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Obituaries for Week of July 14

James Michael Allen, 62, of Eleanor, passed away on July 4, 2022 in Huntington.
James was born to Travis and Arlene Allen in Gassaway on August 24, 1959. He played many roles as son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. At work he went by many titles but everyone knew him as Peewee. He was employed in the chemical plans all over the state of West Virginia where he picked up friends who became family. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved playing music with the guys and cutting up and joking around just to get a laugh out of everyone he could. His extra time was spent sitting at home with his beloved girlfriend and his fur babies. He passed on wisdom to his grandbabies and the lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by father, Travis Sylvester Allen, maternal grandparents, Burke and Levada Mae Waggoner Pierson; paternal grandparents, Wilford Witt and Margaret Ann Monaghan Allen. Along with several aunts and uncles and other family members.
James is survived by his mother, Arlene Pierson Allen; children, Herbert Allen, Cassandra Vance, and Brandy Allen Turley (Matthew); nine grandchildren, Andrew, Isabella, Wyatt, Jordan, Mindy, Elizabeth, Preston, Carolyn, and Cory James; siblings, Charlene Jenkins (Jimmy), Connie Griffith (Cliff), and Marlond Allen (Melissa); uncle, William Pierson; his girlfriend, Debbie Elswick and her three children; his first wife, Wanda Starcher; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was loved by many as a brother.
A memorial service to Honor the Life James Michael Allen will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 23, 2022 at City Park Shelter # 2, St. Albans.

Mary Catherine Call, 71, went home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2022.
Mary was born February 10, 1951 to the late Clifford C. Clark and Alice Clagg Clark. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 32 years Wesley Leo “Lee” Call, sister Charlotte Martin and her brother Carl A. Clark.
Surviving Mary are her son, Teddy L. Call (Lisa) of Chapin SC, and their children, Katherine and James; daughter, Jennifer Call Grueser (Gary) of Independence KY, and her children, Brittany Sawaii (Yukon), Amber Lucas (Eric), Bailey Grueser, Jude Allen, Chris Corbin (and Chris Jr.), and Harliegh Grueser (Cheyenne Henry); sister, Linda Clark of Cape Coral, FL; many nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.
Funeral Service was Thursday, July 14, 2022, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with Pastor Brian Dean officiating.

Michael Handley Doss, 60, of Hurricane, passed away Friday, July 8, 2022.
He was born March 1, 1962, in South Charleston, to Merle and Deloris Doss.
Michael was a truck Driver for Valley Proteins. He loved his family and working in the garden.
He is survived by his mother Deloris Doss of Hurricane; children, Tandi Porter (Chad) of Hurricane and Lewis Doss (Sierra) of Mt. Airy, NC; sisters, Catherine Bowman (Steven) of St. Albans and Jeannette Hendrix (Phil) of Mechanicsburg, OH; brothers, Merle Doss (Joyce) of Santa Rose TX and Kevin Doss of Hurricane; grandchildren, Courtney Porter, Ethan Porter, Carissa Porter, Aaron Porter and Autumn Marcus; and many other extended family and friends.

Reverend Doctor L. Frank Tex Frye, 70, of Winfield, was called Home on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
Born December 13, 1951 in Fort Worth, Texas, he was the son of the late Floyd Baxter Frye and Mae Edmunds Frye. Tex was a 1969 graduate of Barboursville High School, 1979 Marshall University, 1981 Emory University Master of Divinity, and earned his Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Theological Seminary in 1993 from United Seminary School. Beloved by many, Tex worked as a radio personality in Kansas City, Missouri, for one year and then for WGNT in Huntington. He was also one of ten people first trained to work as a CSO/EMT/Paramedic in West Virginia and served in that position in Huntington for five years. It was while working as a paramedic that he felt called to the ministry to help save people not only physically but spiritually.
He served as a minister for the next forty years and retired in 2014 from Madison United Methodist Church in Madison, West Virginia. He was a retired Elder in the United Methodist Church, having served many churches throughout the West Virginia United Methodist Conference during his thirty-eight full time years. He was credentialed to teach classes through United Theological Seminary In-Context Program and traveled throughout the North Eastern United States teaching at this level.
Tex was an avid outdoorsman who loved taking his family and friends hunting or fishing and often referenced these adventures in messages to the congregation. He adored his grandchildren and children and always spoke of the new and exciting things in their lives no matter what it was – whether singing, gymnastics, football or horseback riding – he loved talking about them all. Tex was always easily approached and eager to listen; he never met a stranger and often times strangers would become life-long friends. He truly loved each and every one of his parishioners and always called them “the Apple of God’s eye.” He truly touched so many lives and would want everyone who knew his loving spirit to share that same loving spirit every day.
Tex is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Devona Davis Frye of Winfield; daughter, Leslie McNiel (Richie) of Hurricane; son Eric Frye (Amelia) of South Charleston; and grandchildren Sophie and Rylee McNiel of Hurricane, and Michael and Emma Frye of South Charleston.
Celebration of Life Service was Thursday, July 7, 2022 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Scott Depot, with his son-in-law Chaplain Richie McNiel officiating.

Gertrude Spangler Graham, 85, of Hurricane, formerly of Springhill, went to be with the Lord on July 1, 2022 at Hospice West in So. Charleston.
She was a 1954 graduate of Springhill High and a 1958 graduate of Marshall University with a degree in home economics. Gertrude worked for 6 years as a Cabell County home demonstration agent and Charleston Job Corps as a home economics teacher as well as a Putnam County substitute teacher.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Charles W. Graham.
Gertrude is survived by 2 sons, David of Hurricane and Greg of Charles Town. Also surviving is her sister Phyllis Duvall of Scott Depot and brother James Spangler of Richmond KY; 1 grandson Jacob Charles Graham of Charles Town.
Funeral Service was Friday, July 8, 2022 at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Kenaston officiating. Burial was in Hurricane Town Cemetery.

Kelli Lee Boggess Harrison, 51, of Dunbar, passed away July 6, 2022. Kelli is a graduate of Poca High School.
She is preceded in death by her parents Jack and Betty Lee Pauley Boggess.
She is survived by her two children Krystle (Michael) Hayes of Red House and Casey (Crystal) Hayes of Poca; stepmother Jean Boggess of South Port, NC and 5 grandchildren.
At her request there will be no services.

Alvin Edgar Kelley, 56, of Poca, passed away on July 4, 2022 in Charleston.
He was a son of the late Lawrence and Beatrice Kelley.
Alvin worked in construction.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Jaydon Kelley of St. Albans, Brigitte Kelley of Charleston, Beth Jackson of Charleston and Cayley Jackson of Charleston ; sisters, Melissa Lee (William) of South Carolina, Jennifer Rinehart of Weston; brothers, Ricky Kelley (Laurie) of Myrtle Beach, David Kelley of South Charleston; grandchildren, Ava Frame, Sebastian Frame, Karson Burke, Karter Burke, Alora Dunn and Noah Dunn; nieces, Courtney Adkins, Haylee Rinehart, Kaylee Rinehart; nephews, William Lee, Ausin Kessell, Cameron Lee; and many other extended family and friends.

Margaret Elizabeth Lake, “Greta”, 91, passed peacefully into eternal life from her home in Hurricane, the morning of July 1, 2022.
Born as Margarethe Walz just north of Nuremberg, Germany, on April 9, 1931, she traveled internationally with her husband Walter and their three children before retiring to “Greta’s Antique Barn” in Winfield, from which she made available many mementos and collectibles to residents of the community and visitors from all parts.
She was inspired, creative, and relentless in her commitment to excellence. Loyal to her family, her country, and her church, she leaves many happy memories to her surviving children Julie Lake and Fred Lake of Monte Vista, Colorado, to her grandchildren, and to her many beautiful great grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, July 15 at 9AM at Ascension Catholic Church of Hurricane, 905 Hickory Mill Rd Hurricane, WV 25526.

Sharon Joyce “Shug” Lykins, 70, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Genesis Teays Valley Center.
Born August 12, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Chapman and Goldie Setliff Chapman. Sharon was a 1969 graduate of Winfield High School. She retired from Putnam County Schools where she worked as an aide. “Shug”, as she was lovingly called by her family, friends and neighbors, was preceded in death by her husband, Garry Lykins; daughter, Melissa Dawn Harrah; sister, Edith Bush; and a brother, Terry Chapman.
Sharon was survived by her son, Jeffrey Lykins; granddaughter, Valerie Harrah; sister, Wanda Chapman; brother, Edward “Buddy” Chapman (Gayle); sister in law, Linda Chapman; son-in-law, Russell Harrah; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Shug will truly be missed.
Funeral Service was Monday, July 11, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Don Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fraziers Bottom.

Jack Allen Mooney, 82, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, July 1, 2022, at Hubbard Hospice West in South Charleston.
Jack was a 1958 graduate of Washington District High School and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church. He was a former employee of the US Postal Service and retired from KRT as a bus driver with 11 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Elizabeth Clark Mooney and siblings, Harold Clark, Walter, Carl (Sugg), Howard, Ronald (Buck), and Bessie Huff.
Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years Donna; daughters, Teresa (Bill) McCarty and Melissa (Dave) Sovine; 4 grandchildren, Amie (Chris) Wetmore, Jennifer (Joey) Copley, Michael Ryder II, and Will (Annie Grace) McCarty; 4 great grandchildren, McKinley and Charlotte Wetmore, Emma and Logan Copley; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with Pastors David Moutz and Kyle Huffman officiating. Burial was in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Eddy Ray “Fast Eddy” Peyton, 69, of Hudson, Florida, formerly of Hurricane, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
He was born July 11, 1952, in Hurricane, to the late McKinley Peyton Jr. and Janice Kates.
He retired as a chemical operator at Dupont. He loved to travel, landscape, shop and was very active in his church.
He is survived by his life partner, Jane E. Bowles of Hudson, FL; daughter, Amber N. Peyton of Hurricane and son, Zachary R. Peyton of Bristol VA; and many friends.
Funeral Service was Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Regina Bigley Stubbs, 97, of Scott Depot, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at home surrounded by family.
She was born May 19, 1925, to the late William and Regina Bigley. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Dell Bigley (Dot); sister in law, Grace Bigley.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, Children, Regina Stubbs of Scott Depot, John Stubbs Jr. (Debbie) of Richmond TX and Woody Stubbs (Kelly Ann) of Fairmont; brother, William Bigley of VA; grandchildren, Jessica, Woody, Emily, Carrie, and John III; great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Megan, Rachel, Daniel, Emma and Jack; and many other extended family and friends.
Funeral service wias Friday, July 8, at St. Timothy’s in the Valley Episcopal Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Kim Webster officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Dallas Carol “Dickie” Wallace, 75, of Hurricane, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022. He was a retired mechanic, father, grandfather, the best brother in the world, and a friend to many.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Wallace; mother, Ruth Null, and step-father, Boyd Null; step-brother, Carroll Null; and step-sister, Bonnie Racer.
Survivors include his children, Gary (Christy) Wallace of South Charleston, Richard (Laura) Wallace of Arlington, Texas, and Regina (Gerry) Layman of Waxahachie, Texas; grandchildren, Brandi Smith, Rachel Loken, Christopher (Melisa) Dailey, James Layman, and Natalia Schaffner; sisters, Dotty Hayes, and Sharon Brown; brother, Steve Null; and special caregiver of 7 years, Brenda Lyons.
Funeral service was Monday, July 11, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

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