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Obituaries for Week of March 24

Cynthia Bird Beck, of Winfield, went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 11, 2022, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born in Culloden on August 11, 1971, to the late John and Sandy Bird.
Cindy graduated from Milton High School in 1989. In July of 1993 Cindy married the love of her life, Bruce Beck. Cindy loved her family and absolutely enjoyed every moment she spent with them. She was a faithful Christian and a member of Fraziers Bottom Church of God.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, of almost 29 years, Norman Bruce Beck of Winfield; her sons: Kevin of Scott Depot, WV, Charles, Henry (fiancé Siarah Wade) and Gary all of Winfield, WV; her adopted daughter: Racheal of Barboursville, WV her grandchildren: Gunner and Levi of Barboursville, WV her sister; Rose Fisher (Tima) of Milton, WV her brother; John Eric Bird (Melissa) of Fort Worth, Texas, her niece Ashley Fisher Mercurio (Tyler) of Lebanon, OH, her entire church family at Fraziers Bottom Church of God, as well as numerous other family and friends.
A Memorial/Life Celebration Service was held Saturday, March 19, at Fraziers Bottom Church of God with Pastor Nathan Cain officiating.
Stephanie Louise Bennett, 57, of Hurricane, went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, March 19, 2022, after a long battle with multiple chronic illnesses.
She is preceded in death by her parents John and Deanna Johnson, sister Kim Loveday, and daughter Kinslie Knicely.
Left behind to carry on her memory is her loving husband of nearly 24 years, Alex Bennett, son Trey Mattox (Michelle, Titus & Asher), Grandson Conor Knicely, Aunt Betty Jo Johnson, Brother Jay Johnson (Samantha), Brother-in-Law Tony Loveday. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will host a memorial service in her honor on Saturday April 2, at the Teays Valley Church of God at 6 p.m.

Wanda Lynn (Workman) Collins, 42, of Hurricane, passed away on March 20, 2022 at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Hurricane.
Wanda was the last child born to Curtis Eugene and Carolyn Lee (Taylor) Workman on November 14, 1979.
She was preceded in death by her father, Curt Workman and her sister, Patty Sue Workman.
Wanda loved her family fiercely and enjoyed spending time with them while fishing, four wheeling, or anything else outdoors. If you were a friend to Wanda, you were a friend for life.
Wanda is survived by her loving family: husband of over 20 years, Joey Collins, daughter, Breanna Collins (Matt), and son, “Little” Joey Collins (Corey); and her grandchildren: Colton, Weston and coming very soon, Carson; all of Hurricane; her mother: Carolyn Workman; her brothers: Ricky Workman (Kristi) of South Charleston, Curtis W. Workman of Hurricane, Bobby Workman (Debbie) of Hurricane, and Gary Workman (Tonya) of Hurricane; and her sisters: Tammy Sowards (Paul) of Hurricane and Peggy Armentrout (Jay) of Lincoln County, her father in-law: Joe Collins (Sue) of Hurricane, and mother in-law: Brenda Sanders (Wendell) of Hurricane, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
Funeral service for Wanda was Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Peach Ridge Community Cemetery, Hurricane.

Raymond O. Clark, 36, of Leon, passed away Wednesday March 9, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. “Buddy” Clark and Margaret E. Schultz Clark.
Survivors include his sister, Raquel Ann Beaver of Gallipolis OH; aunt and uncle, Judy and David Raynes; cousin, Betsy Raynes.
Graveside service was Friday March 18, 2022 at Creston Cemetery, Leon, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.

Shirley Fay Parsons Edwards, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at home from kidney disease and diabetes with her family by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow and Eula Wood Parsons. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Burchel Glenwood Edwards.
Shirley was a member of Young’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, where she was the clerk and secretary for many years. She was a homemaker.
She loved history and reading in her later years. She enjoyed listening to audio books from the library due to her failing vision. The family would read her Bible to her every day. She loved Christian radio and listening to (WEMM) Jim Franklin on Saturday nights.
She also loved working in her flowers before her failing health. She loved her dachshunds.
Surviving are her sisters, Wanda (Bernard) Mitchell, Velma (Preston) Sheets, Deloris Parsons, Ruby Parsons; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews all of Hurricane, also many relatives and friends.
Funeral service was Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Larry Cooper and Pastor David Vickers officiating. Burial was in Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Cemetery, Hurricane.

Michael Lee Gillispie, 65, of Hurricane, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Michael was a roofer in the area for many years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Gillispie; daughter, Michelle Gillispie; brothers, Steve Gillispie, Joseph Gillispie and Roger Keith; sister, Leoda McDaniel.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Gillispie of Hurricane; mother, Jessie L. Gillispie of Winfield; children, Jason Gillispie, Michael Gillispie and Casey Gillispie all of Hurricane; brother, Clinton Gillispie (Karin) of Nitro; and many other extended family and friends.
His Celebration of Life will be at a later date.

Jack William Glaspell, 74, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s on March 13, 2022.
Jack was born on March 19th, 1947 in Charleston. He was a 1966 graduate of Charleston High School. Following high school graduation, he obtained a BA in Sociology from Morris Harvey College in 1970, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epilson. Jack loved fashion and worked at Henry’s Men’s Shop while putting himself through college. He later moved to Dunbar with his wife and lived there for 36 years.
Jack was a letter carrier with USPS for 32 years. Following retirement, he worked part-time for Wilson Funeral Home and Kanawha County Board of Education as a custodian. Jack was an avid gardener and enjoyed the spring time the most. He took pride in being a Past Master at the Dunbar Lodge #159 A.F. & A.M, a former member of the Beni Kedem Shrine and an active member of the Charleston Southridge Pacesetter Lions Club. Jack was a very active member with the Dunbar Athletic Boosters for many years. His favorite past time was watching his son and daughter play sports throughout their youth. He was blessed to be able to do the same with his two oldest grandsons who were his pride and joy. Jack was a WVU season ticket holder for many years and loved attending the games with his family to watch the Mountaineers.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Frances Glaspell, his son, John William Glaspell, his brother, Richard “Frog” Glaspell, his niece, Shelly Glaspell Near, his Mother and father-in-law, Archie and Betty Adkins, and his sister-in-law, Susie Adkins Hall.
Jack is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Phyllis, of 51 years, his daughter Stacy (Travis) Bradley, sister, Judy Sexton, brother, “Bo” (Jane) Glaspell, his grandsons: Ty Turner, Blake Bradley, Davian Glaspell, Darian Glaspell and granddaughter Briah Herold, nieces: Kim Spurlock, Janese (Kevin) Haynes, Leigh Ann Sexton, Christina (Phillip) Hatley, Tish Glaspell, and Kasie (Mathew) Grose; nephews; Harry (Amy) Glaspell, and AJ (Summer) Hall and a number of great nieces and nephews as well as many friends who mourn his passing.
A memorial service was held Thursday, March 17th at Chapman Funeral Home in Teays Valley, with Rev. Charles V. Williams officiating.

Carol Jean Grandbouche, 88, of Hurricane, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday March 15, 2022.
Carol was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, on February 23, 1934. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Laura Schartner; her husband John Anthony Grandbouche; son, Robert Grandbouche; and several brothers and sisters.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and devoted and active member of Ascension Catholic Church and also a volunteer at Christ’s Kitchen for many years.
She enjoyed spending time with family, going to her grandkids sporting events, playing bingo, cards, and going to the casino with her besties.
Carol is survived by her children, Bradley Grandbouche (Jane) of Sarasota, FL, Karla Evans (Butch) of Cross Lanes, Mary Kelly (Mike) of Eleanor, Jean Teppo (Scott Treen) of Conneaut, OH, Amy Grandbouche-Cropp of Fredricksburg, VA, Janice Whitt (Mark) of Winfield, Barbara Bossart (Doug) of Gahanna, OH, and Nancy Grandbouche of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; sisters, Mary Junion (Bill), Helen Henschel and Ann Tanck (Al) all of Sturgeon Bay, WI; brothers Bob Schartner and Arnie Schartner both of Sturgeon Bay, WI; grandchildren, Shana, Meghan, Chad, Joshua, Kate, Abigayle, Ryan, Shawn, Joshua, Michael, Jonathan, Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin, Lucas and Jack; 18 great grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends.
A Catholic Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday March 19, 2022 at Ascension Catholic Church, Hurricane, with Rev. William Matheny, Jr. officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Scott Depot.

Juanita Faye Helle, 73, of Hurricane, went to her heavenly home on March 7, 2022.
She was born to the late Wilbur and Melba Norvell of Nitro on May 11, 1948.
Faye was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a member of King’s River Worship Center in St. Albans, WV. She was also a retired bus aid for Kanawha County Schools.
In addition to her parents, Faye was preceded in death by two sisters, Pat and Lisa; and three brothers, Wayne, Jimmy and Mike.
Faye is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Bill Helle; four children, David (Lisa), Aaron (Sonya), Chris (Amy), Billy (Diane); twelve grandchildren, Cody, Jacob, Caleb, Ashley, Heather, Josh, Austin, Michael, Kiersten, Abby, William, and Cameron; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Betty and Ruthann; and many nieces and nephews.
A family tribute to the Life of Faye Helle was held on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Cooke Funeral Home and was officiated by Pastor Philip Dunn of Valley Christian Assembly in Charleston. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Ramona “Snookie” Hobbs, 84, of Hometown, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at her home.
She was a retired nursing assistant from Thomas Memorial Hospital. She attended Hometown Independent Mission Church, West Virginia Home Mission Church, and Dunbar Mountain Mission Church.
Snookie was the daughter of the late Raymond K. Barrett, Sr, and Nina Phalen Barrett.
Left behind to cherish her memory are her sister Joan Spears, two brothers, Raymond K. Barrett, Jr. and Homer Allen “Hap” Pennington, Jr., and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Snookie’s life was held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Mausoleum Chapel of Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

Bessie Roberta “Bertie” Lett, 81, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on March 18, 2022, at home.
Bertie was a member of Heizer Creek Community Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Mr. Shirley Lett and daughters Susan Harper and Rhonda Lett.
She is survived by her daughter Tammy Landers of Poca; son Danny and his wife Melanie Lett of Poca; three grandsons Shawn and his wife Jennifer Landers of Poca, Josh Harper of Red House and Robbie Harper of Poca; three great grandsons; two great granddaughters; one great-great granddaughter and five special grandchildren, the Allen kids.
A joint service to celebrate the lives of Shirley and Bertie Lett was held Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Randy Carter officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

Loren “Chub” Pennington, age 91, of Hurricane, formerly of Charleston, passed away Sunday March 20, 2022 at HospiceCare West surrounded by family.
He was born December 21, 1930 in Charleston, son of the late Luther Martin Pennington and Letha Nevada Schuck Pennington. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Pennington; one daughter, Vallorie Pennington; three sisters, Irma Cicero, Reba Dunlap, and Elsie Nary; five brothers, Ralph, Jesse, Carl “Skip”, Gene, and Dennis Pennington; and grandson, Barry Loren Harper.
Loren was an electrician with Penn Electric. He was a loving husband and father and always there when someone needed help. He loved gardening, fishing, camping, and fixing whatever needed fixed.
Loren is survived by two daughters, Vickie L. Harper of Charleston and Belinda “BJ” Hill of Hurricane; one son, Chuck “Bill” Pennington (Loretta) of St. Albans; four sisters, Lorena Dunlap of Durham, NC, Frankie McCune of Evans, Myrtle Stinnett of Charleston, and Cindy McCutcheon (Bill) of Millwood; seven grandchildren, Terry Lee Harper (Jennifer), Brandi Michelle Emch (Matt), Jacob Loren Pennington, Brooke Ann Pennington, Kevin Ray Cook, Mark Anthony Cook, and James Tate “JT” Hill (Lori); many great grandchildren, and five great great grandchild, and his loving companion of 23 years, Marlene Bryan and her children, Beth Ann Dudley (Dave) of Hurricane and John Powell (Nicole) of Scott Depot and their children.
A service to honor the life of Loren was held Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Snodgrass Funeral Home with Pastor Pete Thompson officiating. Interment was in the Pennington Cemetery, Charleston.

Myrtle Rumbaugh, 98, of Hurricane, died on March 18 at Rolling Meadows Assisted Living, Scott Depot. She was born July 1, 1923 to Karl & Margaret (Kerr) Rumbaugh. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane, and a retiree of Union Carbide.
She was preceeded in death by brothers Lloyd (Thelma), Luther (Bernice), Dudley (Virginia), and Alvin (Phylis), and by twin sister Myrdith (John) Macleery, and sisters Martha (Phil) Smith, and Elizabeth (Ballard) Davis.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews.
A private grave-side service was held at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, in Teays Valley.

David Norris White, 69, of Hurricane, passed away on March 20, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.
He was retired as a branch manager of Peerless Block after 42 years of service. He dearly loved his family and especially his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved to fish and spend time on his boat with family.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Opal White and a brother, Robert Wayne White.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Teresa K. White of Hurricane; children, Terra Maddox (Michael) of Cross Lanes and David White II (Margie) of Milton; sisters, Kathy Adkins (Jamie) of Teays Valley and Lori Norvell (Travis) of Minnesota; brothers, Douglas White of St. Albans and Randy White of Hurricane; grandchildren, Brianna Maddox, Taylor Maddox, Abby White and Raegan Copley; and many other extended family and friends.
Funeral Service for David was Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Ron McClung officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Garnett M. “Babe” Witt, 93, of Poca, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House. She loved music, animals, birds and flowers.
She is survived by her two sons, Roger Witt of Poca and Ronnie Witt and his wife Pam of Poca; nieces, Wanda Boggess of Red House, Donna Bailey of Red House; nephews, Paul Withrow of Grandview Ridge, David Withrow of Grandview Ridge and Danny Boggess; niece, Patty of Anstead.
A private family service was held at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor.

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