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Obituaries for Week of February 17

Helen Frances Bennett, 93, of Hurricane, passed away at Cabell Healthcare Center on February 7, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Phyllis Kennedy, and granddaughters, Angela Unik and Stacy Kennedy.
Helen was a Christian and baptized at age 69. After retirement Helen really enjoyed taking care of people in their homes.
She is survived by her children: Peggy Carden, Connie Henderson (Scott), Vickie Farrow, Mary Ramsey and William E. Bennett Jr., all of Hurricane, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Funeral service was Friday, February 11, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. L. Ray Bird Jr. officiating. Burial was Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane.

Jessie Arrietta Burdette passed away Friday afternoon, February 11, 2022, at the age of 76. She was born on January 20, 1946, and spent her life residing in Hurricane.
She went peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family and many great friends, after a difficult ten-year battle with cancer. Jessie always said “You’re a Winner either Way”.
Jessie is preceded in death by her mother Gerald Cunningham, and her grandparents James and Arretta Lovejoy, who adopted and raised her. Also preceded in death are siblings Shelia, Yvonne, Eddie, Jim, Irene, and Betty.
She is survived by her son Jim Burdette and wife Debbie, granddaughters Maura (Brad) and Morgan (Matt), grandsons Ryan and Cole. She has 7 great grandchildren and one arriving in March, brother Jack of California, sister-in-law Karen of Oklahoma, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Jessie retired from Putnam County School Board, after working for 32 years. She was a Christian for over 70 years, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hurricane, where she was active and involved with many activities in the service of the Lord.
She was a member of the American Baptist Women, and served as president of the AHOU Circle for seven years, and sang in choir for twenty years. Jessie traveled with the girl scouts, youth choirs, helping with many activities, and making sure others were attended to and fed. She loved every moment. Her favorite pasttimes were cruising, playing cards with her friends and setting on the beach.
Funeral service was Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Mary Sue Harvey Clay, 94, of Leon, went home to be with the Lord on February 6, 2022.
The daughter of Joseph L. Harvey and Ruth Irene Bowers of Beckley, she is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Willie Leslie Clay, Jr., a sister Lou Ellen Manning (Dix), a brother Howard Jackson Harvey (Betty), and one son, Joseph L. Clay.
Mrs. Clay is survived by 3 children, Elizabeth Mitchell (Rick), Martin L. Clay (Becky) and Richard Clay (Angie). There are six grandchildren, Will and Alex Shreve, Cara Lee Jividen, Tiffany Clay, and Aaron and Ryan Clay. Great Grandchildren are Peyton and Logan Shreve, Collin, Logan, Ethan and Ayden Clay, Taylor Marie and Addison Clay, B.A. and Marshal Shreve, and Hannah Estep and Lucas Garrett.
Mrs. Clay attended Beckley Junior College, Concord College (BS), and West Virginia State College (MA) in Education. She spent many years teaching in Putnam County. She enjoyed visiting Civil War Battlegrounds, fishing, birdwatching, jigsaw puzzles and reading.
At her request there will be no services.

Willa Scott Crago, 94, of Clarksburg, formerly of Red House and Beckley, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022 at United Hospital Center following a short illness. She was a 1946 graduate of Poca High School.
She was the daughter of the late Ben H. Scott and Louie E. Parkins Scott. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Wilmer D. “Bill” Crago.
Survivors include her daughter Barbara Gilchrist and her husband Jim of Bridgeport; grandsons, Jim Gilchrist IV and his wife Jessica of Charlotte, Dr. Scott Gilchrist and his wife Dr. Caitlin Corbett of Bridgeport; great grandchildren, Drake Gilchrist and Demi Gilchrist of Charlotte, Mackenna Gilchrist and Maeve Gilchrist of Bridgeport.
Funeral service was Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor. Burial was in Parkins Cemetery, Liberty.

Enola Gay Fitch Ellis, 75, of Scott Depot, went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2022 at home after a short illness.
Enola was born November 10, 1946 in Charleston to the late Burton Beecher Fitch and Ruby Mae Morrison Fitch. In addition to her parents, Enola was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Nelson Ellis.
Enola retired from the State of West Virginia. Left to cherish her memory are lifelong friend of 58 years, Larry Pauline of Scott Depot; son, Brian K. Ellis (Jeanette), and their daughters, Claire Elizabeth and Eden Marie of Scott Depot; son, Erik “Jason” Ellis of Logan County, Ohio; sister, Barbara Garten (Rick) of Nitro; an aunt, Shirley Cobb (Jim) of Florida; and a host of family and friends that will forever remember her.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 18, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, West Virginia Memorial Mausoleum, Cross Lanes. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Shellie Clayton “Shelby” Gillispie, 88, of St. Albans, passed away February 10, 2022.
Mr. Gillispie grew up in Hurricane, and retired from the City of St. Albans.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Gillispie and daughter Carol Chandler.
He is survived by his children, Lucy (Harold) Hazelwood, Joann (Jeff) Racer, Ernie “Bobby” Gillispie and Shellie Gillispie; son-in-law Greg Chandler; sister Margaret and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Shellie Gillispie was held Monday, February 14, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Stephen Neese officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hurricane.

Hazel Ruth Herdman, 85, of Buffalo, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness. She had a wonderful childhood living in the beautiful mountains of Lewisburg with her loving family. She was a graduate of Lewisburg High School and was a member of the New Hope Tabernacle Church in Robertsburg. Hazel was dearly loved by her family and friends.
She was the daughter of the late David Sampson and Lorene Hedrick Sampson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin G. “Tom” Herdman; son, Jerry W. Herdman; sisters, May, Francis, Charlotte and Kate; brothers, Wilber and Worren.
Survivors include her daughters, Tabatha “Tammy” (Bill) Brown of Parkersburg, Sandra L. (Steve) Martin of Buffalo; son, Vernon L. Herdman of Buffalo and his fiancé, Becky Knight of Hartford; sister, Betty Sampson of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Casey Brown, Kelsie Brown, Herman Beaver III, Chandler Herdman and Cole Herdman; great grandchildren, Leyton Brown, Gavin Brown, Arlo Brown and Karson Bosley. Hazel is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral service was Thursday February 17, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.
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Charles W. “Charlie” Hudson, 88, of Pliny, joined the Choir of Angels on February 4, 2022, after a long illness, with his family by his side.
He attended Dunbar High School, then went on to proudly serve his country in the US Navy having served on the USS Hornet CVA-12. He was a long-time member of Mt. Union Church, Pliny, where he sang in the choir and served in multiple capacities. He loved The Lord and his church family.
After his tour of duty, Charlie went to work for Union Carbide, Institute, as an operator in the powerhouses, a carpenter, an auto mechanic, and a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. He was a member of the W.Va. Antique Engine and Tractor Club. He was very mechanical and could fix just about anything. Living on the “Funny Farm” there was always something to be fixed. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with whomever he met. He was kind, compassionate and always had a smile on his face. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas and Mary Hudson; brothers: Carson, Verl, and Harry; and a sister: Harriet Hudson.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anna Grace; four children: sons: Mark (Judy) of Scott Depot, Todd (Vickie) of Fraziers Bottom and daughters: Lisa Adkins of Gallipolis, OH and Andrea Hudson of Pliny; along with a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews as well as his church family.
There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Janice Montgomery Neal, 83, of Hurricane, passed away on February 13, 2022 at her home.
She was born on February 26, 1938, in London, WV, and was a daughter of the late Jesse and Sybil Montgomery. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, of 43 years, Keith Neal, her sister, June Hatfield and niece, Kelly Hatfield.
Janice was a graduate of East Bank High School and Marshall College, a former member of Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Scott Depot, and Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Hurricane. She was a former coach and physical education teacher at West Virginia Tech and Morris Harvey College. In her 30 years of teaching, she was a pioneer in developing physical education courses for public education while teaching at Scott Teays Elementary school. Many remember her from her year of teaching West Virginia History at Hurricane Middle School. She retired from teaching at Hurricane High School in 1989.
Janice loved gardening, traveling, Christmas, and loving on the next generation. She loved deeply and fiercely and if she ever got after you, count yourself blessed, because it meant she cared.
Surviving are her two sons: Clay Neal (Laura) and Wade Neal (Tonya); Grandchildren: Jordan Neal, Koby Neal, Karli Neal, Emily Hatfield, and Jesse Hatfield; nephews: Brett Hatfield and CJ Clark.
Funeral service for Janice was Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. Terry Richardson officiating.

Donna Lynn Osburn, 62, of Hurricane, died February 6, 2022 after a long illness.
She was a M.A. level Clinical Psychologist. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, C.R. “Bob” Osburn Sr., Kathlyn and Ernie Lancaster; brother, C.R. “Bobby” Osburn Jr. and a sister, Kathy “Kitten” Wise. She is survived by her partner of 20 years, Rhonda Pauley of Hurricane, brother, Stephen (Brandi) of Culloden, and by a step-sister, Pam Fraley of Portsmouth, OH, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
No services are planned.

Heman Clinton Tabor, born December 4, 1944, went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 9, 2022. Hermon lived and proudly raised his boys on Turkey Creek, located in Hurricane. He was currently residing at Genesis Healthcare in Teays Valley.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sherry Elain Tabor, and by his loving parents, Alva and Rosa Tabor.
He leaves behind his family: Aaron and Tarish Tabor of Hamlin, Kirt and Lynn Tabor of Nitro, and Travis Tabor of Hurricane; his granddaughters, Quinlyn “Baby Q” Tabor of Hamlin, and Taylor “Sissy” Barnett of Hurricane, and his grandsons, Richard “Tanner” Tabor of Florida and Thomas Kelly also of Florida.
Graveside funeral services was Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Barbara Carol Wager, 82, of Cross Lanes, passed away on February 8, 2022 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.
She was born on June 30, 1939, to the late Russell Leon and Myrtle Icee Sloan Clendenin in South Charleston.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Marie Allison.
Barbara was a wonderful mother and grandmother who took great pride in raising her children and loving her family. She was a proud member of Teays Valley Baptist Church, Hurricane.
She is survived by her children: Debra K. (Leon) Brotsky of Scott Depot and Steven Lee Wager of Cross Lanes; her grandsons: Matthew, Joshua, Jared and Pastor Zachary Brotsky; granddaughter: Sarah Elizabeth; great-grandchildren: Addalyn, Noah, and Isaac, brother: Dennis (Cindy) Clendenin of Charleston, brother in-law, Ralph (Mary) Allison, ex-husband Edwin Wager and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Barbara was Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Teays Valley Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. John D. Smith officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Wendell Ford Wilcoxen, 72, of Winfield, passed away on February 4, 2022 at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center, Huntington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Wilcoxen and Garnett Davis Wilcoxen Shue, brothers, Clifford and Vernon Wilcoxen.
Wendy was a proud Combat Veteran of the US Army during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Wilcoxen and his grandson, Nolan Wilcoxen, along with many other family members and friends.
Funeral service for Wendy will be 2:00pm Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor Mark Hesson officiating. Burial will follow in Lower Hodges Cemetery, Hurricane.

Martha Ann Wileman, 77, of Hurricane, passed away February 10, 2022, at home.
She is preceded in death by her husband Owen Wileman; son Dennis “Shug” Wileman; sister Betty Paul and brother Robert Sanson.
She is survived by her two children Patricia “Peach” (Mike) Eaves and Gary (Nancy) Wileman; grandchildren April Wileman, Christy Cain, Jennifer Wileman, David Wileman, Leslie Casdorph, Missy Wileman, Sareigha Wileman and Thad Wileman; special grandson Patrick Eaves; special granddaughter-in-law Jewely Wileman and Samantha “Sammi” Wileman; great grandchildren Ayden Wileman, Alexis Eaves Wileman, Brandon Lacy, Danielle Cain, Trenton Casdorph, Anna Casdorph, Lee Hill, River Hill, Reign Hill, Luna Snyder and Chelsie (Austin) Cummings; sister Terri (Lee) Lovejoy; brother Fred (Linda) Sanson and her special boy Cody Ney. She is also survived by a host of other great grandchildren, family and friends.
Reception of family and friends was Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel.

Robert Glenn Young, 67 years old, of Charlotte, NC — formerly of Hurricane, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022.
Born in Hamlin, on May 30, 1954 and he graduated from Hurricane High School class of 1972. Anyone that knew Robert, knows of the overwhelming love he had for life and his friends and family. As stated perfectly by a friend, he made every person smile that crossed his path.
Preceded in death by his father, Sherrile Lee Young, and nephew, Robert Campbell.
He is survived by his mother, Hattie Holliday (Maynard). Four daughters, Meagen Young (Justin), Courtney Young, Nolan Dobson (Drew), and Journey Young.
Three sisters, Carol Mullins (Bill), Donna Holley (Bill), and Treasa Campbell (Neil). Four Grandsons, Bailey, Kaden, Dawson, and Weston. Special nieces and nephews Michael, Melissa, Adam, Dennis, Gina, Cheryl, and Joshua. Along with very close friends Reggie Clark and Nicole Atwell.
Robert will be missed immensely by his family and friends, but his memory will stay bright through all that knew him.
Funeral service was Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home.

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