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Obituaries for Week of November 17

Clarence Weeden Bess, Jr, 78, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at his home with his family by his side.
He was a Member of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church where he served many members of the community through delivery of friendship bread to new visitors. He also served with the Youth Reach Missions, Kairos Ministry at the Prisons, He was a 32nd degree Royal Arch Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and the Beni Kedem Shriners Temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence W. Bess Sr. and Ruby Humphries Bess; sisters, Linda Lutes, Phillis Myers, Carolyn Sue Bess and brother Mark Bess as well as his doxi Missy.
He is survived by his wife, Harriett Jo Hudnall Bess; son, Eric R (Missy) Bess; daughter, Kirstyn M. (Joseph) Bess; bonus children Meredith J (John) Vance, Steven D (Tiffany) Miller, Kathryn H (Scott) Lowther; sisters, Deloris Jean Johnson of Scott Depot, Helen A (Richard) Schoolcraft of Cannelton, Marie (Mike) Comer of Cannelton, Marilyn (Allen) Butcher of Kimberly, Vicky Moore of St. Albans; brothers, Gary (Tina) Bess of Cannelton, Tim (Debbie) Bess of St. Albans, Richard (Becky) Bess of Cannelton. 11 grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews and family and friends.
Funeral service wasWednesday, November 16, 2022 at Forrest Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Kenaston officiating. Burial was in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.

John Anthony Czenszak, 76, of Liberty, passed away on November 13, 2022 at Jackson General Hospital after a long illness.
He was born September 8, 1946 in Buffalo, New York to the late Alexander Czenszak and Rose (Mottle) Czenszak. He is also preceded in death by his wife Nancy Czenszak and brother Joseph Czenszak.
Left to cherish his memory are his sisters Margie Rieske and Nellie Schmidt; and brother Alec Czenszak (Elaine).
As much as the love for our country, was his love for family and friends. Even after his accident that left him confined to a wheelchair, John always was trying to help others.
A memorial service will be held with military honors, officiated by his good friend, Kenny Stone, at a later date.

Carolyn Jean Diehl, 58, of Black Betsy, passed away November 13, 2022.
Carolyn was a homemaker and loved animals, especially her dogs Dixie Ann and Sophie. She also enjoyed the outdoors, swimming and watching storms.
She is preceded in death by her parents Billy Joe and Carol Lewis.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Charles Diehl; four children Toni Michelle and her husband Josh Walker, Brandi Smith, Brittany Diehl, and Tyler Diehl; and four grandchildren Sydney, Luna, Lucy, and Lola.
At her request there will be no services.

Kennard C. “Nick” Hill, 89, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bradford Hill and Gatha Cochran Hill; his wife of 57 years, Elnora “Ellie” Hill; daughter, Pam Combs; infant son, David Hill; grandson, Nicholas Hill; and one brother and one sister.
He is survived by his son, Shawn Hill of Buffalo, as well as four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated. There are no services planned for the public at this time.

Larry E Jarvis, 66, of Hurricane, passed away on November 11, 2022, in Hubbard Hospice House West after a 3-year battle with cancer.
Larry is survived by his wife Cara Jarvis, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Following Larry’s wishes, he will not have any service.

Patricia Lynn “Pat” Milam, 72, of Poca, passed away November 8, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Pat was retired from Verizon and a member of Poca Baptist Church. She loved her grandbabies and enjoyed bowling.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ernest Jividen and Esther Jividen and two sisters Barb Foreman and Marsha Lehman.
She is survived by her two sons Travis and his wife Tiffany Milam and Shawn and his Mindy Milam; sister Carol Miller; brothers Jim Jividen and Randy Jividen and six grandchildren Kaleb, Evelyn, Meridian, Addison, Ella, and Preston.
A tribute to the life of Pat was held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Charles Lee Myers, 92, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord at his home surrounded by his family on November 12, 2022
He retired from Putnam County Schools as a Bus Driver and Penn line Telephone Company as a Telephone Lineman. He was the last surviving of 13 children. He was a lifetime musician playing professionally with Bill Monroe, Lilly Brothers, Billy Pack, Briary Mountain Boys, Kentucky Ramblers, Leather Wood, and Blue Grass Station. He played at the Hillbilly Ranch in Boston, Circle K Cleveland, Friday Night Opry Nashville. And was an invited guest at the Grand old Opry. He was invited and an honored guest of the WV Cultural Center and State Museum for his Preservation of historical Bluegrass Music through the Vandalia Gathering.
He is survived by Loving companion and lifetime friend Nancy Gillispie, daughters Pam Brumfield, Anita Giakas and Kim Escobedo, Grandchildren Davis Hall and Amanda “Mandy” McCallister Great Grandson Conner McCallister.
Funeral service was Monday, November 14, at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor David Vickers officiating. Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery.

Loretta Frances Payton, 82, of Winfield, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
She was born on March 2, 1940, to the late William and Rosie Bowens in Charleston.
She worked 35 years at Nationwide Insurance. She was an active member of her church, Pine Grove Church of Christ.
She is survived by her nephew Derek Miles of Cincinnati, OH, nephew David Bowens, nephew Lee Bowens, and niece Angie Matthews all of St. Albans.
Funeral service as Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Jack Gilchrist officiating.

Barrie Wayne Smith, 70, of Hurricane, passed away unexpectedly November 7, 2022 in Ohio.
He was a son of the late Bernard V. and Eva Lou Pickens Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eva Lewis and brother, Bobby Smith.
Barry was a 1971 graduate of St. Albans High School, served his country proudly in the United States Army, and was an over the road truck driver for Online Transport. He loved NASCAR and enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his daughter: Megan Smith of Hurricane; a grandson coming soon; bonus daughter: Lacey Pickens (Brent) of Eleanor, bonus grandchildren: Trenton and Hunter; and his siblings: Harold Smith, Betty Young, Russell Smith, George Smith, Ada White, John Smith, Reba Smith, Daniel Smith, and Diana Wallace; as well as three dogs: Cattalou, Pebbles, and Bam Bam.
In accordance with Barrie’s wishes there will be no services.

Hubert R. Young, age 87, of Caldwell, Ohio, formerly of Red House, West Virginia, died Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Altercare Summit Acres. He was born February 15, 1935, in Clendenin, West Virginia, son of the late Dana R. and Dessie L. Seebolt Young. Hubert retired in 1999 from the Ford Motor Company stamping plant in Walton Hills, Ohio. He was a member of the United Auto Workers and attended the Caldwell Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed working and fishing.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Juanita June Yost Young, whom he married January 14, 1959, and who died November 19, 2008; and several brothers and sisters.
Surviving are his children, Brian K. (Kathy) Young of Roanoke, Virginia, Timothy A. (Sue) Young of Midway, West Virginia, Melanie L. Young of Ohio, and Mark E. Young (Nhung Huynh) of Olmstead Twp., Ohio; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service wasl Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens Chapel in Red House, West Virginia, with Pastor John Powell officiating.

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