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Obituaries for Week of August 18

Frederick H. “Fred” Burgess, 72, of Bancroft, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022 at CAMC Teays Valley. He was a 1969 graduate of Poca High School and was a member of Carpenters Local 1207 in Charleston. He loved working with wood and working in his sawmill. Fred was a Christian and loved to read the Bible. His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren that he loved and adored.
He was the son of the late Burl Burgess and Jackie Gibson Burgess.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Burgess; daughter, Beth (Adam) Ford of Red House; son, Jacob (Amanda) Burgess of Rock Branch; step daughter, Natasha (Steven) Looney of Lebanon VA; step sons, Jamie (Brandi) Johnson of Meadowview VA and Robbie (Nikki) Johnson of Lebanon VA; grandchildren, AJ Ford, Anthony Ford, Andrew Burgess, Christopher Johnson, Anna Johnson, Colby Johnson, Brentlee Johnson, Tavi Johnson and Emmi Johnson.
Funeral service was Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor James Legg officiating. Burial was in New Antioch Cemetery, Red House.

Tina D. Faulkner, 55, of St. Albans, passed away at home.
She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and best friend. She was preceded in death by her mother Beverly Gail Johnson Faulkner. She is survived by her father Ernest L. Faulkner, Brothers David Faulkner and Billy Faulkner (Vicky Holstein) nieces and nephews Dylan Martin, Shambra Faulkner, Dakota Faulkner, Olivia Faulkner and Jordan Kennedy and her 4-legged baby girl Ginger.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later time.

Stephen Allen Haynes, Jr., 40, of Hurricane, passed away August 13, 2022, from Injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
Stevie is survived by his father and stepmother, Stephen & Melissa Haynes, mother, Sheila Haynes, he is also survived by his son, Seth Haynes, grandson, Corbin Haynes, sisters, Madison and Macy Haynes, special niece, Fallon Haynes, grandparents Harold and Iva Griffith and the late Alfred and Hilda Haynes.
Funeral service was Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Mallory officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery.

Tracey Jean Higginbotham, 59, of Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Heritage Center in Huntington following a short illness. She was a 1981 graduate of Buffalo High School and a 1986 graduate of WV State University. Tracey spent 34 years in the education field as a teacher. She attended Rock Victory Ministry in Red House.
She was the daughter of the late Howard and Elizabeth “Betty” Young.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ralph Higginbotham; step daughter, Erica (Devonna) Thorne and her son Cam; step son, Jeremy Saunders and family; brothers, Teddy Young of Buffalo, Rex (Janet) Young of Hartford and Donnie (Angie) Young of Buffalo; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Bryan) Warren, Jeremy (Laura) Young and their children Leia and Linda, Lane (Jami) Young and their children Christian and Kinsley, Howard Young, Amanda (Stephen) Reedy and their son, Jacob. Tracey is also survived by her aunts, Gladys Bailey and Joyce Kinsman, several cousins and many friends.
Funeral service was Friday, August 19, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Rex Young officiating. Burial will follow in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Oma Zoe Ingram, 61, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord, August 9, 2022.
Oma was retired from Charleston Gardens and a former employee of Environmental Management, Greenspace, Inc., and K-Mart. She is a 1979 graduate of Poca High School and a 4-H leader in Putnam County and WV 4-H All Star. Oma is a member of Riverside Baptist Church and a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend.
She is preceded in death by her parents Lee Max and Darley Nelson; father-in-law Clyde R. Ingram; sister Anita Vickers and brother Marshall Nelson.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Mr. Rodney Ingram; son Joshua Ingram; sisters Marcia Hedrick and Anna Cochran; brother John Nelson and a host of other family and friends.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Oma Ingram was held Friday, August 12, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Mike Hanna and James Arthur officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar.

Mary Ann Lewis, of Hurricane, passed away on August 9, 2022 at home.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Lewis; parents, Jimmy D. Fuller and Mary Grissett; brothers, Junior and Wayne.
Ann was an amazing mom, grandmother and friend. You could always count on her to be there. She was the most selfless person you could ever meet. She was very outgoing and loved her family more than anything. Ann had the wings to embrace all who needed them long before she passed. An angel on earth is now in heaven.
Ann is survived by her children; Stephen Briscoe (Misty) of Winfield and Carisa Briscoe of Winfield; grandchildren, Cheetara Cobb (Timothy Cobb Il), Holden Briscoe, Nathan Briscoe, Gabe Briscoe (Brittany), Taylor Withrow, Brandi Shamblin and Marissa Shamblin; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Conzey Morton (David) of Panama City, FL; and many other extended family and friends.

Frederick David McCallister, 93, of Southside, passed into the loving arms of the Lord on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He was surrounded by his family. He was the 15th and youngest child of the late Calvin Albert McCallister and the 8th and final child of the late Ida Ellen Dailey McCallister.
Fred was saved at Judson Baptist Church when he was 16 years old. He later married the love of his life, Gloria Lee Harrison in 1950. They had three children together, Regina McCallister Wright, David (Margy) McCallister, & Jennifer McCallister Martin. He worked for many years for Union Carbide at Institute. When he was laid off, which was frequently back in the 50s & 60s, he would take whatever job was available to support his family. He built a simple, brick home on 11 acres in Teays Valley and continued to attend church at Judson Baptist Church on Bills Creek.
Fred began preaching at Siloam Church, off of 16-Mile Creek in Southside in the mid 60’s. After preaching for a couple years, he was ordained into the ministry and licensed to preach by Judson Baptist Church and was called to preach at the Buffalo Baptist Church in Buffalo. Later, he accepted the invitation to come to Harmony/Concord Baptist Church Parrish to preach. After resigning his job at Union Carbide, he became their full-time pastor for 22 years. He retired from the ministry as he was having some health problems, but later began to pastor again at Zion Baptist Church and at his home church of Judson Baptist Church on Bills Creek in Putnam County.
Fred & Harold Maddox were the original men with a plan to build a camp for the area youth to learn about Jesus, through summer camps. Back in the late 50’s when they were the trustees of what later became Teays Valley Church Camp, he and his life-long friend Harold planned out the camp, and how it would be used. It is now known as the Teays Valley YMCA Camp.
While a chaplain at Holzer Medical Center, Fred worked with Art Lund to set up a system for the local Amish Community to have healthcare.
Fred had horses – everyone in the Southside community knew that if they wanted to talk to the pastor, they could meet him at his barn, 6 days a week.
In 1976, the Parrish sent Fred to the Holy Land to walk where the Savior walked. He did that – and he was never the same. He showed slides and had many talks about his trip for several years afterwards.
He wrote his real-life stories for the Hurricane Breeze for several years. He was excited to “be published”. He wrote for many years, mostly just for his own pleasure, but he also was in charge of completing the church history for Harmony Baptist & Judson Baptist Churches. He had so much information about both churches and he did not want it to be lost with him.
Fred & Gloria went with a group to Nicaragua on a mission trip. While Fred built a church, Gloria helped with food. This trip became a touch-stone for missions for Fred. He was a huge supporter of missionary work and encouraged the churches he served to do the same.
He held the first McCallister Family Reunion at his home, as an honor for his eldest brother, Oscar. This family reunion was held annually until 2020. He supplied genealogy information and shared any of his findings about the McCallister family. He was very proud of his heritage.
To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Fred & Gloria went to Ireland & Scotland and stayed at the McCallister Castle in Kentyre, Scotland. While there, Fred spent a lot of time checking out information of his ancestors.
Family was the most important to Fred. In addition to his three children, he had 9 grandchildren (David (Bethany) Wright, Laura Wright & Andrew Wright, Alan (Jess) Forbus, Kelly (Paul) McCallister Blackmore, Megan (Adam) McCallister Steele, Becky McCallister, Michael Martin, and Jordan (Joe) Martin Hall, & 9 great-grandchildren (David & Ella Jo Wright, Chloe Blake, Penelope Blackmore, Madison & Sadie Forbus, Kaylen Martin, Jolee & Hyatt Hall.) Also, a part of his family was one sister-in-law, Sandy MacCallum of Charleston, and many nephews and nieces.
Service was Sunday, August 14, at Harmony Baptist Church in Southside, with Reverend Ron Stoner officiating. Burial was in Judson Baptist Church Cemetery in Putnam County.

Bertis Owen Null, Sr., 87, of Hometown, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. He is preceded in death by his mom and dad, Price and Edis Null; his brother, Dorsel (Anna) Null; and his sister, Ozalia (Wayne) Haynes.
Bertis graduated from Buffalo High School in 1954. He retired from Union Carbide after 35 years of service and was an Air Force Veteran. He was an active member of Wilkinson Memorial United Methodist Church in Hometown. He loved the Lord and his family above all things, and his favorite hobby was tending to his garden. He will be missed by all of those that knew and loved him, but God’s Word promises that we will see him again!
He is survived by his wife of 64 and a half years, Adonna Faye Null; his sons, B.J. Null of Hometown, and Brent (Sarah) Null of Hometown; grandchildren, Erika (Travis) Bailey of Poca, Matthew Null of Superior, Colorado, Whitney (Gabe) Conley of Poca, Joshua (Teylor) Null of Charleston, and Sarah (Tim) Lorek of Westminster, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Isaac Bailey, Sophia Bailey,Tori Bailey, Ava Bailey, Layla Conley, Lucy Conley, Lennon Conley, and Oliver Null.
Funeral service was Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Wayne Hooper officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Roberta Gay Thornton, 73, of Liberty, passed away on August 11, 2022.
She was preceded in death by two sons: Rickie Wayne and Patrick Gale. Roberta is survived by her husband of 53 years, Leonard; sons, Brian Keith Thornton and Johnathan Leonard Thornton; two sisters; Eva Jane Cochran and Janet Douglas, and one brother Gilbert Rhodes and six grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Samantha, Steven, Michael and Tiara.
A tribute to the life of Roberta was held Monday, August 15, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Woody Willard officiating. Burial was in Center Point Cemetery.

Peggy Lou Wade, 83, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home following a long illness. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially all of her grandchildren. She lived with “family first” in mind always, and will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
Born November 30, 1938 in Nitro, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Elsie Mae Shamblin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Peggy Lou Anderson; a sister, Betty Carol Martin; and a brother, Ronald Ray Shamblin.
She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Lou Cobb of Buffalo, and Tammy (Danny) Harper of Poca; granddaughter, Ashley Dawn (Cliff) Fronda of Winfield; great-grandchildren, Javier Cobb, Hunner Anderson, Rain Fronda, and Isaiah Fronda; step-grandson, Josh Harper; step-granddaughter, Emerie Harper; and step-great-grandchildren, Dixee Fronda and Savyor Fronda; brothers, Max (Bonnie) Shamblin, and Harold Shamblin, both of Cross Lanes; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Olive Lee “Ollie” Withrow, 85, of Buffalo, formerly of Poca, passed away August 14, 2022.
Ollie was a homemaker. She was a hard worker and loved her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband James Edward Withrow, Sr.; parents Elmer and Martha Cochran; brothers Junior, Robert, Wilbur and Wayne Cochran and sisters Marilyn Dickerson and Geraldine Simpson.
She is survived by her children Laura J. Mash of Buffalo and James Edward Withrow, Jr. of TX; 3 grandchildren Kista, Charles “Bub” and Searra and 10 great grandchildren Kayley, Sylvana, Dane, Bryce, Jayce, Jaelyn, Destiny, Emilee, Kenzie and Noah.
A tribute to the life of Ollie was held Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

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