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Obituaries for Week of November 24

Patricia A. Coffman, 78, of Hurricane, passed away November 18, 2022.
Mrs. Coffman is retired from St. Francis Hospital and a former employee of Riverside Nursing Home.
She is preceded in death by her parents Valgene and Mildred Lloyd.
She is survived by her five children Robert Coffman, Carol Spurlock, Terry Coffman, Randy Coffman, and Rhonda Counts; 10 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Patricia Coffman was held Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel.

Dolores Groves Cross, 87, of Scott Depot, peacefully departed her earthly home on November 18, 2022.
She was a Braxton County native and was the daughter of the late Ernest and Wilsie Groves.
One afternoon in downtown Gassaway, Dolly noticed Bronson Farrell Cross, the town’s most eligible bachelor and the most handsome man she had ever seen, walking down the street. As a beautiful young woman, she knew if she walked in his direction there was a chance that she could capture his attention. Not only did she capture his attention but she also captured his heart. He soon made her his bride and they created a family and life together which lasted until Farrell’s death in 2008.
Dolly helped her husband Bronson operate Cross Jewelers in Gassaway, and then later they relocated to the Charleston area, where she had a successful career with Lilly’s Jewelers, most well-known as the manager of the Dunbar location from which she retired.
She was a devout Christian and was a faithful attender and/or member at Gassaway Baptist Church, Poca Baptist Church, Fairlawn Baptist Church, Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, and most recently at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Garner, Sherman, Coble and Bud Groves; her sisters, Juanita Harris, Annavie Duckworth, and Lorraine Pennington; and also her granddaughter, Chastity Hall.
Dolly is survived by her children; Vicki (Tom) Reddick, Steve (Melissa) Cross, David (Renee) Cross, and Doug (Jody) Cross; her grandchildren, Chad Hall, Brittany Cross, Tyler Gills, Kaylee Olzewski, Olivia Cross, Tanner Cross, Trevor Cross, Alexis Buckley, Rachel Buckley, and Laura Buckley; her three great-grandchildren, Jacob Reddick, Joseph Workman, and Thaxton Gills; her sister, Evelyn Brady; and sister-in-law, Jean Edwards.
Graveside service was Monday, November 21, at Bealls Mill Cemetery, in Gassaway, with Pastor Ron McClung officiating.

Loraine Lee Fisher, 56, of Nitro, passed away November 19, 2022.
Loraine loved spending time with her family and playing cornhole.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Velva Fisher and sister Brenda Cochran.
She is survived by her siblings Irene Spurlock of Nitro, Robert Fisher of Winfield, Bill Fisher of Winfield, Mary Stafford of Nitro, Ronald Fisher of Eleanor, Betty (Eddie) Smith of Letart, and Loretta Garrison of Huntington; two great nephews Kenneth and Dakota McGee and a host of nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Loraine will be 11:00 AM Friday, November 25, 2022 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Berkhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Warner-Thornton Cemetery, Leon.

Jimmy Franklin Frazier, 75, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away on November 19, 2022 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington.
He was born on January 9, 1947 to the late John S. and Zilpha Gillispie Frazier.
Jimmy was retired from the US Postal Service, was a member of Fraziers Bottom United Methodist Church, Winfield High School graduate, Marshall Alumni, and proudly served his country in the US Army. He loved MU Football, landscaping, collecting Santa’s and everything Christmas.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Frazier, siblings: Neva, Johnny, Judy, Myrna and Jackie and several other family members.
Jimmy is survived by his siblings: Helen Behrman of Huntington and Jerry Frazier of Ga.; many nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, friends and many other extended family members.
There will be a memorial service at a later date.

John Boyce Ginn, 87, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. He passed away peacefully at home. John was the son of the late Clarence and Hester Ginn of Lincoln County.
Johnny, as he was affectionately known, was a proud local business owner along with his brothers Marshall and Mike Ginn for more than 40 years. Johnny helped and enriched many people during his lifetime. He believed in hard work and spent his whole life doing what he loved most, Working.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Helen G. Ginn, Son Billy Joe Ginn and Daughter Lora Jane Ginn, and second wife Clara J. Padavick, Brother Jack Ginn, Two sisters Audrey Harden and Betty Stowers.
John is survived by his daughter Hope Ann (David) Story of Culloden, two grandchildren Tyler (Brandy) Story, Kathryn (Nathan) Adamson and 6 grandchildren all of Kentucky, brothers Tony Ginn of Culloden and Marshall (Brenda) Ginn, Mike Ginn and sister Phyllis (Gary) Bush all of Hurricane, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Sservice was Friday, November 18, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Barbara Jean Hamrick, 81, of Lutz, FL, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Tampa Florida.
Barbara was born in Hurricane on March 22, 1941, to the late Marco and Sybel (Oxley) Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Hamrick; and sister, Peggy Estes.
Barbara graduated from Hurricane High School Class of 1960. She was Head Majorette and played clarinet for the Hurricane High School band. She was also Miss Hurricane 1959-1960.
Barbara worked for over 30 years for USF&G Insurance Company in Charleston, and retired from the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner’s Office.
She leaves behind her daughter, Jennifer King (Michael) of Lutz, FL; sister, Sharon (Dale) Blake of Roanoke, VA; brother, Danny (Tina) Young of Hurricane; and beloved grandchildren: Isaiah, Joshua, Alexa, Ryan and Calleigh King of Lutz, FL.
Funeral service for Barbara was Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Kent Estep officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Charles Haynes Hogsett, better known as “Charlie”, was born on December 11, 1933, in Huntington, West Virginia, to Charles Henry Hogsett and Mary Louise (Haynes) Hogsett. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister Flora Ann McClure, and his baby son Charles Timothy Hogsett.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Sue (Shelton) Hogsett, the love of his life, and wife for 69 years; by his daughter Rebecca (Becky) Susan (Hogsett) Burke, married to Dale Burke; and his son Charles Haynes Hogsett II, married to Kathy (Shafer) Hogsett; and by 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Donald E. Shelton.
Charlie graduated from Huntington East High School in 1951, then spent two years attending Marshall University (where his grandfather played on the first Marshall football team). After two years, he left his studies to enlist in the army to serve the United States during the Korean War. He was married on May 28th, 1953, to Patricia Sue Shelton, who also graduated from Huntington East High School (class of 1953).
He spent most of his career working for Union Carbide Institute, being awarded multiple recognitions for excellence in service, retiring in 1989. He was the Past Master of the Masonic Lodge 139 of Hurricane, West Virginia, and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Hurricane for over 60 years. His favorite question to ask friends, old and new, was “Do you know the Lord?” He cared about people’s eternity.
More importantly, Charlie loved his Lord Jesus. He began his days reading his Bible and asking God to bless his much-loved family. He was a husband who faithfully loved his wife, Patty, for over 69 years, often declaring her to be “his whole world”. He raised two great children, his daughter Becky (of Carlsbad, CA) and his son Chuck (of Mineral Wells). He enjoyed the blessing of 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren as his legacy. He was a great neighbor, loving friend, and life-long explorer of God’s great outdoors as he hunted and fished the mountains and streams of West Virginia. He and his wife enjoyed travel, their friends, their church, and their family until he passed into the presence of His Lord Jesus as he slept on November 16th, 2022.

Anna Lee Staats-Hughes, 88, of Eleanor, passed away peacefully at home on November 15, 2022.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Leroy (Don) Hughes, daughter Donna Hughes, son Dale Hughes, grandson Jack Hughes, parents Harry and Ruby Staats of Black Betsy, sister Rose (Short ) Boggess, and brothers Sonny and Frank Staats.
She is survived by grandchildren Dustin Hughes and his wife Emily of Wisconsin, Danny Hughes of Michigan, Jesse Hughes of Michigan, Angela Berman and her husband Rex of Las Vegas, Carrie Cummings and her husband Chris of Ripley, 6 great grandchildren, daughter Leella Wyant and her husband Allen of Black Betsy, and her beloved friend and caregiver Dorothy Holloway.
Ann was a graduate of Poca High School and among her many accomplishments she was a graduate of The University of Michigan with honors, recognized for her work with handicapped children. He great sense of humor, laughter, kindness, and generosity will be missed.
A tribute to the life of Ann was held Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Danny Cummings officiating. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Khayden James Kincaid, age 2, of Eleanor, slipped from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
Born November 27, 2019, he was the son of Steven King and Megan Kincaid.
In addition to his parents, Khayden is survived by his sister, Narvonna Rayne Hobert; grandparents, Randy & Donna King of Sutton, Karen Kincaid of Shady, WV, and Ruben Kincaid of Beckley; great-grandparents, Vicky & Charles Kincaid of Beckley, Dale & Margie Marcum of Beckley, and Sandra McManamay & Donald Dent of Scott Depot; and his aunt, Heather Kincaid of Mason County.
A private family graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.

William D. “Bill” Lett, 77, AKA “The Mayor of South Street,” passed away November 12, 2022. A longtime resident of South Charleston, Bill was the son of the late Rev. Dave and Avalee Lett. He was also preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law Ruth Ann and Richard Swanson, and in-laws Douglas and Rose Spaulding.
Survivors include Bill’s devoted wife of 54 years, Elaine Spaulding Lett, and son, Kristopher, (He was a wonderful, loving husband and father.); sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Jerry Ledson of Myrtle Beach, SC, (If her stare would not suffice, a swift fist from Marjorie made any bully think twice! She let it be known, when you step up to Billy, you best be real nice.); The family that became his even before he married Elaine, brother-in-law and wife, Douglas C. Spaulding II and wife Linda of Scott Depot, and sister-in-law and husband, Pamela and Dana Gibeaut of Poca, (All shared a deep love and admiration for one another.); To say Bill adored his nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews is an understatement. They loved, adored, and respected their Uncle Billy and were saddened to lose him. Amy and Johnny, Lisa, Mary, Ayden, and Makenzie were real lights in his life. Happy moments and long talks to impart his wisdom, (whether they wanted to listen or not!) took place a lot on the back porch. He was so amazing! A brilliant mind, ever ready to take on any task, understand any problem and find the solution. Tenacious and self-reliant, Bill Lett would not stop until the job was done and done well.
Of course, Bill was helped by many dear friends in his work throughout the years, and so very grateful for their love and support. They just had to be able to keep up with him. It took roughly 30 minutes to get from the plant to the house and eat a peanut butter/honey sandwich. After that, he was back at it, ever eager to start in on the project of the day. Whether working on his home, a family member or a friend’s- there was always a project. All can look around to see one of Bill Lett’s jobs well done. Any day he could stand on his own two feet, he needed to accomplish at task, it made him feel whole. He often commented on an elderly neighbor who had passed away cutting his grass, “That’s the way to go.”
Upon entering heaven, there was surely a golf game with dear buddies Papa Joe and Pete. Whenever he found Johnny, wild stories and laughter soon would abound. What a great day for him!
Bill was a proud “Dot” from Poca High. Each out-of-town band trip had its own story to remember. He attended WVIT and graduated from WV State. In high school his escapades usually involved lifelong friend Danny Ingram. In college, he was fortunate to cross paths with artistic soulmate and confidant Ron McCracken. He truly loved both of these dear friends.
Bill retired from Monsanto/Flexsys. He was a chemical operator, but the job he relished was “in house” video production guru. It fulfilled his creative side and he loved it.
There will be no service or memorial at this time. In the Spring we will have a celebration of his life well lived.

Pauline Lee Robson, 78, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 13, 2022.
She was born on August 31, 1944 to the late Paul and Mildred Drain in Morgantown. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Robson; sisters, Dolly Hostutler and Frances Buchannon; brothers, Darius Drain and Ronald Drain.
She is survived by her children, Kelly Westfall (Dennis) of Poca and Christopher Robson of Barboursville; brothers, Robert Drain (Diane) of New York, Jack Drain (Judy) of Morgantown and Donald Drain of Morgantown; grandchildren, Jessica, Kelsy, Kyle, William, and Phillip; and great-grandchildren, Aiden and Brooks.
She retired after 20 years working with the Housing and Urban Development in Charleston.
A Celebration of Life will be from 11:00am to 12:00 pm Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Vickie Lea Varney Wilson, 70, of Winfield, formerly of Bergoo, Webster County, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, November 18, 2022 at her home after a long illness.
She was born on February 11, 1952, to the late Charles and Nelma Williams Varney of Webster Springs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Varney of Hacker Valley, father and mother-in-law, Eugene T. Wilson, Sr., and Martha Britton Wilson of Cowen, and one brother-in-law, Phillip Wilson of Cowen.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband of 52 ½ years, Eugene T. Wilson, Jr. of Winfield; her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Todd Combs of Winfield; her son and daughter-in-law, Eugene T. “Willy” and Hope Wilson III of Red House; her grandchildren, Christian Wilson, Caroline Smith (and fiancé Ryan Carter), Carli Smith, and Levi Wilson; one great grandson, Beckham Grey Canterbury, and a host of additional family and friends.
A viewing and visitation werbe held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor. Per her wishes, there will be no funeral service beyond the viewing, and she will be cremated.

Pat Edwin Worstell, 80, of Buffalo, passed away November 17, 2022.
Pat was born August 12, 1942, to the late James and Lahoma Worstell. He is a retired construction worker. He is survived by his wife Shirley Worstell and his children.
At his request there will be no services.

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