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Obituaries for Week of February 16

Joyce Ann Abbott, 65, of Bancroft, passed away on February 7, 2023 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
Joyce was born to the late Donald L. and Patricia Ann “Teet” Casto Abbott on January 24, 1958.
She was a 1976 graduate of Poca High School, where she was in the Marching Band and on the Majorette Corp, retired from Eye & Ear Clinic-Physicians Inc., Charleston, and Dr. Strickland as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. She was the first Woman Mayor in Putnam County in Bancroft for several years and also attended Bancroft Church of God Mission.
Joyce is survived by her loving sister and brother in-law: Brenda and Albert Fowler of Red House; her loving and faithful companion: Laci Jane; and her special little buddies: Kyan and Lukah Dailey.
Funeral Service for Joyce was Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House, with Pastor James Legg officiating.

Eugene Glenn Anderson, 90, of Hurricane, formerly of Winfield, passed away on February 9, 2023 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.
He was born on May 6, 1932 to the late Jerome W. “Shorty” and Mae Aeiker Anderson in Winfield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: Mary Jane Anderson, brothers: JW “Bud”, John G., William P., and Dr. Robert A. Anderson; and sisters: Maxine A. Roberts and Helen M. Mitchell.
Gene was a 1950 graduate of Winfield High School where he played football, then proudly served in the US Army then graduated from Marshall University in 1957. To say that he was a “Die Hard Big Green” fan for both Winfield and Marshall Athletics and football would be a big understatement! He had season tickets for both football teams and watched them closely. While attending MU he was active in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and he graduated with a BS in Education, Masters of Art, Counseling and Guidance in 1963. Gene was a Lifelong Educator in Putnam County starting as a teacher in Winfield (where he grew up), then moving to Administration where he served as the Principal for Buffalo High School, George Washington Jr. High School and lastly ending at Winfield Middle School for the majority of his career and having the Football field named in his honor upon his retirement in 1998. During his summers, he often worked at Holiday Park in Winfield with his brother Bob who ran the park.
Gene was a 50 year plus member at Kanawha Valley Lodge #36 A.F. & A.M., Buffalo; was also a 32nd degree member at Beni Kedem Shriner and Valley of Huntington Scottish Rite.
He loved to travel and go on vacation with his family, Myrtle Beach held a special place for Gene. He was a loving husband and father who dedicated his time to his family. Eugene and Mary Jane were married on August 6, 1960.
He is survived his daughter, Kelly R. Anderson of Hurricane, his cats: Lula Bell and Weezie, and a host of Nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Service for Gene will be 2:00pm Friday, February 17, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield. Burial will follow in Winfield Cemetery, Winfield.

Anna Maria Cochran, 50, of Bancroft, passed away February 10, 2023.
Anna was a graduate of Poca High School and attended Riverside Baptist Church. She is the former owner of Cochran Flag Car Services.
She is preceded in death by her son Jacob Cochran; parents Lee and Darley Nelson; sisters Anita Vickers and Oma Ingram; and brother Marshall Nelson.
She is survived by her son Gary Cochran, II; brother John Nelson; and sister Marcia Hedrick.
There will be no services at this time.

On February 8, 2023 at 4:30 A.M., David F. Craig, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away peacefully while he slept. David served his country faithfully and honorably in the United States Marine Corps as well as the United States Army. Having survived two tours of Vietnam. It was cancer that would take his life.
After being honorably discharged he began his career working for the railroad. It was this path that led him to once again serve his country by accepting a job with the United States Department of Transportation in the Federal Railroad Administration. It was during this time he met his best friend and wife, Diann.
David leaves behind his wife of 31 years, two sons, a step-daughter, several grandchildren, a great grandson and great granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Larry R. Hoylman, 70, of Scott Depot, passed away on February 3, 2023.
He is survived by 3 sons, 2 sisters, and several grandchildren.
Celebration of Larry’s Life was held Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home in Hurricane.

Husband, father, and grandfather, Garry Brent Legg, Sr. entered fully into the presence of the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2023, at Duke University Medical Center following a brave fight with leukemia. He was 66.
Garry was born on September 11, 1956, to James and Sibyl Legg. He was a 1974 graduate of Poca High School and worked as a union carpenter throughout his career. Garry’s Christian faith was an essential part of his life and evident to all who knew him. He was an active member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, where he served as a volunteer for many outreach and maintenance projects. His family and friends will remember Garry as a humble servant of Christ, who never sought to be glorified himself, but only to glorify God. His life served as a living example of Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
Garry was preceded in death by his father, James, his mother, Sibyl, and his daughter, Andrea Anne Guidry. Memories of Garry will be treasured by his loving wife, Pixie, son Garry B. Legg, Jr. (Amber), stepson Michael Criner (Alexandra), and his beloved grandchildren; Chandler, Nicholas, Caroline, Briony, Mahalia, Jon’Drea, Qiauna, and great-granddaughter, Makiya.
Service was Wednesday, February 15, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Scott Depot.

Raymond Dale Lewis, 76, of Hurricane, surrounded by his family, went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, February 9.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett F. Lewis, his mother Kathleen V. Lewis, brothers Gary M. Lewis and Ronald S. Lewis, son Everett Boyd Lewis and grandson Justin Michael Deem.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley Lewis, daughters Phyllis (Michael) Deem of Syracuse, Ohio, Heather (RJ) Vanater of Milton; son Gary Lewis (fiancé Lisa Fullbright) of Charleston; 8 grandchildren, Madeline Lewis, James Kintz, Ashley Deem, Michael Lewis, Carolann Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Russell Lewis and Kawman Vanater.
Raymond leaves behind many memories for his family and friends to cherish in this next chapter of their lives. He was known for his patriotism, his volunteering, and his willingness to step into roles and projects that served many.
Raymond served as a Boatswains Mate-3rd Class in the United States Navy and served his country in the Vietnam war. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Raymond retired from US Foodservice after 39 years with the company.
He along with his wife Shirley had been involved in the Hurricane Baseball League, VFW Post 9097 and American Legion as well as members of the former Royal Oaks Resort in Pomeroy, Ohio.
Family and friends remember Raymond as a provider, protector and great outdoorsman. He was always eager to learn and could oftentimes be found reading, studying and researching various topics and subjects.
The Family will have a Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 11:00am at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Gladys Holland Moran, 91, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord at her residence on Monday, February 6, 2023.
She was born in Bedford, VA on October 20, 1931 to the late Harold and Westa Holland.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Harold, Donald, and Keith Holland; sister: Evelyn; brother-in-law: Raymon Stinnett; and sister-in-law Gladys.
Gladys will always be remembered as being a great cook, especially for her amazing pumpkin pies and stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. She was a loving and devoted caretaker to her loved ones, always placing them first. She was a devout Catholic, she loved her church. Most importantly, she will be remembered as an amazing and loving mother.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, John; son: Randy Harris (Bonnie); brothers: Gary Holland (Mary Ellen) and Norman Holland; sisters: Thelma Stinnett and Roselynn Rowe (Mike); stepchildren: Kathy, Peggy, John, Jerry, and Pete; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Friday, February 10, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. Vincent Joseph officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Sgt. Nathan William Samples, 46, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 9, 2023, in the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. He was born September 10, 1976, in Charleston, the son of Steven and Patsy Womack Samples. He was a Seargent with the West Virginia State Police for eighteen years.
He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture, was a member of the West Virginia Troopers Association, member of the Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club, member of Christ Temple Church, member of the Christ Temple Men’s Fraternity and a member of the Christ Temple Church Security Team. Nathan dearly loved Pastor Chuck Lawrence, whom he affectionately called him a Great Shepard, and his Special Pastor.
Nathan is survived by his loving wife of twenty-two years, Amy Chatterton Samples of Hurricane; four children, Morgan Warner, Josh (Emily) Warner, Luke Samples and Eli Samples all of Hurricane; grandchildren, Bryce and Brock Warner and Isla Balbuena and a host of friends.
Funeral services honoring Nathans life were Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at Christ Temple Church, Huntington, with Pastor Chuck Lawrence officiating. Burial was with State Police Honors in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington.

On February 4, 2023, Stephen Robert Snell of Culloden (68) passed surrounded by his loving family after suffering from a long illness. Stephen was born January 22, 1955 to Robert and Dolores Snell in Schenectady, New York.
After Stephen graduated from Mohonasen High School in 1973, he completed a 2 year machinist apprentice program for General Electric. He became employed by General Electric as a Turbine Coordinator for numerous years. He then later became employed by AEP as a Turbine Coordinator and later as a Supervisor of Turbine Coordination until his retirement in 2019.
In his past time, he enjoyed fishing and golfing. He was an avid fan of football and basketball and his favorite teams were the New York Giants, West Virginia Mountaineers and Marshall Thundering Herd, but his most favorite thing to do was to attend his grandkids cheerleading, track meets, horseback riding, dance recitals and soccer games.
Stephen was preceded in death by his father Robert Snell, mother Dolores Snell, brother Lawrence Snell and nephew Douglas Snell. He is survived by his loving wife Bernadette married in 1976, sister Sharon Yawman (James), sister in-law Susan Jones, daughter Rachel Young (Eric), and his son Jeffrey Snell (Carla). Also, by his grandchildren Kyleigh Snell (Will Adkins), Drew Young, Caydance Snell, Alli Young and Crews Snell. He also had many nieces and nephews and a special thank you to his close friend Bob Spencer.
Service conducted by Pastor John Sauvage was Sunday, February 12, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Betty Sue Clark Stanley, 80, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2023, surrounded by her family after a long illness.
Betty was born on November 30, 1942 in southern West Virginia. She moved with her family to the Charleston area as a teenager. Betty graduated from South Charleston High School and attended West Virginia State College.
Betty retired from Social Security and was a leader in the Dunbar Chapter of Recovery INC. She enjoyed being a part of planning for her High School reunions.
Betty loved spending time with her family and had many friends.
She is survived by her brother, James Clark; her children Dianna Jane Gertz, Charlene Annette Seabolt, Charles Clark Stanley; her grandchildren William Steven (Cloe) Miller, Kristina Ann (Joe) Cato, Melissa Sue Snead, Kevin Gertz, Jr. and Amy Jo Stanley. She also leaves behind many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial was private.

Albert Francis Terry, 91, of Hurricane, passed away February 11, 2023 at home.
He was born on May 27, 1931 in Winfield to the late Mervin and Marie Terry. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Bernard (Mack) Terry.
He was a member Mount Vernon Baptist Church Hurricane, WV.
Albert is survived by his loving wife of 68 years: Shirley Jean Terry; daughter: Diana Hughes, as well as the light of his world, grandchildren: Michael Maddox (Terra) and Angela Maddox; three great grandchildren: Brianna VanScoy (Jackson), Taylor Maddox and Austin Maddox; two great great-grandchildren: Ryker and David Jackson VanScoy, who is due to arrive in July 2023. He is also survived by brothers: Keith Terry, Wayne Terry (Mary) and Greg Terry (Kathy); sisters: Georgia Summers, Genieve Wesley, Elizabeth “Libby” Hardison (Joe) and Lynn Craig (Dennis), and a sister in-law: Nellie Terry.
Funeral service for Albert was Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Pastor Ron McClung officiating.

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