.
After losing her husband, Eben, of 68 years, she is survived by one brother: Richard Nichols, two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Nichols and Madaline Nichols, three children: Karen Dotson, John Comer, and Gregory Comer, two daughters-in-law: Yong Comer and Lisa Comer, eight grandchildren: Chad Gilbert, Celeste Gilbert, Janie Mills, Johnnie Comer, Jennifer Patrick, Stephanie Smith, Stacy Hay, Breanna Sparks, and thirteen great grandchildren.
Graveside service for Thelma was Thursday, February 3, at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Jim Dennis officiating.

Bonnie June Davis Craig went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Bonnie was born in Hurricane on June 15, 1934.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years G. Wayne Craig, parents Ivan E. and Orga Washington Davis, brother Gene Edison Davis.
Bonnie is survived by her children, Suzanne (Paul) Herb, of Pataskala, OH and Christi (Keith) Teutsch of Blacklick, OH, grandchildren, Taylor, Haylee and Lauren Teutsch and several nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service will be held at Valley View Memorial Cemetery in Hurricane.

Gordon Blaine Grant, 74, of Hurricane, passed away on January 23, 2022 at his home.
He was retired from Inco Alloys, Huntington, and served his country in the United States Army.
Gordon was a son of the late Freemont Grant and Mina Helen Setliff Young. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Hodges and brother, Johnny Grant.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gale, his son, Kenneth Fremont Grant (Nicole) of Hurricane and his daughter, Angela Marie Cottrell (Danny) of Culloden, his grandchildren, Jordan (Will), Eric (Melissa), Shelby (Kalob), four great grandchildren and a sister, Peggy Hinkle (Lloyd) of Obetz, Ohio, mother in-law, Juanita Burford of Hurricane and a sister in-law, Carol Grant of Logan, OH, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Gordon was Friday, January 28, 2022 with Pastor Don Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

William R. “Bill” Noffsinger, 89, of Midway, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022 at his home. He was a 1949 graduate of Poca High School. Bill was a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Marines. He was a former employee of Union Carbide, Preiser Scientific and longtime insurance agent with Prudential Insurance Company. He also worked for the Putnam County Assessor’s Office. He was a member of the Pliny Presbyterian Church. Bill performed photography at many events and weddings for over 50 years. He enjoyed flying planes and ultra-lights and received his private pilot’s license in 1948. Bill spent many years volunteering with the local 4-H programs.
He was the son of the late Bob Noffsinger and Irma Little Noffsinger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Melton.
Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Leona Noffsinger; sons, Bruce (Cindy) Noffsinger of Midway, Alan (Sandi) Noffsinger of Scott Depot and Chuck (Peggy) Noffsinger of Vienna; brother, Tom (Nancy) Noffsinger of Winston-Salem NC; grandchildren, Christi Noffsinger, Dustin Noffsinger, Terra “Beth” Noffsinger, Ben (Drew) Noffsinger and Abby Noffsinger; great grandchildren, Jenna, Ryne, Avery, Ella, Cora and Abel. Bill is also survived by his special friends, Jeff (Helen) Lewis and their daughters Tara and Kellie.
A private graveside service will be held at the Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar with Rev. Rod Barnett officiating.

Dorothy E. Poar 86, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Fraziers Bottom, passed away on January 25, 2022 in Columbus.
She was born on September 23, 1935 in Fraziers Bottom to the late Albert and Evelyn Legg. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold J. Poar, her sisters, Opal, Deloris and Lethea; a brother, Roger Legg and she’s certainly hugging her great-great grandson, Lil Mikey in Heaven.
Dorothy retired from General Motors, loved traveling, especially to Las Vegas, Bingo, gardening, her OSU Buckeyes and feeding anyone that came to her house.
She is survived by her daughter, Vivian (Alan) Johnson; grandchildren: Scott Poar, Mike (Shanna) Browning, Arnold Browning; great-grandchildren: Mikey (Kate) Browning, Trevor, Abbie and Marcus Browning; great-great grandchildren; Baleigh, Colton, Lacey and Rhenn; her only surviving brother, Kenny (Linda) Legg, as well as many nieces, nephews and other family.
Funeral service for Dorothy was Sunday, January 30, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Fraziers Bottom.

Bill Walker Walls, 96, of Scott Depot, passed away on January 26, 2022 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
He was born in Frame, on Feb. 18, 1925 to the late Ernest and Mabel Douglas Walls. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Ruth, and 3 brothers, Bob, Frank, and Jim.
After high school graduation, Bill, like many young men at that time, served in World War II to protect our country and freedoms. As a U.S. Navy sailor, his service took him to the Pacific war effort in Okinawa. He returned home April 14, 1946 and on November 4, 1946 began a long work history with E.I. DuPont in Belle, WV. He was an Electrical – Instrument Technician, and a Safety Consultant at the time of retirement. He carpooled with local neighbors and traveled over fifty miles each day to get to and from his job at the plant, Monday through Friday. He was dedicated to his work at the company and was always eager to learn and move-up. After 36 years, he retired in December, 1982.
While living at Frame and Elkview, WV, Bill enjoyed hunting with the Eden’s family at their cabin in Randolph County. Also, he and wife Norma enjoyed traveling to their camp on Becky’s Creek in the WV mountains to relax and visit with folks who lived nearby.
Sports, especially baseball, were a passion in Bill’s life. He would often go with a buddy to watch the minor league teams play at Wyatt Powell Park. He was always excited in the spring as Major League baseball opened the new season. Near mid-life, he grew to love golf. He would spend many evening and weekend hours at the former Meadowbrook Country Golf Club. After retirement he played at Scarlett Oaks, many West Virginia golf courses and in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with his favorite golfing partner Norma. They also traveled throughout the western U.S. and New England states and Canada.
Bill’s greatest pride and joy was his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Norma Jean O’Dell Walls. His children: Patricia Ann Walls Stone (Bill) of Kingwood WV, Sharon Kay Walls Williams (Eddie) of Ireland WV, and William Michael Walls (Jamie) of Scott Depot WV. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kristan, Vanessa, Eric, Karrah, Ryan, Lara, Corey and Dustin, as well as, 12 great-grandchildren.
Bill will be honored by a private family service and will be laid to rest at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

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