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Obituaries for Week of March 3

Angela D. Beller, 51, of Liberty, passed away February 27, 2022 from complications after a recent surgery. She was hard working, fun loving and loved working with wood and outdoor life. Sitting by a fire and watching deer and other wildlife was a perfect evening for her. She was an absolute animal lover. Her first child being a basset hound, Daisy who lived a long, love filled life enjoying all the neices and nephews attention.
She was a lifelong member of Wade Chapel UMC in Confidence. She attended Marshall University after graduating from Poca High School in 1989. She was considered royalty around the county as she was selected Putnam County Fair Queen in her younger years.
She worked for the Department of Defense from 1992-2014. A job she deeply loved. Working with the Family Readiness Group allowed her to answer her true calling, working with active duty soldiers and their families. Moving and traveling the world, she had been stationed at many Army posts including Schweinfurt, Germany, Fort Knox, KY, Fort Hood, TX and Fort Benning, GA.
Angie leaves behind her loving parents, James and Carolyn Fisher of Paradise; her companion, Christopher Beller; sister, Mary (Tim) King of Paradise and brother, James (Jamie) Fisher of Paradise; nephews, Mitchell (Cate) King, Tyler (Brooke) Fisher and Levi Fisher; neices, Megan King and Chloe Fisher; great nephews, Dalton King and Trevor Hively; and very special friends whom she loved dearly, Beth Benson and Kayla Gomez; a host of loving aunts and cousins; and, of course, her best of friends, basset hound, Gracie.
Angie will be deeply missed by a host of military men and women whom she helped over the years as well as her friends and family.
Funeral service was Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Wayne Hooper and Pastor Mike Miller officiating. Burial was in Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty.

Betty Lou Bowers, 83, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022. She worked for several years as a cook in the Putnam County school system. Betty was a life-long member of the Cross Creek Community Church, and served as administrator of Whittigton Cemetery. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a loving daughter, caring for her parents in their later years. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Born May 1, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Elbin C. Whittington and Ramie Mae Parsons Whittington. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond Whittington, and Vernon Whittington.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Paul Bowers; son, Dale (Virginia) Craig of Abingdon, Virginia; daughter, Becky Craig (Chris) Meadows of Dandridge, Tennessee; step-son, Bill Bowers of Grimms Landing; grandchildren, Ashley (Luke) Braswell, Elizabeth (Justin) Ward, Diana Craig, Cameron Craig, Annie Mae Craig, Zach Meadows, Dane Meadows, Torie (Justin) Tillis, and Tessa Mae Meadows; 6 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara Whittington; as well as several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral service was Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel with Pastor Joe Scarberry officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Phyllis Jean Cart, 91, of Poca, died February 27, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House.
Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes. Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Glenna Mae Curry, of Scott Depot, passed away on February 20, 2022 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Hurricane.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and sisters, as well as many other family members.
Glenna was retired from WV State College.
Glenna is survived by her children: Kim Miles, of Hurricane, Stacey Duty of Scott Depot and Sean Willis of Tornado; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, February 25, 2022 at Valley Park Conference Center, Hurricane.

Robert Clayton “Bob” Elswick, Sr., 79, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on February 24, 2022.
He is retired from Monsanto with over 40 years of service and a graduate of Hurricane High School. Bob was a true man of God and loved by all.
He is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Elswick; three children June and her husband Jim Heckel, Robert Elswick, Jr. and Aaron Elswick and his girlfriend Jessica Turley; brother Dallas Elswick; sister Erma Squires; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Private services were held, and burial was in Teays Hill Cemetery, St. Albans.

Sandra Kay Cook Hazelett, 71, of Hurricane, formerly of Poca, went Home to be with the Lord on February 23, 2022.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, George “Jack” and Marjorie Cook; and loved one, James Hazelett.
Kay became the broker of her real estate company, Assist 2 Sell, after establishing it in West Virginia in 2003. She worked in sales most her life and was one of the top selling managers with Home Interior in the area, winning numerous awards, and always taking pride in what she did. Kay was loved by many, keeping close friendships over the years. She enjoyed being outside tending to her flowers and feeding the birds.
Most of all, Kay cherished her time with family, celebrating many gatherings within her home.
She is survived by her son: Patrick Alan Hazelett and wife Amy; sisters: Donna Moore and husband Tom, Jackie O’Brien and husband Dave, all of Hurricane; brother: Mark Cook and wife Penny of Nitro; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A tribute to her life was held Monday, February 28, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. Harry Adkins officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Robert Martin Hensley, 88, of Hurricane, rejoined his beloved wife and entered the gates of Heaven on February 17, 2022, at the home of his son, Sam (Carol) Hensley, in New Jersey.
He was born on June 8, 1933, to Trinnel and Ella Muncey Hensley in Williamson, West Virginia. He was a devoted Christian, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Bob was a retired conductor and yard master at CSX Railroad and a veteran of the United States Army serving in Germany. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and also attended Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church.
Bob is survived by his sons, Daniel (Donna) Hensley and Samuel (Carol) Hensley; grandchildren, Raven (Craig) Hopson, Michele (Jeremy) Painter, Sarah (Greg) Lange, Andrew Hensley and Matthew Hensley; great-grandchildren, Anna and Leah Hopson and Lydia and Chloe Painter; and sister, Joyce Ward. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elba, Ted, John Lee, Rudolph, and Sidney Hensley; and sister, Edith Williams.
A service to celebrate Bob’s life was held Saturday, February 26, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens, Cross Lanes.

William Carroll Lovejoy, 67, of Liberty, passed away quietly at his home on February 24, 2022.
He is survived by his daughter Paula Kay Lovejoy of Arizona and his older brother Gary Lovejoy of Liberty. He will be missed terribly by both.
His ashes were scattered at Center Point Cemetery.

After a short illness Franklin Lee McCormick (Frank) went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2022. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington. Frank was born in Charleston, on March 6, 1941 and was a long time resident of Putnam County. Frank retired from the WV Department of Highways and True Temper. He enjoyed playing sports and sharing stories with his beloved grandchildren.
Predeceased by his Father, James McCormick Sr., Mother, Pearl McCormick , Son, William (Billy) McCormick, Brother, James McCormick Jr. and Nephew, James McCormick III.
He is survived by his loving wife Frances McCormick. His children,Cynthia McClure, Sue Setliff (Brad), Lisa Jarvis (Jeff), and David Dionne (Brandy). His sister Wanda Carney, and his nieces and nephews, John Carney (Tasha) , Joey Carney (Kathy), Kaitlyn, Josh, and Hannah Carney. His grandchildren Erika Godfrey (John) Eva Myrick (Corey), Denver McClure (Amanda), William McClure (Sherri), Patrick Setliff, James Setliff (Elizabeth), Felicia Jarvis, Steven Jarvis (Savannah), Alliyah Dionne, and Hailey Saxton. and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was Wednesday, March 2, at Allen Funeral Home. Graveside service was at Valley View Cemetery in Hurricane, officiated by Pastor Bryan Mathews.

Michael “Mike” McNeal, 69, of Hurricane, went home to the Lord on February 21, 2022, after a sudden Illness.
Mike was a U.S. Marine Veteran and was retired from Lowes in Teays Valley.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Connie and son Chris and Diana McNeal and daughter Angel Roberts and Kenny, all of Hurricane. 3 grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, and Mitchel, and 2 great grandchildren, Boice and Shelby.
Funeral service was Friday, February 25, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

Tyrone “Tank” Iron McNeely, 42, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on February 16, 2022 at Thomas Memorial Hospital.
He was born on June 1, 1979 in Philadelphia, PA. He was preceded in death by his father, Nicholas McNeely and maternal grandparents, Stanley and Ethel Edwards.
Tyrone had a way with words and a quick and infectious grin that will never be forgotten. He had a personal relationship with God and is walking with Him now.
He is survived by his parents: Russell and Antoinette Brown; his children: Gabrielle Johnson, Cheyenne Johnson, Mecca McNeely, Malik McNeely, Nylah McNeely, Daevon Workman, Elijah Workman; grandson: Kingston Adkins; sisters: Marquey McNeely, Lisa Kirkpatrick; his brother: Michael Brown, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and his cousin and best friend: Steve “Stink” Edwards.
Funeral service for Tyrone was Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Dillard officiating.

Joe J. Perrock, Sr., 86, of Hurricane, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 17, 2022, following a long illness. Joe was born in St. Albans on May 23, 1935, to Albert Perrock and Lola Mae Spencer Perrock.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Lola Ann Perrock, and their sons Joe J. Perrock, Jr.(Amy) and Brian K. Perrock, 4 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lillian Cobb (Joe), brother-in-law, Lewis A.Wood (Priscilla), and brother-in-law, Paul Stowers. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister; many friends and relatives; and his three dogs, Sno, Little One and Sassy.
Joe enjoyed gospel music, especially the McKamey’s and listening to gospel messages. He enjoyed NASCAR, NFL football, hunting, golf and Jeopardy. He was a weighmaster for Union Carbide Corporation – DOW, South Charleston, retiring with 26 years of service.
A private family service is planned.

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Tabatha Sue Rayburn Pressman, 37, of Buffalo, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2022, following a short illness. She was a loving daughter, mother and friend. She would always light up a room with her presence and was well known for her great sense of humor. She could always find joy and laughter in the smallest things.
She was preceded in death by her sister Adreanna Rayburn; paternal grandmother, Hazel Rayburn; maternal grandfather, Paul Montion.
She is survived by her father, Cliff Rayburn of Buffalo; mother, Connie Rayburn of Swanton OH; daughter, Clover Gibson; son, Stone Pressman; brothers, Bryce Rayburn of OH and Brody Rayburn of SC; paternal grandfather, Donald Rayburn of Eleanor; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Miller of Swanton OH.
Memorial service was held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Red House Bible Church, Red House, with Bryce Rayburn officiating.

Judith Bowen Richardson, teacher to hundreds of elementary students and a friend to all, died February 12, 2022.
She was born June 18, 1947 in Charleston and grew up in Albans. Judy graduated with the Saint Albans High School Class of 1965. Judy’s teaching career spanned over 30 years. At the time of her retirement, she was teaching 3rd grade at Confidence Elementary School in Red House. After retiring from teaching from teaching in 2013, Judy moved to Clinton, NC. The congregation at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church welcomed her with open arms. She was a member of the Adult Sunday School Class. While living in Clinton, Judy was also active in the local line dancing class. The class often performed at local events and participated in several events at Myrtle Beach. Judy loved dancing to beach music, especially The Band of Oz.
In 2018, Judy moved to Knoxville.TN to be closer her sister, niece, and nephew’s family. Judy quickly made some dear friendships with her neighbors.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Wanda O’Neal Bowen, her half-sister, Charlotte Ann Floyd, and her infant son, Jeffery Todd Richardson.
Judy is survived by two sons, Samuel Alexander (Jake) Richardson and wife. Jennifer Popek of Green Bay, WI and Donald Robert Richardson (Vanessa) and grandchildren, Zoey and Joshua, of Port St. Lucie, FL. Also surviving are her sisters, Jane Lowen, Jean Hardman Swanson (Ivan), Mary Ann Stephenson, niece, Melissa (Chris) Mitchell and their children Dylan and Katie, and nephew, Lenny (Nicole) Stephenson.
A memorial service for Judy will be held June 18, 2022 in St. Albans.

Sylvia Elaine Smith lost a three-year battle with cancer on February 24, 2022. She died peacefully in Hospice care.
Mom was born in Charleston to William Lewis Jarrett and Virginia Margaret Brown Jarrett. Sylvia was the youngest of six children and adopted by William Jarrett’s sister Violet G. Jarrett Arthur and her husband George Wesley Arthur. Sylvia was preceded in death by both sets of her parents, and all of her biological brothers (William, Roger, Thomas, and David Jarrett) and her sister (Nancy Jean Jarrett LaBasco), and her son Earl Bernard Smith Jr. (BJ). She is survived by her daughter Catherine Elaine Smith Haupt, and her Grandson Michael Bernard Haupt Jr., her ex-husband Earl Bernard Smith (Bernie) who helped take care of her over the past three years, and by many of his family members. Her two cousins Liz Ransom and Connie Young of Hurricane who she greatly admired. She is also survived by her two nieces and a nephew in CA that we found on Ancestry, but unfortunately have not been able to meet in person. Nancy’s daughter Sandra Harshman, Roger’s daughter Debbie Jarrett, and Tom’s son Tom Jarrett Jr.
Mom loved animals, especially her pets.
Mom’s life was full of drama, some she that she created, and some that wasn’t her fault. She was a blessing to most people, but had her “red-headed” temper too. Mom kept her red hair till the end, although it was streaked with silver. Her hair was a large part of her identity and losing it to chemo temporarily was especially hard on her.
Mom was associated with the following groups during her lifetime: The Stonewall Jackson Band in High School, Rainbow Girls as a girl and later as a mentor, The First Baptist Church of Hurricane, The Hurricane Women’s Club, The Foreign Exchange Students Program, The American Kennel Association, Huntington Junior College, and the local Women’s Insurance Group. Mom was also a Wedding Officiant and performed over two hundred weddings in the Charleston area.
Mom asked to be cremated and her ashes to be spread where her pets are buried. A celebration of life ceremony will be held in October.

Barbara Lee Lovinski Weiskircher “Bunny”, 88, of Scott Depot, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday February 20, 2022.
Barbara was born in Wheeling, November 14, 1933. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Lovinski, and her brothers, John and Frank Lovinski.
She was previously a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in St. Albans where she was the school secretary, a member of the Legion of Mary and played the organ for services and weddings. She volunteered at. St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington as a Patient Advocate for 10 years. She was President of the Tau Gamma Sorority after being in school at St. Joseph’s Academy in Wheeling where she graduated Class of 1951. After school, she was Secretary at Diocese of St. Joseph’s Chancery office for 5 years under Bishop Swint in Wheeling.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 66 years, Thomas F. Weiskircher, her brother, Charles Lovinski (Trudi) and she is also survived by 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Her children: Carolyn Fenimore (Patrick), Anne O’Leary, Joseph Weiskircher (Joyce), Wendy Hager (Paul), Michael Weiskircher (Annette), Teresa Smith (Gary), Laura Allen (Scott), Christopher Weiskircher (Kathryn); grandchildren: Katie Staats (Tad), Matthew Fenimore, Morgan Griffin (Storm), Garrett O’Leary, Jessica Weiskircher (Kevin Kidd), Andrea Weiskircher (Zach Scheurell), Austin Hager, Nathaniel Weiskircher, Jeremiah (Liana), Christin Preston (Chris), Emily Smith, Jonah Smith, Brent Ryan, Kurt Ryan (Emily Sequin), Blake Allen, Thomas Weiskircher and Patrick Weiskircher; great grandchildren: Emma Staats, Rylee Fenimore, Stella Griffin, Scarlett Griffin, Zoey Kidd, and Gideon Weiskircher.
Catholic Mass of Christian burial was conducted on Friday February 25, 2022 at The Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane, with Father William Matheny, Jr. presiding. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Scott Depot.

Jay Wilkinson
Jay Wilkinson, (Jackie Lee Wilkinson II), 50, of Hurricane, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on February 20, 2022.
He was born on December 27, 1971 in Charleston, the son of the late Jack Wilkinson and Lulu Lockard Wilkinson.
Jay graduated from Hurricane High School in 1990. He was employed by RCL Burco for 25+ years.
His family and friends will lovingly remember Jay as a fine man for his big heart and his involvement in his community. He never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He was a good listener. He was an avid sports fan with a special love for football. But his strongest love and greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, going to concerts and listening to music, hunting molly moochers, and playing Pokémon GO. He loved coaching, not only his own kids, but also the many kids he met throughout the years. While we mourn that he is no longer with us, we take comfort in knowing that he lived a beautiful life, made a difference in the life of so many others, and that he is reunited with his father, Jack. We know that Jay will continue to watch over his children and he will remain in our hearts forever.
In addition to his father, Jay was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer and Hallie Lockard and Joe and Bonnie Wilkinson.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his sons, Chandler (Macey) and Jayden (Presley) Wilkinson, and his daughter, Jacey Wilkinson, all of Hurricane; one grandchild, Jackson and one on the way, Helena; sisters, Lisa Wilkinson Fitzwater; and Jackie Wilkinson Jacobs and her husband, Richard, also of Hurricane; special nieces, Alyssa Coleman, Morgan and Lindsey Jacobs, and Evelyn Grant; nephews, Michael and Brayden Adamsand Nathanial Grant; many cousins and extended families.
Service was Saturday, February 26, at the Valley Park Community Center in Hurricane with Rev. Jerry Losh officiating.

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