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Obituaries for Week of September 15

Raymond Bobbitt, 83, of Winfield, passed away, on September 7, 2022.
He was born on November 20, 1938 in Montgomery, WV. He was a pipe fitter for Union Carbide. He was Baptist by faith. Everyone loved him. He was a wonderful husband father and friend. He loved cars, especially a 1960 Corvette, and a 1957 Chevrolet.
He is survived by his wife M. Patricia Bobbitt; children, Tony Bobbitt (Carolyn) of Ashland KY, Donna Bobbitt and Tish Cadle of Scott Depot; sister, Midge Hartwell; brothers, Ronnie Bobbitt and Sherman Bobbitt; 5 grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends.
Funeral Service was Monday, September 12, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor James Dennis officiating. Burial was in Heaven’s Gateway Memorial Gardens, Winfield.

Gladys Casto, 87 of Poca entered into eternal rest after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Born April 12, 1935, in Paradise, WV to the late Sherman and Nollie Witt Harrison.
She was a proud Poca Dot, graduating with the class of 1954, and attended Morris Harvey College. She always enjoyed get togethers with her classmates. Gladys was a Christian lady, she attended Rock Branch Independent Church. She was a very strong and independent woman. She loved to travel and would shop till she dropped. Especially her love for jewelry and shoes. She always decorated her house beautifully and was very gifted at making beautiful floral arrangements. One thing she never wanted to miss was the evening news and loved real country music.
Gladys was the last surviving member of her immediate Harrison family. Being predeceased by her parents, sister Effie Mae and brothers Ralph and Treva. She was also predeceased by her husbands, Carmel E. Davis and Roy K. Casto.
She is survived by her only child Nancy Davis Hancart (Kevin), grandson Kevin “Boo” II (Lindsay) and great grandchildren Kaiden and Raelynn. She is also survived by several sister in laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Gladys life was held Thursday, September 15th at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor Chapel, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.

Garland Lee “Peanut” Hayes, 84, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away on Sept. 4, 2022 at home.
Peanut was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Abbey Kinnard Hayes as well as several siblings.
He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp and was a retired truck driver.
Peanut is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ruby Terry Hayes, brother: John B. “JB” Hayes (Dotty) of Hurricane; special nieces and nephews: Pam Bayes, Paige Hawkins-Catlin, Ronnie Bayes, Chris Randolph, Dave Meadows, Brian Hartley and his little buddy, JW Hawkins-Catlin, as well as several other family members.
Funeral Service for Peanut was Friday, September 9, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor Jim Dennis officiating. Burial was in the Leadmon Cemetery, Winfield. Military Honors were provided by the James E. Marshall American Legion Post #187, Winfield.

Ronald Ray “Ronnie” Hodges, 64, of Winfield, went Home to be with the Lord on September 10, 2022 at his home.
Ronnie was born on September 15, 1957 to the late Donald R. and Helen M. Hodges. He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Pamela and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
He is survived by his sister, Connie Casto of Winfield; brother, Johnny (Angie) Hodges of Pliny; nieces: Heather (Bill) Queen, Allison (Cam) Clendenin, and Ashley (Chad) Humphrey; nephew: John John (Lasaia) Hodges; special “Brother”: Brian Hartley; great-nieces and nephews: Anthony, Caroline, Jude, Sydney, Drake, Brady, and Nolan.
Funeral Service for Ronnie was Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor Darren Persinger officiating. Burial was in Lower Hodges Cemetery.

Shanda Nichole “Nikki” Kane, 37, of Poca, passed away September 7, 2022, in UMPC in Cumberland, MD.
Nikki is a graduate of Liberty High School in Roanoke, VA and a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.
She is survived by her husband James E. Kane, III; daughters Dakota Kane and London Kane; mother Leslie Smith; father William “Bill” Emswiller; sister Jerikia Emswiller and her boyfriend Chance; nephew J.J. Emswiller; brother Clint Hollandsworth; step-brother Kenneth “Trey” Smith; mother-in-law Gwen Rhodes; father-in-law Donnie Rhodes; sisters-in-law Crystal Rhodes, Amber Rhodes, and Hailey Rhodes; aunt Melissa “Missy” and Rickie Byrd; cousins Krya and Josh Dean; aunt Tammy and her husband Darrell Winchester; close friend and mother figure Anna “Sissy” Shafer; sister and close friend Abagail Hollandsworth; father figure and role model David Craig; close friend and neighbors Tim and Dez Farris and Robert and Joyce Dean; sister and brother-in-law Becca and Lee Daniels; nieces Trinity Coleman and Kanize Lee; nephew Jordan “Bubba” Daniels; sister Cristy Nichols and close dear friends; grandparents-in-law Larry and Ellen Nordan and old neighbors Buck and Rachel Skeen.
A tribute to the life of Nikki will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael Hanna officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

John Franklin Lett, Sr., 86, of Poca, passed away Thursday September 8, 2022, at home.
Johnny was retired from Monsanto, a Marine Corp Veteran, and a member of the Nitro Moose Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his parents Eric and Gladys Lett; children Debbie and John and his wife Lynn; sister Ruth Ann and his spouses Eyvonne, Vicky, and Linda.
He is survived by his three grandchildren David and Kathryn Lett, Danielle and Jason McCoy and Chantelle and Polly Bradley and five great grandchildren Caden, Ryder, Rixon, Ridley and Lillianna.
Sservice and burial were at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Judith A. Luikart, 70, of Leon, passed away Saturday September 10, 2022 at her home. She was a 1969 graduate of Buffalo High School. She worked as an insurance agent throughout her career starting at the Insurance Exchange and retiring from Arthur, Krenzel & Lett Insurance Agency.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Snyder; sister, Betty Snyder; brothers, Jack Snyder, Sonny Snyder, “Jug” Snyder, Roger Snyder and Ed Snyder.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Darrell Luikart; daughter, Laura (Archie) Quigley of Poca; sons, Christopher (Suzanne) Luikart of West Newton PA and Chad (Faith) Luikart of Ocala FL; grandchildren, Hope McLane, Taylor Quigley, Noah, Quigley and Grace Luikart; great grandchildren, Aiden Casto, Jaxson Cavender, Cameron Cavender and Adalynn Quigley.
Funeral service was Wednesday September 14, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Mike Tucker officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Arnold Guy “Buck” Stephens, 81 of Poca went home to be with the Lord September 7, 2022.
Buck is a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Hurricane where he served as a deacon for many years. He is retired from Dow Chemical and a former 23-year employee of Fike Chemical. He served on Poca Town Council for 23 years.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Karen Stephens; parents Hollis and Icie Stephens and mother and father-in-law Irene and Cecil Martin.
Buck is survived by his two children Timothy and his wife Breynn Stephens and Tina Webb both of Poca; brother Otis Stephens of Hometown; sisters Eva Barnett of Hometown and Linda Morgan of Hurricane; sisters and brothers-in-law Brenda and Benny Myers and Mary Jo and Norman Williams; grandchildren Jamie, Desiree, Grace, Michael and Kali and great grandchildren Josiah, Jocelyn and Scarlett.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Arnold “Buck” Stephens was held Monday, September 12, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Arthur officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Max Wetherall, 93, of Scott Depot, passed away on September 7, 2022. He was born on January 1, 1929, son of the late Okey and Helen (Price) Wetherall. He lived most of his life in Huntington.
After graduating from Huntington East High School in 1945, he went on to get his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Cincinnati. Throughout his career, he owned drugstores in New Haven, Huntington, Guyandotte, and in LaFollette, TN.
Max is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Wilma(Preston) Wetherall; daughter Pam Rucker (Jim) of Marysville, TN; son Ron Wetherall of Huntsville, Alabama; son Greg Wetherall of Cincinnati, OH; daughter Lori Rooper (Victor) of Hurricane; 7 wonderful grandchildren, Samantha, Carolina, Isabelle, and Price Wetherall; Connor, Colton, and Cambelle Rooper; and his little dog, Okie who he adored. Max was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, CE Wetherall and sister, Jean Cook.
Max had a nickname for everyone he loved. He enjoyed trading the stock market, spending time on the computer, swimming, exercising, and watching old westerns. But most of all he enjoyed spending time at home with his family.
Funeral services were Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Henson and Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

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