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Obituaries for Week of March 16

Patrick “Rick” James Altizer, 70, of Scott Depot, passed away suddenly March 3, 2023.
Born in Huntington, Rick was a son of the late Harwood and Juanita (Cazad) Altizer. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 36 years Rita Clonch Altizer, son, Nick Altizer, brother Andy Altizer, and sister Greta Altizer.
A graduate of Barbousville High School and Marshall University, Rick retired from WVDHHR after 35 years of service as an adult services social worker and in client services. After he retired, he was a substitute teacher’s aide for Putnam County Schools
Rick was a self-proclaimed “Jesus Guy” and strived to live the love of Jesus. He was passionate about his family and making sure they were happy and taken care of. You could always find him helping with lining the field for Winfield High School football games or taking care of the players during hot summer months with cool towels. He wanted to put a smile on everyone’s face and would surprise people with gifts whenever he found something he thought they would like. He loved children and helping church youth activities or in classrooms as a substitute teacher’s aide. He found peace in exercise and was a lifelong runner.
He is survived by his children, Katy Altizer Melius and partner Peter Chanas of Winston-Salem NC; Molly and her husband Bryan Morrison of Scott Depot, Brett Altizer of Scott Depot; grandchildren, Briar and Freya; brother, Evan (Bea) of Huntington; sister Bronwyn (John) Smiley of Huntington; sister-in-law, Gail Tephabock of Kingsport, TN; brother-in-law Roger (Betty Jo) Clonch of Covington, VA; niece, Karin Williams (Scott) and nephews, Kevin Lynch and Shane Clonch; grand-niece Kaytlin (Jake) Erwin; grand-nephew Cameron; and new great grandnephew Lukas Scott Erwin.
Funeral service was Thursday, March 9, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Franklin Truman Douglas, 73, of Buffalo, passed away March 9, 2023.
Frank is retired from Payne’s Produce and enjoyed hunting.
He is preceded in death by his parents Hattie and Miner Douglas; brothers Cecil, Park, and Donald Douglas; and sisters Norma Holloway, Arbutus Douglas, and Janet Douglas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Connie Douglas; children April Doulas and Christian Douglas; brothers Keith Douglas and Archie Douglas; and a host of other family and friends.
At his request there will be no services.

Orland Dale Harkins, 82, died Monday, March 6, 2023 at Covenant Place, Sumter, SC.
Born February 11, 1941, in Kanawha County, Charleston, he was a son of the late Lonnie L. Harkins and Ruth Spradling Harkins.
Mr. Harkins was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Manning, SC. He was President/Owner of Harkins Moving & Storage Company in Sumter until his retirement in January 2006.
He was a Mason, an active member of the Omar Shrine Temple, Mt. Pleasant, SC, active member and past captain of the Omar Color Guard, a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 113, Charleston, SC, past President of the SLC Shrine Club, presently Gamecock Shrine Club, Sumter, SC, Helping Hands, and an active member of the Billikins Social Club of Santee. He was also an active member and Vice President of the Santee Shrine Club. He was past President of the SC Movers Association, Columbia, SC, past President of the National Defense Transportation Assoc., Sumter, SC, past member of Sumter Elks Lodge BPOE 855, Sumter, SC, past President of Crimestoppers, Sumter, SC, past member of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and past Chairman of the Ambassadors Club.
He was a U. S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran.
Surviving are a step-daughter, Dawn Hodges (Chris) of Summerton, SC; a step-son, Trey Hatfield of Spartanburg, SC; one brother, Adrian Lee Harkins (Donna) of Hurricane; 3 grandchildren, Hunter Hodges (Hillary), Madison Browder, Katelyn Covington (Hunter), and one great-grandchild, Ella Jane Covington.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carol Gene Harkins and Shirley Harry Harkins.
Graveside services were Saturday at the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Michael Murdock officiating and with military honors.

John E. Hill III, 52, of Hurricane, passed away on February 16, 2023.
He is preceded in death by his father John E. Hill II, and his step-father, Dan Truett.
John was a 1989 Graduate of Nitro High School. He proudly served the US Army, as a Specialist E-4, having served in South Korea. After the military he studied at West Virginia State University. He held job titles as a Fuel & Electrical System Rep, and most recently a Dispatcher for Cardinal Trucking.
John is survived by his loving mother, Debra Truett; daughter; Hannah Hill from Morgantown, WV, sons: Jacob Hill, and Timothy Cervantez, both from Texas; brother; Anthony Shane Hill (Kerri) from South Carolina, step-brothers: Justin Moles (Catrina), and Jason Moles, both of Cross Lanes, uncle; James Wall (Yolanda) of Sumerco, aunt; Kathy Tucker (Charles) of Cross Lanes, cousin and best friend; Todd Wall (Bobbie) of Cross Lanes.
A Celebration of Life for John will be 2:00 pm Friday April 7, at Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 130 Academy Drive, Institute, with Pastor Rick Pursley officiating.

William Brent “Bill” Hill, 78, of Scott Depot, went home to be with the Lord on March 10, 2023.
Bill was a graduate of Nitro High School. He is retired from Nitro Shade and Awning and former employee of Retina Consultants and Union Carbide as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He is a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church and a member of the Corvette Club.
Bill was a kind, caring, and loving man. A devoted Christian, father, grandfather, husband, and friend. He loved spending time with family and friends, telling stories of childhood and memories, as well as witnessing for the Lord. He was very active and enjoyed running, swimming, hiking, and weight lifting. He was always a joy to be around and would leave you feeling encouraged, and with a smile. He was a pleasure to have known.
He is preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Cleo Persinger Hill; wife Diane Gibeaut Hill; sisters Marjorie Gresham, Glenna Respass, and Rebecca Farley and brothers Kenneth, Jack, Leonard, James, and Richard Hill.
Bill is survived by his loving daughter Deborah Hill; granddaughter Kaley Hill; sister Patricia Lahorra; step-children Charlotte Shafer, Daniel Garnes, and Clifford Garnes; and a host of nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.
A tribute to the life of William B. “Bill” Hill was held Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Pete Thompson officiating. Burial was in the memory gardens.

Floyd Edwin “Ed” Legg, 78, of Buffalo, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital.
He was a 1963 graduate of Buffalo High School. Over years he was employed by Buffalo Shopping Center, Excello Concrete, Thomas Field & Company, and retired from Family Carpet. Ed loved to going to church and reading his Bible, and attended Shiloah Independent Church, Cross Creek Church, and Arbuckle Church. He loved hunting, trapping, gardening, and wood-working. Ed also loved the game of softball and played and coached for many years.
Born July 20, 1944, in Putnam County, he was the son of the late Elsworth Legg and Flossie Covert Legg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 41 years, Phyllis L. Legg; sister, Marlene Legg Cobb; brother, Thomas R. Legg; and son, Alvis Null; daughters, Yvonne Hawks, and Loretta Errett; and son-in-law, Bill Errett.
Survivors include his daughters, Marlene (Arnold) Thornton of Buffalo, Sharlene (Bucky) McDaniel of Hurricane, Carlene Shinn (Conrad Cain) of Buffalo, and Susie (Phil) Young of Buffalo; sisters, Wanda (Tom) Sheridan of Eleanor, and Kathy (Bob) Workman of Red House; brothers, Gene Legg of Poca, Roger (Shirley) Legg of Eleanor, and Rick (Malinda) Legg of Red House; 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. Ed is also survived by his beloved dog Dixie, as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral service was Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Paul Browning and Pastor Dan Mallett officiating. Burial was in Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg.

Susan Ann Stutler, 63, of Red House, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2023 at her home following a long illness. She was a graduate of Buffalo High School.
Born May 4, 1959, she was the daughter of the late William Browning and Janet McClanahan Browning.
Susan is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Russell Stutler; sister, Donna Bumgardner; brothers, Steve Browning, Jim Browning and Mike Browning.
Memorial service was held Thursday March 16, 2023 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.

Chris went home to be with our Lord and his parents March 1, 2023.
He is preceded in death by his parents Carl Thornton Sr and Mildred Thornton. He is survived by his wife Britany Thornton and his siblings, Melissa Thaxton of Statesville, NC., Carl Thornton Jr and wife Christy of Guyton, GA., Kenneth Thornton and wife Dee of Hurricane. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Valley Park in Hurricane.

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