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Obituaries for Week of January 26

Judith Ann Bennett Arthur, 70, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on January 20, 2023.
Judy is retired from Putnam County Schools and a former employee of RESA III and West Virginia American Water. She was proud of graduating alongside her son Benjamin from West Virginia State College. She is a member of Main Street Church of Christ and the Professional Secretaries Association. Judy was an avid animal lover, especially cats.
She is preceded in death by her parents Wyatt J. “Bob” and Grace F. Bennett and sister Sharon Parog.
She is survived by her son Benjamin Wyatt Arthur; five siblings Barney Bennett and his wife Vicki, Joan E. Savilla and her husband Joe, Tommy Wayne Bennett, Nancy McLean and her husband Franklin, and Charles F. Bennett and his wife Sue and a host of nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Judy was held Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Daniel Curry officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Madge Ashley Dawson, 93, of Scott Depot, was born on January 19, 1929 in Amma, and passed away on January 17, 2023 at Hubbard Hospice House Charleston.
She was a daughter of the late Waitman T. and Icie Ashley. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Pat; brothers: Gene and Don; and a sister: June.
Madge is survived by her sons: Ed (Barbara), Larry (Kim) and Ron (April); a sister: Rosemary Ashley Martin; as well as her grandchildren: John Dawson II, Jamie Dawson Sprigle, Ashley Dawson, Jared Nelson, and Larry Dawson II; and 7 great grandchildren.
Madge was married to Pat Ira Dawson on September 24, 1948 and enjoyed many wonderful years of raising boys, traveling, playing golf and owning a business.
Together they Co-Owned Dawson’s TV and Appliance in Teays Valley and after retiring to Florida, they enjoyed many years of travel, golf and friendships. After the death of Pat in 1992, Madge made the decision to move back to West Virginia to make sure her boys were behaving. She has enjoyed many of her final years fully engaged in the lives of her sons, who have watched over her and included her in their daily lives.
From the humble life of being born on a family farm in Amma to the successful ownership of a business, Madge never forgot what was important and that was her faith. Beginning in a one room Methodist Church in Amma to being a 50 year member of St. John United Methodist Church in Teays Valley, she was always faithful in her faith and always lived a Christian life and set an example for many. She was also a 50-year member of the Eastern Star Nitro Lodge.
A Celebration of Madge’s Christian Life was held Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. Chris Scott officiating. Burial was in Amma Cemetery, Amma.

Steven James Day, 69, of Teays Valley, passed away at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on January 11, 2023 with his wife Debbie of more than 44 years at his side. Born in Huntington, he was a huge fan and supporter of Marshall University football.
Steven was President and CEO of City National Bank and City Holding Company in Charleston. Under his leadership, City grew from one bank of less than $100 million in assets to a $1.5 billion bank holding company operating 47 offices with 900 employees in West Virginia. Day earned a B.B.A. degree in Marketing from Marshall University in 1975. His career started at Valley National Bank where he eventually headed the bank’s operations and data processing.
Steve temporarily left the banking business in 1980 and he and two partners began a custom framing business, still operating as Gallery Two in Huntington. Day was a former director of the West Virginia Bankers Association, Big Green Foundation, West Virginia Consumer Credit Counseling Association, The Revolving Loan Fund for Persons with Disabilities and a member of the West Virginia Roundtable and the Marshall University Alumni Association. He has served as vice chairman of the Boy Scouts and was former president of the Kanawha Association of Business People. He is a former director of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Thanks a Million Foundation, Salvation Army, Charleston Renaissance Corporation, the Business Industrial Development Corporation, Charleston East Community Development Corporation and the West Virginia Literacy Council. He was inducted as an Honored member into Who’s Who Publications in 1994-95 and The Marshall University Business Hall of Fame in 1998. He was recognized by Bankers Monthly as one of the youngest CEO’S in the country. He and his wife Debbie were avid golfers and former members of Sleepy Hollow Golf Club and Raven Golf Club.
He is the son of the late Harry (Phyllis Jean) Day III and is survived by his wife Debra Sue (Williams) Day, son Patrick James Day, brothers Butch Day, Huntington, and Mike (Tari) Day, Huntington, devoted friend Bill Jordan, Charleston, as well as several nephews and a host of life-long friends. In lieu of flowers Debbie requests contributions be made to Marshall University Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Memorial arrangements are being made by Allen Funeral of Hurricane.

Marian Virginia Frazier, 97, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away on January 21, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on April 7, 1925 in St. Albans to the late Marion S. and Trudy Esther Armentrout McAllister. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald K. Frazier; daughter: Nancy L. Frazier; sisters: Lottie Souza and Ruby Hokie; and brothers: Howard and James McAllister.
Virginia was retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse and was a member of Fraziers Bottom United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her children: Linda McAllister (James) of Spring Grove, VA and Steven Frazier (Darlene) of Fraziers Bottom; granddaughter: Carrie Frazier of Louisville, KY; and sister: Cora L. McAllister of St. Albans, WV, as well as other friends and family.
Virginia’s Funeral Service was Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Rev. Ed Grant officiating. Burial was in the Fraziers Bottom Family Cemetery, Fraziers Bottom.

Marie Ethel Gillispie, 74, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at C.A.M.C. General hospital after a short illness. Marie was a homemaker who loved her family and friends dearly. She was a Member of the Main Street Church of Christ and a lifelong resident of the area.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents William and Ruth Brenneman.
She is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Cindra Graley of Culloden and son Greg of Hurricane. Brother Bill Brenneman of Texas. And a host of other family and friends.
Funeral Service was Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Theresa Lynn Edwards Mobley, 68, of Winfield, passed away on January 19, 2023 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after a valiant battle.
She was born on March 2, 1955 to the late Robert B. and Sylvia Belle Hudnall Edwards in Charleston.
Theresa is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Daniel L. Mobley, daughter: Christina Lynn Stanley (Richard) of Scott Depot; granddaughters: Kaitlyn and Alyssa Stanley both of Scott Depot; sister: Surilda Mobley of Winfield; and brothers: Robert B. Edwards Jr. of Poca and Harold Edwards of Winfield, as well as several nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.
A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Larry Mobley officiating.

Terry Thaxton, 67, born and raised in Hurricane, went to be with his mother and father, Ruth and James Thaxton, and his granddaughter, Olivia Marie Waugh on Sunday January 15, 2023.
Terry has been a well known figure in the Hurricane Community as owner of Terry Thaxton Excavating for over 40 years. He also enjoyed farming and working horses at his farm in Kentucky. Anyone that knew Terry, knows that he never met a stranger and could talk your ear off about anything. He would do anything he could to help someone out. He has also been an avid supporter of autism awareness for his grandson Gabrial who always had the most special place in his heart.
His grandkids have been the light in his eye.
He is survived by his wife: Donna Thaxton; daughters: Tiffany (Daniel) Hinkle, Penny (Kevin) Chambers, Kim (David) Smith and Katie O’Rear; grandchildren: Gabrial and Mikaylah Lippert, Nathaniel (Taylor) Waugh, Mollie Waugh, Tyler and John Smith; great-grandchildren: Hunter and Remi Waugh, as well as countless friends in the community.
Funeral service for Terry was Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Thaxton Family Cemetery, Alum Creek.

Joann Dunaway Watts, 79, of Hurricane, passed away of a short illness on Monday, January 16, 2023. She was born August 26, 1943 to the late Virgil and Madeline Dunaway. For the last 3 years she has lived in the original home place where her daughter Janet Leigh and Gregory Hall cared for her. She was also preceded in death by her first born Joseph Karl Braun, Husband Edward Larry Watts, siblings Nova Jean, Virgil Jr, John, Janet, Phyllis, Mary Ellen, Ronald, Helen and Russell Gene.
She is survived by her children Deborah Ann and Tom McCollum of Madison, Miss.; Janet Leigh and Gregory Hall of Hurricane; Michael Wayne and Maria Braun of Virginia Beach, VA; Shannon Edward Watts of Clinton, Miss.; Grandchildren and great grandchildren, the loves of her life, are Jacquelyn Wallace, Joseph Wayne and Joshua Michael Braun; great grandchildren Jaspur, Juneaux, Jeri, Emersyn and Sawyer. Sister Maxine Harmon and brothers Troy Dunaway and William Dunaway, Special Brother-in-laws Roger Plymale and John Paul, and a host of nieces and nephews that loved her dearly.
Funeral Service was Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

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