Betty Lou Spradling Grant, 92, of Sissonville, died April 18, 2022 at home surrounded by her family.
Born on Flag Day, June 14, 1929 in Charleston, she was a daughter to the late Walter and Blanche Spradling. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Camden Grant, and her brothers, Royce Spradling and Robert Spradling.
Betty was retired from H&R Block with 30 years of service. She was a member of Emma Chapel United Methodist Church, where she served as Choir Director for over 65 years, as well as serving on numerous committees at the church. Her love of gospel music spanned a lifetime, singing with her husband in the TruTone Quartet and later, she, along with her husband and children, sang as the Grant family. Betty was an avid reader, loved to travel with her family and made beautiful hand embroidered quilts. Betty loved the Lord and served him with gladness.
Surviving are her daughters and son-in-law, Deborah and Robert Gibson of Scott Depot, and Patricia Rider of Liberty; son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Dr. Edward and Brenda Grant of Southside; her grandchildren and their spouses: Robin Gibson Fraker (Greg), Drs. Brian Gibson (Chelsea), Jeremy Grant (Danielle), Dr. Emily Rider Lucento (Nick) and great-grandchildren: Owen and Emery Fraker, Ella and Bryson Grant; brother, Jack Spradling (Sue), sister: JoAnn Jones (Carroll); sister-in-law: Norita Spradling; nieces and nephews, her church family and friends.
Funeral service was Friday, April 22, 2022 at Emma Chapel United Methodist Church, Liberty, with the Revs. Wayne Hooper, John Mason and Mike Miller officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Thomas Edward Payne, 74, of Hamptonville, NC, formerly of Midway, passed away Monday, April 18, 2022.
He was the son of the late Ronald Payne and Minnie Flint Payne. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Lee Payne.
Survivors include his sisters, Linda Payne and Wanda Winship both of South Charleston; nephew, Matthew Winship.
A graveside service was held Friday April 22, 2022 at Payne Family Cemetery, Winfield, with Pastor Chris Stevens officiating.
JANET ROSALIE PURDY
Janet Rosalie (Melton) Purdy, age 90, born February 28,1932, passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father on April 23, 2022.
Rosalie graduated from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) at age 18 with a degree in education and taught for many years at Poca Elementary. By the time she retired she had begun to teach the grandchildren of some of her former students.
Rosalie’s house was always full of family, children food and laughter. She loved to make people feel welcome in her home. Her unselfish caring for others carried through to all who knew her. Morris and Rose were happily married for 64 years. Her happiest times were spent with her family.
Rosalie was proceeded in death by her Parents, John and Audra Melton, her brother Jim Melton, sisters Peggy Melton and infant Patty Lynn Melton, brother-in-law James Scott.
She married her childhood sweetheart Morris Elton Purdy on August 3, 1957. They have three children, daughters Janet Rene Larck (Gil), son Jeffrey Purdy (Sharon) and infant daughter Beverly Doris who died at birth. They have two grandchildren who were the light of their lives, granddaughter Emily Frist (Ian), and grandson Mitchell Purdy. She is also survived by sisters Drema Scott, Betty Melton, Sharon Mullins (Jim) and sister-in-law Wanda Melton.
The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Friday April 29, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home. Private burial will be in the Melton Family Cemetery, Poca.
MARY L. SCOTT
Mary L. Scott, 71, of Eleanor, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2022 at CAMC General Hospital following a short illness. She was a 1970 graduate of Poca High School and was a member of the Bancroft Church of God Mission. Mary enjoyed working many elections as a poll worker.
She was the daughter of the late Denver Rollins and Beulah Bowling Rollins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Hurl “Don” Scott; sister, Ramona Dent; aunts, Kathryn Rollins and Betty Scott; her faithful dog and best friend, “Snoopy.”
Survivors include her brothers, Rick (Joyce) Rollins of Beckley and Mike (Jody) Rollins of Hurricane; nephews and nieces, Phillip Dent. Mark Adkins, Carrie Bell, Ricky Rollins II, Joey Rollins, Stacey Myers and Josh Rollins; longtime friend, Charles Smith.
Funeral service was Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor James Legg officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.
JOHN FRANKLIN SIGMAN
John Franklin Sigman, 75, of South Charleston, passed away April 20, 2022.
John is a retired electrician from Union Carbide and South Charleston Stamping Plant. He is a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and a member and deacon at Raymond City Community Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Alma Sigman; brothers Mark and Larry Sigman and sister Phyllis Phalen.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mrs. Brenda Joyce Sigman; children John Carl “J.C.” Sigman and his wife Nicole and Jessica Sigman Ueda and her husband Kenji; siblings Jo Tabor, Carolyn Shaffer, Barbara Workman, Debbie Humphrey and Floyd Sigman, Jr. and three grandchildren Aubri Sigman, Jace Sigman and Zen John Ueda.
A tribute to the life of John Sigman was held Friday, April 22, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Rick Legg and Rick Withrow officiating.
CHERYL “COOKIE” VAN PELT
Cheryl “Cookie” Stocks Van Pelt of Hurricane, passed away peaceably April 24, 2022 after a long illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents and step-father, her brother, Bobby Stocks and her precious daughter, Alissa Van Pelt.
Cookie is survived by her husband, Scott Van Pelt, daughter, Shana, sons, Troy and Chad and five beautiful grandchildren.
Others left to cherish her memory are her sister, Ginger (Richard) Swanger, brother, Ernie Hampton Jr., many nieces and nephews and a special friend, Rodney Cecil.
Cookie was raised in State College, PA and moved to Hurricane many years ago. She was an accomplished artist and blessed many with her charming gifts. She was a remarkable baker and cook, but her favorite gift of all was being a grandmother.
No matter how she felt, she always had a smile for everyone. Even during her long illness, she was always concerned about others, prayed every day for those she loved and for the lost. She was a true prayer warrior.
A Celebration of Cookie’s Life will be at Bethel Baptist Church, Hurricane at a later date.
Evelyn Lucille (Parsons) Warner, of Hurricane, passed away on April 22, 2022 at home with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Londus and Iva Parsons, her husband, Lee A. Warner, grandson, Matthew Warner, sister, Thelma Smith and brother, Lee Parsons.
Evelyn was a member of Forest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, Hurricane, Red Hat Society, The United Methodist Women, and a member of OES #116, Hurricane WV. She was an avid quilter, loved baseball, was very active in her church and loved vacationing with her family.
She is survived by her loving family, children: Charles Warner of Hurricane, James Warner (Mary Ann) of Milton, and Jan Ramey (Robert) of Hurricane; grandchildren: Samuel Warner, Curtis Warner, Kim Davidson, Jamie Warner, Eryn Legg, Reese Ramey and Rylee Ramey, 10 great grandchildren and a great great grandson, and a sister, Ruth Bishop of Hurricane, as well as many cousins and extended family members.
Funeral service for Evelyn was Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Forest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. Joe Kenaston officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, Saint Albans