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Obituaries for Week of March 23

Retha Mae (Beller) Dickerson, 90, of Nitro, passed away on March 14, 2023 at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
She was born on April 30, 1932 in Paradise and spent most of her life in Putnam County, living in the Nitro community for many years. She was a homemaker and a greenhouse worker but most importantly she was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother; always providing support to those she loved.
Retha was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years: Denny Lee Dickerson; parents: David and Mary Thornton Beller; as well as 10 brothers.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Annette Buirge (Tony) of St. Albans; Sons: Keith Scantlin (Artie) of Tennessee and Glenn Scantlin of Eleanor; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister: Deloris Holmes; and many nieces and nephews.
Retha’s Funeral Service was Saturday March 18, 2023 with Rev. Ron McClung officiating. Burial was in Barnett Chapel Community Cemetery, Liberty.

Charles Franklin “Petey” Harris, 42, of Buffalo, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023 at St. Mary’s Medical Center Huntington following a sudden illness. He loved fishing and spending time outdoors, riding 4-wheelers and just being outside. Music was also a big part of his life. Most of all, Petey loved his family and friends and will be sadly missed by many.
Born August 14, 1980, he was the son of Charles L. “Pete” Harris of Buffalo, and the late Effie G. Williams Harris.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Bethany Rickard; his daughter, Caitlyn Harris (Damion Saunders) of Buffalo; his aunts, Mary (Arnold) Bailey of Red House, Margaret Ann Miller of Buffalo, and Cora Young of Red House; his best friend Jeremy (Laura) White of Culloden; as well as extended family and many friends.
Funeral service was Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Mark Harris officiating. Private interment was in Buffalo Memorial Park.

William Asa Johnson, 86, of Hurricane, went peacefully home in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 after a short illness. Bill was born in Huntington on April 18th, 1936 to the late Moses and Elizabeth Johnson. He was preceded in death by his brothers Layton, Eldon, Lewis and sister Arbutis Carpenter. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Loretta Torman Johnson.
Bill was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist and absolutely loved serving beside his brothers and sisters in Christ. He served in the Army from 1955 through 1957. He was retired from Union Carbide Corporation with 33 years of service.
He is survived by his sons Curtis (Denise) of Hurricane, Dean (Janet) of Red House, and Perry (Melissa) of Hurricane. Grandchildren Camron (Kyonna) of Hurricane, Jenna of Red House, Bradley & Philip of Hurricane. Great Grandsons Kane and Ronan of Hurricane. Surviving siblings, his brothers Willard (his twin) of St. Mary’s and Harold of Hurricane. Sisters Mamie Crouch of Hurricane and Mae McCoy of Sod. Sister-in -Laws Bonnie Johnson, Ann Johnson & Joyce Burdette all of Hurricane. And many, many nieces and nephews as well. Bill was so proud and dearly loved all of his family. He often said how blessed he was when truthfully we were the “Blessed” ones.
Funeral service was Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Charlotte Lambert, 80, of Winfield, passed away March 11, 2023, at home following a long illness.
She was a Christian but was unable to attend church the past few years. Charlotte was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Preceding her in death were her father, Roy Basil Price; mother, Mary Elizabeth Simmons Price Kincaid; sister, Sue Regan; and step-father, Lester Kincaid.
Surviving are her husband of sixty years, John Paul Lambert; sons, Greg Lambert (Becky) of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, Tim Lambert of Bealeton, Virginia; brother, Lester ‘Butch’ Kincaid (Patty) of Elkhart, Indiana; sister, Sandy Kincaid of Kanawha City; grandchildren, Caleb Lambert of Clarksville, Tennessee, Janette Lambert of Apex, North Carolina, Kristen Sumpter (Jon) of St. Johns, Florida, Nicole (Nikki) and Jacob Lambert both of Fuquay-Varina, and Alex Lambert of Bealeton; great grandchildren, Rhett Lambert and Magnolia Sumpter.
Charlotte and John married in 1962 and lived in Richmond, Virginia for seven years where their two sons were born. Later they moved to Dale City, Virginia and lived there for eighteen years before moving to West Virginia in 1987. While in Virginia, Charlotte was very active in her church’s music program, singing in the choir, small groups and solos. She loved being a stay-at-home mom but entered the workforce when Greg and Tim entered middle school. She was a secretary to the Vice-President of Halifax Engineering.
Charlotte loved her family, gospel music and concerts, the yearly family vacations, bowling in her younger years, watching westerns and Hallmark movies, flowers and the many four-legged pets she had through the years.
Funeral service was Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Jim Simmons officiating. Interment was in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Jane Ann Pritt Moore, of Scott Depot, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2023 at Hubbard Hospice West. She was born on June 1, 1935 in Ward, WV to the late Harry and Elizabeth Pritt.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Moore; sisters: Nancy Beckner and Dorothy Samples; stepsister-in-law: Doris Walker; and stepson, Danny Moore.
Jane Ann was a long-time employee of Carbon Fuel. She was a devoted member of Winfield Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time there, serving with her friends. Jane Ann treasured her family and their special holiday dinners she had with them. She loved making things for other people, especially cooking, sewing, and crocheting. She was always smiling and could make friends with anyone and was every child’s mawmaw.
She is survived by siblings: Virginia Pritt, Linda Pritt, and Harry Pritt; stepdaughter, JoLonda Locker, sister-in-law, Carol Fish; grandchildren: David Locker, Kevin Locker, and Damien Moore, and her many cherished nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service for Jane Ann will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor David Johns officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park St. Albans

Michael E. Shawler, 71, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 19, 2023.
He was preceded in death by his parents William Thomas and Mary Laverne Shawler.
Mike grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where his beloved nickname “Mickey” originated and is still used by his sisters today. After attending Flaget High School in 1969, he was accepted into the University of Louisville where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering. His education led him to South Charleston where he worked over 30 years as a Process Engineer for multiple chemical companies including Union Carbide and Dow. He took a short ‘retirement’ in 2008 before returning as a Sr. Consultant at Belcan, continuing his support to the production engineering team at the Institute Plant.
He is survived by his wife, Sally A. Shawler of Hurricane. Sisters: Michele Raymer (Mike) and Patricia Garlitz of Louisville, KY, children: John Shawler (Chotika) of Hurricane, Ann Marie DeNardi (Kristopher) of Wheeling, and Paul Shawler (Lesley) of Carbondale, IL, grandchildren: Morgan and Preston, one uncle, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mike gave generously and devoted his time to charitable organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and the Kentucky Colonels. He was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Hurricane, where his guitar filled Mass for the past 40 years. His gift in music cascaded through the community. He loved an open-mic night at the local pub, strumming with the “Almost Heaven” Dulcimer Club, and playing clarinet with the community band; he graciously shared his talent with everyone he met.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Ascension Catholic Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Father Vincent Joseph officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Scott Depot.

Joann Cottrell Wackenheim, 87, formerly of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2023, in Hartland, Michigan, after a long illness.
She was born October 14, 1935 in Hurricane, the daughter of the late Carson L. and Ivel Foster Cottrell. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold W. Wackenheim and great-grandson, Tyler Dean.
She graduated from Hurricane High School and St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hurricane and First United Methodist Church in Norwalk. She was an avid hand quilter winning many awards at local and state fairs. She loved gardening and canning. She loved cooking for her family, especially at Thanksgiving where she would cook for up to 40 family and friends each year.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Beth Proctor, Sheri Lynn (Matt) Germane, and Susan Leigh (Greg) Hinshaw and a sister, Sharon Lee (Harold) Basham. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Emily Jade Proctor, Elizabeth Marie Proctor, Katherine Ilene (Alex) Fenech, Jonathan William (Alexandra) Germane, Joanna Leigh Germane, Robert Gregory Hinshaw, Claire Joanne Hinshaw, and Ellen Leander Hinshaw along with seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Service was Friday, March 17, at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, Huntington, with Pastor Tim Yates officiating. She was laid to rest in Valley View Cemetery in Hurricane.

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