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Obituaries for Week of September 8

Christina Mae Bays, aged 93, of Hamlin, left this earth and joined her Heavenly Father on August 30, 2022.
Christina was born in Fairborn, OH to the late Ralph and Gladys Lovejoy on December 28, 1928.
Christina married Junior Bays on January 25, 1945. She helped her husband farm and raised their children. Christina was blessed with a large and loving family— daughters Linda Bailey and Connie (Roger Garland) Chaney; sons Mike (Debbie) Landers and Bob (Bethany) Bays; ten grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and sixteen great-great-grandchildren. She was a devoted homemaker and follower of Christ. She was a member of Central Big Creek Baptist Church for over fifty years. Christina lived a full life and enjoyed crafting, sewing, and time with her grandkids.
Service was Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane. Burial was in Lawson Cemetery in Hamlin.

Okey Lee Edens, 89, of Culloden, passed away on September 3, 2022.
He was born on August 11, 1933 to the late John and Josie Edens. He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Deeann Cunningham; sister, Jane Robertson; and brothers, Sam Edens, Guy Edens, John L. Edens and Jimmy Edens.
Okey was a terminal manager for several local trucking companies, loved his family, loved nature and the outdoors, and feeding deer on his property. He was a jack of all trades.
Okey is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon Edens of Culloden; children, Gary Edens (Frances) of Buffalo and Sheila Maynard (Jeff) of Piperton, TN; step children, Lisa Burke (Johnny Lovejoy) of Winfield, Shannon Riddle of Beckley and Bill Riddle of Hurricane; 12 grandchildren; 8 Great grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends.
Graveside service was Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane, with Pastor David Bess officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Ladonna Jean Higginbotham, 55, of Red House, passed away Friday, September 2, 2022 at Cabell-Huntington Hospital. She was a member of Cross Creek Church, and enjoyed reading and listening to music. She was a loving wife and mother who loved and cared for her family. She will be sadly missed by all who’s lives she touched.
Born August 30, 1967, she was the daughter of Deloris Mae Mallett, and the late William Lee Mallett.
In addition to her mother, Ladonna is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Kermit E. Higginbotham; son, Jacob Higginbotham; daughter, Madison Higginbotham; sister, Lesia (Larry) Whittington.
In accordance with her wishes, no services for the public are planned. A private family service will be held in Shiloah Church Cemetery, Red House at a later date.

Dorothy May Harris Holmes, 89, of Red House, passed away on August 29, 2022.
She was born January 30, 1933, the daughter of the late Curtis Leon and Bessie Oliver Harris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Peggy Backus Stuart, 2 sons Terry and Larry Backus, 2 brothers Donald and Richard Harris, 2 sisters Sharon Mercer and Mary Beard.
For many years, she helped to run their family owned business, Holmes Logging and Excavating in Red House. She was so proud when she earned her GED at the age of 62 and then went onto to earn her Certified Nurse’s Aide License. She worked for Putnam Aging for several years and then worked as an aide at Poca High School until her health declined.
She enjoyed and was talented in crocheting, sewing, gardening and watching the hummingbirds.
Surviving is her husband, together for 57 years, James E. Holmes of Red House; children, James “Brian” Holmes (Kim), of Red House, WV, Nancy Holmes Hill (Tim), of Davisville, WV, William Backus, of Parkersburg, WV, Gary Backus (Connie), of Parkersburg, WV and Pam Backus Lott, of Parkersburg, WV; brothers, Curtis “Leon” Harris and Kenneth Harris; sister, Anna Hendershot; grandchildren: Whitney Holmes Meddings, Daniel Holmes, Christine Holmes, Brandon Backus, Eva Starkey, Jessica Morris, Erick Stuart, Olivia Hambrick, Sarah Stephens, Bria Backus, Sandra Duley, Teresa Backus, Bobby Backus, Santana Gibbons, Nicole Backus, Harry Lott, Megan Lott; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral Service was Friday, September 2, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor James Dennis. Burial was in New Antioch Church Cemetery, Red House.

Hattie R. (Nestor) Mays, 94, of Winfield, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at home following a short illness. She was a wonderful and gracious mother of five children, and a member of Buffalo United Methodist Church for 62 years.
Born March 5, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Izah Earl Nestor and Rosa Norman Nestor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Albert Victor Mays, Sr.; son, Phillip Grant Mays; sisters, Macel Rogers, Evelyn Bennett, Colene Frashuer, Dessie Melton, Ethel Haught, Vyolet Dils; brother, Earl Junior Nestor; daughter-in-law, Kim Mays; son-in-law, Robert Bailey; niece, Linda Brown; and nephew, Jerry Bennett.
Survivors include her daughter, Belva Bailey of Winfield; her sons, Albert Victor Jr. (Coni Sue) Mays, Jr. of Scott Depot, Michael Mays of Beckley, and James Mays of Buffalo; grandchildren, Jeff (Leshia) Hescht, Jennifer (Michael) Kidd, Albert Victor Mays, III (Melissa Della Penna), Asha (Travis) Bellah, Adrienne Mays (Kevin Kingston), Amanda Wooten (Eric Romero), Taylor (Kyleigh) McAllister, Holly (B.J.) Deweese, Tara Mays (Jason) Ranson, and Scarlett Milroy; great-grandchildren, Lucreshia (Michael) Phillips, J.C. Hescht, Kelsi Kidd, Emma Kidd, Annalese Bellah, Izzy Bellah, Henry “Hank” Mays, Jasper McAllister, Lyla McAllister, Maxwell Kingston, Hattie Kingston, Harper Deweese, Landon Ranson, Owen Ranson, and Addison Lewis; great-great-grandchildren, Sawyer Phillips, Holden Phillips, and Delana Phillips. Hattie is also survived by several nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Funeral service was Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Rev. Rick Waller and Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Michael Lee McGhee, 76, of Scott Depot, passed away on August 29, 2022 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
Mike was a son of the late Frank and Dorothy Nelson McGhee.
He was retired after 38 years of service from Thyssen-Krupp Elevator and was a member of IUEC Local #48, Charleston.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kathy McGhee, children: Leigh Ann Hill (Fred) of Charleston, Scott McGhee (Danielle) of Venice FL and Lorri Hughes (Kevin) of Milton; sisters Barbara Templeton (Jerry) of Milton and Sharon Thomas of Hurricane; brother, Bill McGhee (Carolyn) of Ocean Isle NC; 8 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will not be any services at this time, per his request.

Robert “Robbie” Michael Rawlings, 50, beloved son of Dale and Mary Cash Means, gained his heavenly wings at home on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, surrounded by loved ones, due to complications from Dementia.
He is survived by his parents; brother, Christopher (Sheila); nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the family treasure.
Robbie was a Special Olympics Kanawha County Athlete for many years, participating in bowling and Bocce. He loved his family, Pittsburgh Steelers, NASCAR, music and TV shows, especially Walker Texas Ranger. He was a jokester and loved to make people smile. He had a smile that would light up a room.
A Memorial Service for Robbie will at 11:00 am Saturday September 10, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Mark Harris officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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